The Purification of the Soul
- The Purification of the Soul
Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Man is mostly always involved with affairs of this world, and rarely has the time to devote to his Creator. He is constantly fighting a battle with time, and attempts to overtake it in his efforts to ensure a good standard of living for himself and his family. This is by itself not a bad goal, for it works towards sustaining himself against the elements, which can be rather harsh towards those who are careless in their pursuit towards achieving a good level for themselves and their loved ones.
Unfortunately in this process he tends to forget his obligations towards his inner self, his soul, which needs to constantly connect to his Creator. Man needs to keep a balance between his worldly involvement and his connection with his Creator. His actions in his worldly life need necessarily to be based on certain guidelines set by the Creator in order for him to be included in the greater plans the Creator has scheduled for him in the long run. He needs to keep his actions constantly in check to ensure he does not deviate from the straight path.
Today's book selection covers this topic fairly exhaustively with statements from the Quran and books of authentic hadith to make things abundantly clear. This book is a collection of the thoughts of three well known writers, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawjiyya and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, and it contains much that will stimulate us to better inner behaviour, which can only be good for us in the long run.
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