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Tazkiyah: Purification of the Soul


Islam has three dimensions or levels, which in Arabic are called islam, iman, and ihsan. Islam (submission) refers to having the correct actions, that is, ones that are in accordance with the Quran and Sunna. Iman (faith) refers to having the correct knowledge (aqidah). Ihsan (excellence) refers to having the correct motivations.

Much attention is given to islam and iman and to matters of Shari'a and aqidah. But ihsan is important too. Having the correct motivations means purifying our souls from hypocrisy, caprice, heedlessness, and everything else that keeps us from serving Allah SWT for His sake alone. This purification of the soul is called tazkiyah.

On this page are articles about tazkiyah. I hope that these may help you in your personal jihad against your nafs.


The Writings of Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Some excellent articles on tazkiyah have been written by Imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah. Ibn al-Qayyim was a student of Imam Ibn Taimiya. You can read a brief biography and some quotes and poetry. Here are some of his writings that are available online in English.

A Refutation of Naturalists

Addressing the Believers


Allaah is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

Allah Grants Help and Victory to Followers of the True Deen


Beneficial and Comprehensive Principles Concerning Afflictions and Trials

Between The Past And The Future

Bitter Consequences of Sin

Captivated, Imprisoned and Fettered

Creation is in Need of Allah

Dead Hearts

Fawaa'id; Points of Benefit

Four Actions Towards Taqwaa

From Shaytan's Deceptions: Going to Extremes

Good Manners in Dealing with the Ignorant

Greatness of Allah

How Does a Learned Person Call to Allah?

Human Beings Have a Great Capacity for Self-Delusion

I Have Divided...

Love of Allah

Migration to Allaah

On Following Desires

On the Ways of Satan in Leading Humans Astray

Perfecting One's Character

Poisons of the Heart: Unrestrained Glances

Remembering the Destination of Mankind in the Hereafter

Requirements of the Journey

Sincerity towards Allah

Strangeness and the Strangers

Strengthening the Motive of Reason and Religion

The Abandonment of Wrongdoing

The Dispraise of Hawaa (Caprices)

The Excellence of the Scholars

The Great Virtue Of Lowering The Gaze

The Hardened Heart

The Heaven of this World

The Patience of Noble People and the Patience of Ignoble People

The People of Bliss

The Prophet's Guidance on Recovery from the Affliction of Distress and Grief

The Relief of the Heart and Body lies in obedience to Allah

The State of Repentance

The Station of Firasah

The Station of Muraqabah

The Station of Toma'aneenah

The Station of al-Khawf

The Traps of Iblees

The Types of Heart

Types of Diseases That Attack the Heart and Their Cure