Sayyid Al-Hasan Ibn Abi al-Hasan Yasar al-Basri (d.110), may Allah be Merciful to him, the great Imam of Basra, Leader of the ascetics and scholars of his time and one of Hadith masters/narrators of the Tabi'in, said that two (2) thoughts roam over the soul; one from Allah Most High and one from the Enemy, Satan. Allah, Most High, shows Mercy on a servant who settles at the thought that comes from Him. He embraces the thought that comes from Allah, while he fights against the one from his enemy (Satan).
To illustrate the heart's mutual attraction between these 2 powers, the Prophet, may Allah bless and grant him peace, said:- "THE HEART OF A BELIEVER LIES BETWEEN TWO FINGERS OF THE MERCIFUL"-[Muslim, at-Tirmidhi]. The fingers stand for upheaval and hesitation in the heart.... If man follows the dictates of anger and appetite, the dominion of Satan appears in him through idle passion ([i]hawa) and his heart becomes the nesting-place and container of Shaytan; who feeds on hawa. If he does battle with his passions and does not let them dominate his ego (nafs), imitating in this the character of Angels, at that time his heart becomes the resting-place of Angels and they alight upon it.
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