They have been afflicted in the world with the most tremendous affliction that can be whilst they perceive not, and that is the death of the heart.
By al-Imām al-‘Allāmah Ibnul Qayyim al-Jawziyyah rahimahullāh
So what Dīn, and what good is there to be found in the one that sees the prohibitions of Allāh being committed, His prescribed punishments being laid to waste and abandoned, His Dīn left, and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) being thrown away while he is of cold heart with a silent tongue, a dumb-mute shaytān just as the one who speaks falsehood is a speaking shaytān? Is the tribulation of the Dīn in other than these, who if their source of food and position is safe, then there is no concern for what happens to the Dīn? The best of them is the one that feigns and pretends to be sad. If however, a dispute arose with regards to something that is important to him in his rank or wealth he would most certainly spend out and expend and make strong effort in earnest and he would have utilized the three levels of censure according to his ability. [This is in reference to the hadīth of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wassallam): “Whoever of you sees an evil then let him change it with his hand. If he is unable then with his tongue. If he is unable then with his heart and that is the weakest of Īmān.” (Muslim)]
For these, along with them being removed from closeness to Allāh and Allāh hating them, they have been afflicted in the world with the most tremendous affliction that can be whilst they perceive not, and that is the death of the heart. For the more complete the life is in the heart, the stronger and stronger its hatred is for the sake of Allāh and His Messenger (sall Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the more complete its assistance and victory is to the Dīn.
(‘Ilām al-Muwaqqi’īn 2/121)

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