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Monday, June 02, 2003  

On the Purification of the Self Purification is cleansing oneself. There are two kinds of cleanliness. One, exterior, is ordained by the precepts of the religion and is carried out by washing one's body with pure water. The other, inner purification, is obtained through the realization of the dirt in one's being, being aware of one's sins and sincerely repenting for them. This inner purification necessitates taking a spiritual path and is taught by a spiritual teacher. According to the religious rules and precepts, one becomes impure and one's ablution is broken when certain bodily matter such as faeces, urine, vomit, pus, blood, semen, etc., is expelled. This necessitates the renewal of the ablution. In the case of semen and menstrual bleeding a total washing of the body is necessary. In other cases the exposed extremities of the body - the hands and forearms, the face and feet - must be washed. Concerning renewing one's ablution our Master the Prophet, may Allah grant him peace, said: 'At each renewal of ablution Allah renews the belief of His servant whose light of faith is repolished and shines brighter,' and 'Repeated purification by ablution is light upon light'. Inner purity can also be lost, perhaps more often than outer purity, by bad character, low behaviour, harmful acts and attitudes such as pride, arrogance, lying, gossiping, slandering, envy and anger. Conscious and unconscious acts by one's senses soil the spirit: the mouth which eats unlawful food, the lips which lie and curse, the ear which listens to gossip and slander, the hand which strikes, the feet which follow the tyrant. Adultery, which is also a sin, is not performed only in bed; as the Prophet, may Allah grant him peace, says, 'The eyes also commit adultery'. When inner purity is thus soiled and spiritual ablution broken, the renewal of ablution is by sincere repentance, which is performed by realizing one's fault, by painful regret accompanied by tears (which are the water washing the dirt from the spirit), by intending never to repeat this fault, by wishing to leave all faults, by asking the forgiveness of Allah, and by praying that He prevent one from committing such a sin again. To pray is to present oneself in front of one's Lord. To have ablution, to be in a purified state, is a prerequisite for prayer. The wise know that the cleanliness of one's exterior being is not sufficient, for Allah sees deep into one's heart, which has to be given the ablution of repentance. Only then is prayer accepted. Allah says: This is what was promised for you - for every one who turned (to Allah) in sincere repentance, who kept (His law). (Sura Qaf, 32) The purification of the body and exterior ablution in accordance with religious precepts is also bound by time, for sleep cancels ablution as well. This cleanliness of the inner world, the ablution of the invisible self, is not limited by time. It is for the whole of life - not only for the temporal life of this world, but also for the eternal life of the hereafter. -Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, The Secret of Secrets (Sirr al-Asrar)



posted by SuFiSTiC | 6/02/2003 11:00:00 PM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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