۱۹ تیر ۱۳۹۹ | Jul 9, 2020
Self-purification

اَللّـهُمَّ طَهِّرْني فيهِ مِنَ الدَّنَسِ والأقذار،

O Allah, on this day, purify me from uncleanliness and dirt,

وَصَبِّرْني فيهِ عَلى كائِناتِ الأقدار،

make me patient over events that are decreed,

وَوَفِّقْني فيهِ لِلتُّقى وَصُحْبَةِ الأبرار،

grant me the ability to be pious, and keep company with the good,

بِعَوْنِكَ يا قُرَّةَ عَيْنِ الْمَساكينَ.

by Your help, O the beloved of the destitute.

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The Month of Ramadan, a golden Opportunity for Spiritual Self-purification

Just as human body needs to be washed every now and then to be cleansed of filth and impurities, human soul also needs to be purified of the sins that one commits. The month of Ramadan is the month in which people are invited to a gathering arranged by Allah. In order to be worthy enough for this invitation, we all need to first purify ourselves through repentance, imploring Allah for forgiveness, strengthening the spirit of piety in ourselves, and worship Allah with total submission.

Furthermore, the month of Ramadan itself constitutes a golden opportunity to purify ourselves even further and become worthy of receiving divine pardon and forgiveness. The best opportunity to do so in the month of Ramadan is given to us all on the Nights of Qadr; on these sacred nights, one needs to keep prayer vigil and repent to Allah in order to purify one’s heart of the impurities which have covered it. They then need to use the light that they find on these nights to find their way to the right path, abstain from further sins, and make their way toward the Lord.

This issue has also been reflected in various Islamic traditions; these traditions indicate that people need to repent immediately after their lapses and sins. This means that they must quickly cleanse their souls of the impurity of the sins in order to prevent them from making permanent damage.

After cleansing the soul of the impurities of sins, it will be ready for its journey toward Allah and for truly repenting and turning to Him penitently. In short, one first needs to purify one’s heart and then use it for his spiritual journey toward Allah.

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