23 – IARLG – LET US PURIFY OURSELVES – GETTING RID OF SINS; Date: 18th July 2014; 20th/21st Ramadan 1435

Date: 18th July 2014; 20th/21st Ramadan 1435;

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/suggests a method to purify one’s ownself:


By Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul), and Him Who perfected him in proportion; Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him. Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself.  And indeed he fails who corrupts his ownself. (Qur’an 91:7-10)

All of us need to purify ourselves continuously. There are many ways to purify ourselves but we will be focusing on the part of removing sins especially those that grow as habits.

Let us assume that there is a fertile land and you have some seeds. Let us further assume that this fertile land and these seeds are not your ordinary fertile land and seeds. One final assumption we should make is that each of us is stuck in their own private fertile land till the last day and we each possess a large bag of different seeds. Explanations of the assumptions are as follows:

  • The fertile land’s fertility is actually Satan’s whispers which seep through the soil calling one to plant one or more seeds. Once seduced by the whisper from the soil and the seed is planted it will only grow because of Satan’s whispers in the soil which acts as fertility.
  • The seeds are held in your bag are different but can all grow in any part of the fertile land. It is possible that a planted seed {sin} will grow only due to the accepting the land’s fertility {Satan’s whispers}. It will grow faster if you pour water {you are helping Satan} on the seed.

There is no way to stop the land from being fertile because Satan’s whispers will always exist till the last day. We need ensure our seeds are never planted in the first place, and if planted to repent, seek refuge with Allah and remove the seed as fast as possible before it grows. If the seed has grown to such an extent as a tree, we will need to repent, seek refuge with Allah and try to remove the tree from the roots as fast as possible. The trees need to be removed as soon as possible as they give birth to different other seeds {sins} whether you want to or not. The seed(s) once removed goes back to your bag and the tree(s) once completely removed changes back into a seed back to your bag; a person may go back to planting the same seed again after all.

It has come to our attention that not everybody is equal; one person may be good at not performing a certain sin whereas another person may be addicted and is performing that same sin daily. No matter what everyone has room to improve:

A good example we heard from Nouman Ali Khan is as follows: Consider that AAA lives 2 km from the Masjid ABC and BBB lives 10 metres from Masjid ABC. AAA is always on the first row and arrives before the adhan in Masjid ABC is called; he has successfully done this for 5 years straight. BBB on the other hand never prays and has never gone to any Masjid for 5 years straight. On the next day both AAA and BBB are praying in the second row of Masjid ABC. AAA feels that he is deeply in sin {by arriving late} and is apologizing to Allah while praying; he deeply regrets that he only made it to the second row. BBB feels that he has accomplished something great and is very happy that he is getting closer to Allah.

“And I free not myself (from blame). Verily, the (human) self is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows His Mercy (upon whom He wills). Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an 12:53)

Note: if you are thinking about planting and removing a seed before it grows and then planting it again and removing it and so on then your repentance is not sincere. Also remember that these seeds can’t be destroyed but only kept; everybody has the capability of committing any sin {planting any seed} after all. Be wary of the seeds you feel inclined to plant most of the times. Repent, seek Allah’s refuge and stand up as a true Muslim against your tendency to plant those seeds you have been planting.

After repenting and seeking refuge with Allah please find the table below which will demonstrate how to remove the seeds {small sins} or the tree {large sins}:

STATUS OF THE SEED A practical Example QURAN
To plant or not to plant the seed Satan tells a person {with four wives} to flirt with another person’s wife. He flirts with one person. The best option at this stage is to remember Allah. If you are thinking that you are not Al-Muttaqun then know that you have the ability to be one. Note that although some people are not affected by this kind of whisper {of flirting} they will be affected by other kinds which they will have to remember Allah and to fight off. Verily, those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious), when an evil thought comes to them from Shaitan(Satan), they remember (Allah), and (indeed) they then see (aright). (Qur’an 7:201)
The seed is now growing thanks to the fertily of the land and the watering even though it is not necessary Men and women who are now used to flirting and are not lowering the gaze. They are saying they don’t know why they are used to flirting. They are lying, can you imagine a person suddenly starts shouting, “Help!! Look I am going to flirt, I can’t control myself. Why, why? Does anyone know why?” We will tell you why, it is because it makes you feel good and you feel proud, cool doing so. We should stop playing these games; we should feel good pleasing Allah and not our desires. Please Allah continuously and you will get used to it and you will also feel good pleasing only Allah.
The tree is established Now the Men and women are masters of flirting, telling this person to stop is not efficient as we will only be cutting the tree above. Since the roots still exist and the fertile soil isn’t going away we need to remove the tree from the root. Finding the root is going to be tough and usually only the owner of the tree may know the root of the tree. In this case the root problem is that the person is feeling good, cool from flirting. As long as this root problem is not crushed…
The tree is established and other seeds {sins} have been produced and have developed Not wearing nikab, fornication, leaving the prayer, arrogance and many other seeds have been produced and grown. This has resulted from seeking pleasure in doing things which displeases Allah. A careful order should be put in place to destroy all these trees. For example one stops fornication, by not flirting, lowering the gaze etc thanks to the beneficial knowledge sought. The person now knows why one should fear and please Allah, and In Shaa Allah acts on his knowledge.

Last note: Remember these are all assumptions to help eliminate one’s own sins. If you repent sincerely Allah forgives, but you can’t just repent example on committing fornication, without repenting for not lowering the gaze also. The above lesson teaches us to repent from the core sin.

23 - IARLG - LET US PURIFY OURSELVES – GETTING RID OF SINS; Date: 18th July 2014; 20th/21st Ramadan 1435; (78 downloads)


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