Sufi Wisdom

Wisdom of the Prophet Isa

There is a well-known tradition related in Imam Malik’s ‘Muwatta’, that Jesus, the son of Mary, peace be upon them both, said, “Do not sit in a gathering without remembering God, for if you do, your hearts will harden, and a hard heart is distant from God.”

The hardening of the physical heart occurs from lack of physical exercise. Similarly, the spiritual heart is hardened by lack of spiritual exercise – the spiritual exercise of the heart is called ‘Dhikru’Llah’, which simply means, ‘remembering God’.


Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, in his Forward to ‘The Prophetic Invocations’ book compiled by Abdallah ibn Alawi al-Haddad.