Cleaning House


Eleven days ago, I spent pretty much the entire day with my sister cleaning a filthy, disgusting kitchen, the likes of which I would never believe could exist had I not seen it with my own eyes. The ironic thing of it all is that 11 days ago we were in the blessed last ten days of Ramadhan, a blessing indeed. So while I scrubbed and inhaled chemicals that surely hindered my breathing capabilities, I neglected cleansing of other pressing matters.

Habib 'Ali Al Jifri mentions in his book, Wayfarers to God that when it comes to cleaning, even our bodies, people do not mind cleaning their own filth, but they are repulsed at the filth of others. Their own filth is perceived as less of a filth, which may be why we have such a challenge purifying ourselves.

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali said, "The hyprocrite looks for faults; the believer looks for excuses."

Exploration of the science of purification of the soul is surely a lot to chew on, and implementation of it all is battle certainly worth struggling towards.

May God give us success with Him, ameen!


Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu Farzeen,


This a veryyyy interesting post! I totally agree with everything you said, and couldn't dream of putting it down so well. Masha'Allah.

Thanx for sharing it.


Farzeen said...

Wa 'alaykum assalaam wa rahmatuAllahi wa barakaatu :)

That interesting eh? :) Thanks love.. your kinds words are appreciated.

I notice a difference in my writing when it's from my heart and my mind.. weird eh? lol.. This one is from my mind, but taps on the heart.

I have so much to do and seem to get absolutely nothing done (as you so kindly remind me of each Compliments to the devil himself and my nafs...

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu Farzeen,

Humm.. well I know nothing about writing from the heart and writing from the mind, I count my blessings.. people get the drift of what I'm saying.

Oh.. I didn't realize I remind you everyday.. I think it's more, you mention it everyday, and I just add to it, with my brillant ideas (ie. painting)..hehe


"Do you think that you will enter the Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: 'When (will come) the help of God?' Ah! Verily the help of God is (always) near!" [2:214]



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--Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]