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Gardens of Purification

Author: Shaykhul Islām ibn Taymiyyah

This English translation of ‘Al-Zuhd Wal Wira’ Wal Ibadah’ is from the shorter works penned by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah. Within it, he signposts profound points of self-purification in thorough detail, presenting a refreshing outline the reader can easily appreciate and administer in his/her daily life.

 

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Gardens of Purification

Allah the Most High Said: “And hasten to the forgiveness of your Lord and a Paradise as wide as Heavens and the Earth prepared for those who fear Allah”

Citing his teacher Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Al-Qayyim said that, ‘zuhd is to leave something that has no benefit for one’s Hereafter. And wars’ is to leave something for fear of harming one’s Hereafter.”

Zuhd reflects a lack of want and desire for something, and wara’is to abstain from something and guard against potential hazards. Yet both these qualities are nuanced and the correct course to take in assuming asceticism and piety is to abstain from unlawful acts and desires, while being moderate in all forms of worship. It is primarily knowing that adherence to the Sunnah preserves its followers from blameworthy desirous self and the evil it harvests.

Indeed those who follow paths of religious innovation cannot escape falling into the traps of sins and being shackled by its chains because it is a consequence of following desires. It is for this reason, innovators are called people of desires; and while the path of the Sunnah is paved with knowledge, justice and guidance- the path of innovation is paved with ignorance, oppression, and pursuit of speculation and whatever the desirous self is apt to want.


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