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Introspection, Accountability, Struggle and Rebuking the Soul

Both the heart and the soul need a daily revival, rather they require a revival every now and then.

Unless man quickens his heart every now and then he will stray from the straight path, not to mention his heart would grow harder and even more heedless

For this reason, those who seek what is with Allah have stipulated self-accountability, struggling against the soul, and self-criticism as means to purify the soul

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The Nature of Accountability

Know that as the servant reminds his soul to do good in the morning, so too should he bring it to account at sunset, just as merchants do with their partners.

For merchants bring their associates to account at the end of every year, month, or day, out of love for this life and the fear that they might miss a worldly profit - though its benefits last but a short while. So then what of the deeds whose consequences are eternal - either eternal bliss or eternal despair?

How could a sane person possibly be heedless of rechoning his soul? ...

He should bring his soul to account with regards to the obligatory duties first. If he has performed them perfectly, he should thank Allah, and encourage his soul to keep this up ...

He should not neglect any word that issues from his mouth nor any deed he does even if it is trivial, for the soul is inclined to betrayal. Rather, he requires it to mend what evil it has committed, keeping in mind his standing before Allah on the Day of Judgement. So too should he apply the same stringency to his gaze, his passing thoughts, his food and his sleep. He should even bring his soul to account regarding his silence.

Setting the balance in this way enables him to know what he has done right and what he has done wrong, and what he has achieved of profit and loss; recording the balance in his heart as the business partner records the debts or the credits of his partner in the records

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The Mark of Prostration (On the Forehead)
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Is there any proof that the mark that develops on the forehead from prostration is a sign of righteousness?
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This is not a sign of righteousness; rather, light on one’s face, calmness in ones chest, good manners, and the like are. As for the mark that results from prostrating, it even shows up on the face on those people who only pray the obligatory prayers, from some kind of sensitivity in their skin. And it does not appear on the faces of some people who pray often and who prolong their prostrations.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah vol.8, p.330 DARUSSALAM
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But the greatest bliss is the acceptance by Allah) (9: 72) The statement of Allah the Exalted next,

[سِيمَـهُمْ فِى وُجُوهِهِمْ مِّنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ]

(The mark of them is on their faces from the traces of prostration.) refers to graceful appearance, according to Ibn `Abbas as reported from him by `Ali bin Abi Talhah. Mujahid and several others explained: "It means, humbleness and reverence.'' Some said, "The righteous good deed brings light to the heart, brightness to the face, ampleness in provisions, and love in people's hearts.'' The Leader of the faithful, `Uthman bin `Affan said, "Everyone who hides a secret, then Allah the Exalted will either show on his face what he's done or by the words that accidentally slip from his mouth.'' Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin `Abbas said that the Prophet said,

«إِنَّ الْهَدْيَ الصَّالِحَ، وَالسَّمْتَ الصَّالِحَ، وَالْاقْتِصَادَ، جُزْءٌ مِنْ خَمْسَةٍ وَعِشْرِينَ جُزْءًا مِنَ النُّبُوَّة»

(Verily, good conduct, graceful appearance and moderation are one part out of twenty-five parts of prophethood.) Abu Dawud also collected this Hadith. Therefore, since the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them all, had sincere intentions and righteous good deeds, all those who looked at them liked their appearance and conduct. Imam Malik said, "I was told that when the Christians saw the Companions, who conquered Ash-Sham, they commented, `These people are, by Allah, better than the Disciples (of `Isa) according to what has been conveyed to us.''' They indeed said the truth, for this Ummah was mentioned in an honorable way in previously revealed Scriptures. The best and most honored members of this Ummah are the Companions of the Messenger of Allah .

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Serving Others and Modesty

Serving others and modesty are two means of purifying the soul, and are two signs that the soul is purified. For this reason, Allah and His Messenger have ordered us to practice them.

He (peace be upon him) said: (Allah will be in one's aid as long as he aids his brother)

Allah (SWT) says: "And lower your wings for the believers (i.e. be courteous to the fellow-believers)" (15:88)

Service is of two kinds: private and public. Both have their effects on the purifying process.

Public service entails patience, lenienecy and a readiness to serve others. Private service entails modesty and humility toward the believers. For this reason both types of service are some of the greatest means to purification - if one offers them sincerely and with patience. Service is based on modesty, which is a means of purifiying the soul from such vices as vain pride and haughtiness

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Knowing Satan's Deceptions and How to Overcome Them

Satan has great influence over the souls, except him that Allah protects. Satan prods the souls through their lust for material and non-material gains. He is a veteran in recognizing the weak points in man.

Knowing his tactics is one of the means to immunize the soul against them, and consequently of purifying the soul (Al-Ghazaly)

The Entrances of Satan [Satan's Tactics into] the Heart

Know that the parable of this is like that of a fort and Satan is the enemy who tries to invade and occupy it. Man will not be able to protect that fort except through guarding its entrances and weak points. Thus, none but he that knows its entrances can protect it. Protecting the heart from Satan's whisperings is obligatory - the duty of every individual. ...

We will not be able to repel Satan's machinations except by knowing them. Thus such knowledge is obligatory. The tools of Satan are the very characteristics of man - there are too many to detail them all, but we will refer to the most important aspects, which do not narrow for the multitude of Satan's hosts.

From among his tools are anger and lust

Anger is the ghoul of reason. When the hosts of reason weaken, the hosts of Satan attack. So when man becomes angry, Satan plays with him as the boys play with a toy.

Envy and miserliness are other tools of Satan.

When man becomes miserly, his miserliness blinds him. ...

Man's insight knows Satan's tricks well. But if it is covered by envy and niggarliness, it can no longer be seen. At this, Satan seizes the opportunity to beautify to the miserly person what is evil and repugnant, so as to encourage him to satisfy his lusts.

A full stomach - even one full from lawful food - is another tool of Satan. For filling one's stomach strengthens lusts, which are the weapon of Satan.

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Satan's Tools

Knowing Satan's Deceptions and How to Overcome Them (2)

- The love of glittering things like furniture, clothes, houses, and their effects are some of Satan's gates. When Satan finds one of these gates, he rejoices and gets to work. He does not cease encouraging man to decorate the house more and expand it ...

- Another gate is coveting what other people possess. For when man becomes covetous, Satan does not cease to beautify for him other people's possession until they become for him a god. So man does not cease to search for a means to acquire it ...

- Other tools of Satan are haste in doing deeds before clearing up the facts.

 The Messenger of Allah said: "Haste is from the Satan, while deliberation is from Allah." (Hadith related by Al-Tirmidhi) ...

- Accumulating wealth such as livestock or real estate is another entry of Satan. What exceed's man's necessities of life is Satan's abode. He that has strength is an empty hearted man. If he were to find one hundred dinars, many desires would arise in his heart, all demanding the money to fulfill their whims ...

- Misery and the fear of poverty are the wide gates through which Satan reaches the human heart. These two vices prevent man from giving charity and invite him to hoard his money. This leads to the Hellfire, as is well-known in the Qur'an. ...

- Bigotry, abiding by a specific doctrine, and disdain of disputants are other tools. They destroy both hermits and immoral people. ...

- Another tool of Satan is thinking ill of other Muslims. ...

Undoubtedly, if man were to succeeed in purifying his heart from these vices, Satan would mislead him by causing him to commit minor sins, such as passing ideas. This can be overcome by mentioning Allah.

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Diseases of the Heart and Their Remedies

Purifying the soul is comprised of two acts: giving up bad habits and adopting good ones

We can say that purifying the soul is assuming good characteristics; and confirming the Oneness of Allah and purifying it from evil acts. Knowing the nature of the purifying process is a means to purifying the soul, for there is no purification except through knowledge...

He that wishes to uncover the defects of the soul must follow these four steps:

1- To consult a veteran expert who knows the defects of the soul and the remedies. However, this is rare at the present time.

2- Find a truthful and sincere friend and set him as a guard over his words and actions. This friend should point out to him any defects, whether internal or external, for our righteous predecessors would do this ...

3- One may know one's defects from the tongues of one's enemies, for the spiteful eye will disclose one's evil characteristics and spread them far and wide. It may well be that one benefits more from one's enemies than one's friends who do nothing but flatter and praise ...

4- One should mix with people. Whatever evil he sees in them, he will accuse his own soul of, for the believer is the mirror of the other believer - he learns from the defects f others, knowing that his own instincts have much the same inclinations. One should rebuke his soul and purify it from what he detests in the behavior of others

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Important Points to Remember

1- The barriers against purifying the soul are so strong that, had it not been for Allah's grace and bounty, it could not have occured. One must exert great efforts to achieve this end. One should invoke Allah for help in this regard.

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah used to pray unto Allah: "O Allah, grant my soul piety and purify it. You are the best to purify the souls. You are its Creator and Sustainer (Hadith in Sahih Muslim)

2- Forgiving and pardoning those who have done wrong to us are among the means to purify the soul.

3- To not follow the footsteps of Satan is another means of purifying the soul

4- Hating to spread lewdness among the believers whether directly or indirectly

5- Withholding one's tongue from attacking people and giving up what causes harm

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The Five Main Elements for Purifying the Soul

First: There are impurities related to the heart and impurities related to the soul that are caused by idolatry. Allah (SWT) says:

"And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree uprooted from the surface of earth having no stability" (4:26)

Thus, the tree of idolatry has many branches of showing slavery to others besides Allah, following the misguided ways and adopting evil characteristics like pride and envy. The first requirement to purify the soul is to purify it from idolatry in all forms

Second: The heart is inclined to suffer from various forms of darkness like hypocracy, unbelief, immorality, innovation, confusion and instability, and disobedience. On the other hand, encompassing the heart in the Divine Light clears it from these vices so that one may see clearly. Allah (SWT) says:

"Allah is the Wali [Protector or Guardian] of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light" (2:257)

Third: The human soul has numerous desires: some are material, while others are immaterial. Some are lawful, while others are unlawful. Love of food and drink are examples of material desires. Love of revenge and authority are examples of immaterial desires. Some of these desires are lawful if one adopts the correct path to fulfill them, such as the desire for sex which can be lawfully satisfied within marriage.. Other desires are fundamentally unlawful, or originally lawful but fulfilled in an unlawful manner. Purifying the soul from these unlawful desires, and avoiding the unlawful fulfillment of lawful desires are part of purifying the soul

Fourth: The soul and the heart become inflicted with disease just as the corporate body does. The soul is vulnerable to diseases such as arrogance, vain pride, envy and rancor. Curing the heart of such diseases in another part of purifying the soul

Fifth: The soul is susceptible to its environment, temptation and other worries. As a result it may follow Satan's footsteps or follow an erring sect. Leaving the path of Satan is another aspect of purifying the soul.

He that knows these five elements has found the best path to purifying his soul. He has also discovered that purifying the soul leads to its growth

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Diseases of the soul are of two kinds: The first kind contradicts the normal stations of the heart which we shall deal with. Showing off and idolatry contradict Tawhid and servitude to Him. Love of authority and power contradict asceticism.

The second kind of disease contradicts adopting Allah's Attributes and emulating the Messenger of Allah. For example, anger for an unjust cause contradicts magnanimity ...

The First Subject: Disbelief, Hypocracy, Wickedness and Innovation

The first thing man should concentrate on is purifying his soul from disbelieving in Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him. ... Disbelief is a form of darkness with which no deed is meritorious.

Then one should purify his soul from theoretical and practical hypocracy. Theoretical hypocracy entails believing in the reality of Islam in a way that is contrary to what it has clearly proclaimed. ...

Then the servant should purify his soul from rebellion against the commandments of Allah and acts of disobedience. He should not violate prohibitions nor should he shun commandments. He should further eschew the vices that are both manifest and concealed.

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The Second Subject: Idolatry and Showing Off

Idolatry is one of the most henious diseases with which humanity has been afflicted, as it gives lordship to that which does not deserve it.

It disperses the heart in many directions so that it does not offer the acts of worship nor does it receive guidance or light from its due source. ...

The Muslim who believes in Tawhid has freed his soul from all this, but he is, nevertheless, vulnerable to the hidden idolatry, i.e. hypocracy. You may see such a person behaving as if he worships another individual. This is the source of hypocracy that has injurious effects on its owner and the society as a whole as it is a form of deception and is fatal to the soul in this life and in the life to come.

The Remedy of Showing Off and the Way to Cure the Heart

In order to liberate one's soul from showing off, one must first uproot it from one's heart, and then repel it if it emerges at a later time. This can be achieved through two means:

The First Means: Love of authority and love of fame are both sources of showing off. This can be attributed to three causes: a love of [other] people's praise, a hatred of their criticism and a covetous desire for the possessions of others. ...

The Second Means: The servant should repel the passing temptations of Satan while performing acts of worship. Satan does not despair of misleading the one who struggles against his soul, and has uprooted all forms of showing off from his heart. ...

The effective remedy lies in repelling the idea before the desire to follow through strengthens it. ...

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The Third Subject: Love of Authority

When someone initiates a deed for the sake of authority or fame, the result will be full of flaws. Authority and fame lead, most often, to unlawful measures.

Man's impetuous nature in this affair causes him to fall short from doing good deeds when he cannot achieve what he wants.

Competing with others for authority and fame leads to conflict - besides defiling one's intention - thereby spoiling the reward for the deed. For this reason, this disease is considered dangerous and must be cured

Remedy for Love of Authority

Know that he whose heart is bent on love for authority is keen to please the people. He treats them in an extremely courteous way; he continually seeks to raise his status among them with every act and utterance. This is the seed of showing off and the essence of corruption.

This necesarily leads to neglecting acts of worship and showing off in order to reach a firm place in people's hearts. For this reason, the Messenger of Allah likened their love to two wolves that corrupt one's religion. Love of authority plants the seed of showing off. Showing off is to utter or do what contradicts one's convictions. ...

Thus, love of authority is destructive: one should extirpate it from the heart. This is an instinct from man's nature just as the love of wealth. ...

Thus, he who is keen for this passing life should cure his soul from the love of authority by realizing the defects of the ephemeral world. One way to achieve this is to reflect on the dangers that face the dignitaries and celebrities. Each dignitary is an object of envy that people desire to harm. He is ever fearful lest he should lose his authority or lest his public opinion drops ...

As for practice, one should forget about people's praise. One way to acquire this state is to perform blameworthy deeds. Although this may degrade him in the eyes of people, Allah would accept them.

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A short break with Q & A from a live session on IOL titled:
How to Purify Your Heart
 
Q: How to stay steadfast in good deeds; surroundings are too distracting
 
A: Yes, surroundings are too distracting. This is why we need to be always in supplication asking Allah for steadfastness.

What is important is that whenever we are distracted, we come back. This needs help sometimes which can be provided by good companions who can take our hands back to the right track.

Good companionship is of great help, as well as asking Allah all the time for guidance and steadfastness
 
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