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“To be devout for a short while is to survive for ever, but devotion is rare.”

June 9, 2012 1 comment

 

It has been related that a righteous man used to say, “O self, be devout and you will be pure.” When any worldly fortune, in which the self finds comfort and towards which the heart inclines, intrudes upon our worship, then it impairs the purity of our efforts and ruins our sincerity. Man is preoccupied with his good fortune and immersed in his desires and appetites; rarely are his actions or acts of worship free of temporary objectives and desires of this kind. For this reason it has been said that whoever secures a sin­gle moment of pure devotion to Allah in his life will sur­vive, for devotion is rare and precious, and cleansing the heart of its impurities is an exacting undertaking.

In fact, devotion is the purifying of the heart from all impurities, whether few or many, so that the intention of drawing nearer to Allah is freed from Read more…

Types of Self-Delusion

April 27, 2012 Leave a comment

MISGUIDED CHARACTER: TYPES OF SELF-DELUSION

By Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (D.505 AH)

Self-delusion is not peculiar to non-believers; it happens to believers as well. The following is a sincere look and discussion of self-delusion, its subtleties and how it could possibly happen to believers of varying degrees of faith, be they worshippers, men of learning, men of wealth, etc Read more…

Four Ways to Reform Ones Inner-Self

February 10, 2011 5 comments

Allah Most High has granted Hujjatul-Islam Imam Ghazali rahimahullah a peculiar understanding of the intricacies of the human soul, along with a remarkable talent of instruction and moral grooming. Imam Ghazali holds that there are four ways to recognise one’s evil traits.

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Pride & Arrogance

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Imam al-Ghazali writes:

“Pride, conceit and boasting are deep seated illnesses. They are defined as a person viewing himself as greater and more important than others, while viewing others as inferior and mediocre Read more…

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Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Reciting the Qur’an disciplines the soul in many respects. It teaches man what he is required to do and stirs in him what he needs to purify his soul.

Reciting the Qur’an enlightens the heart and reminds it of every proper conduct. In this way, it aids the other duties of Islam bringing Read more…

Fear of Allah

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Imam Ghazali (rahimahullah) said:

‘Fear rips away desires and muddens luxuries so that cherished sins become reprehensible, just as a honey lover is repelled by it when he learns that it has poison in it. This is how fear burns desires; disciplines the organs; subordinates the heart and gives it tranquillity. It also enables the heart to rid itself of pride, hatred and envy; and leaves it absorbed in it (fear). Hence, the heart becomes preoccupied with its own worries and looks towards its best interest in the long run. It is then engaged in only matters like meditation, self-analysis and struggle. It cherishes its time and moments.’

(Ihya 4/160)

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