Purification of the Soul تزكية النفس

Hadith on Shafa’a: The Prophet chooses intercession as mercy

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I had a choice between the intercession and only half of my nation entering Paradise, […]

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Hadith on Dua: Supplication for purity after beginning prayer

Abu Huraira reported: When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, began the opening exaltation of prayer, he would remain silent for a short while before reciting.

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Warraq on Humility: We’d treat them well until disdain left our hearts

Al-Qushayri reported: Abu al-Husayn al-Warraq, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Whomever we hated to meet, we would not take revenge for our own sake. Rather, we would excuse

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Hadith on Wudu: Guard your ablution, inwardly and outwardly

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Remain upright, as it is a blessing if you can do so. The best of your

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Hadith on Tazkiyah: What is purification of the soul?

Abdullah ibn Mu’awiyah reported: A man said, “What is purification of the soul?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “That one knows Allah Almighty is

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Rabia on Sins: Disease is sin, cure is seeking forgiveness

Abu Nu’aym reported: Al-Rabia’ ibn Khuthaym, may Allah have mercy on him, said to his companions, “Do you know the disease, the cure, and the healing?” They said no. Al-Rabia’

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Awn on Trials: Allah sends trials as medicine, like doctors and parents

Qurrah reported: ‘Awn, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, Allah compels his servant into a trial in the same way as caretakers do to their sick and their

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Muzanni on Abu Bakr: Righteous Caliph was favored by his pure heart

Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi reported: Bakr ibn Abdullah al-Muzanni said, “Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, was not favored over people because of abundant of fasting and prayer. Rather, he

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Hadith on Kibr: I want my soul to be pure of arrogance

Abdullah ibn Hanzalah reported: Abdullah ibn Salaam, may Allah be pleased with him, passed by the market carrying bundles of firewood. It was said to him, “What makes you do

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Rabiah on Tawbah: You can only repent if Allah turns to you first

Al-Qushayri reported: A man said to Al-Rabiah al-‘Adwiyyah, may Allah have mercy on her, “I have committed many sins and acts of disobedience. If I turn to Allah in repentance,

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Hadith on Ramadan: Zakat al-Fitr as purification for misbehavior

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, obligated Zakat al-Fitr as purification of the fasting person from vain talk and misbehavior, as food for

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Hadith on Istighfar: Praying for repentance after committing a sin

Abu Bakr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No man commits a sin, then purifies himself in ablution, then prays, and then asks Allah for forgiveness,

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Hadith on Justice: Day of just leadership better than years of worship

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A day of just leadership is better than sixty years of worship, and a legal limit

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Qatadah on Istighfar: Quran shows us spiritual diseases, their cures

Salam ibn Miskin reported: Qatadah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, this Quran tells you about your diseases and your cures. As for your diseases, they are your

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Ibrahim on Healing: Medicine for the soul is in five things

Al-Azdi reported: Ibrahim al-Khawwas, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The cure of the heart is in five things: reading the Quran with contemplation, emptying the stomach, standing for

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Hadith on Sawm: Fasting each month purifies the heart

Amr ibn Shurahbil reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Shall I tell you about what will rid the heart of impurities? Fasting three days

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Hadith on Trials: Believer purified by illness like iron in a fire

Abdur Rahman ibn Azhar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the parable of the believer, when he is afflicted by illness or fever,

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Abu Dujanah on Deeds: Pure heart to Muslims, mind own business

Zayd ibn Aslam reported: He as admitted into the home of Abu Dujanah, may Allah be pleased with him, while he was ill, but his face was joyful. It was

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Fudayl on Tazkiyyah: Prophets and righteous have pure hearts

Abu Nu’aym reported: Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “It has been said that among the character of the prophets and chosen elect is the purity

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Sufyan on Zuhd: He gains wisdom once he forsakes worldly life

Abu Nu’aym reported: Sufyan al-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “When a servant renounces the world, Allah will cause wisdom to grow in his heart and to come

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