He who purifies the soul, he is successful.
[Surah al Shams 91:9]
Just as the body falls ill, the ruh (soul) also falls ill.The illnesses of the ruh include pride, jealousy, malice, hatred, love of dunya (worldly life) and suspicion. However, we are not concerned with these spiritual diseases although the health of the ruh should be the prime concern for every Muslim. The sicknesses of the ruh can be eradicated under the supervision and instruction of those who are masters of the diseases of the heart (Ulama-e-Rabba’niyyeen).
Purification of the heart under these ulama (scholars) requires sacrifice, devotion, steadfastness and years of struggling and depriving the nafs. Only after years of mujahadah (striving) against the nafs can the heart reach the rank of purification and attain the true love of Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم
Sayyiduna Abu Huraira رضى الله عنه narrated that Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said ‘Verily Allah does not look at your appearances and your wealth but He looks at your heart and your deeds.’ [reported by Imam Muslim]
[This short excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 5th August 1998].