The condition of the heart is in reality the factor which controls a person’s conduct. A person who has reformed his heart will never act contrary to the Commands of Allāh ta’ālā at any given moment. In every breath of his life he will be mindful of Allāh’s Pleasure.
In contrast, a person who has not purified his heart from evil traits will find himself slipping at every step on the path reaching the Pleasure of Allāh ta’ālā. So much so that many times his apparent good actions, though they may seem righteous to him and others, will not bear any fruit in the hereafter; rather they will have an adverse effect and lead to the displeasure of Allāh ta’ālā.
Take the example of a person performing salāh; his apparent action is good and of piety, but if his heart is not purified from riyā (ostentation), then this very salāh will cause the displeasure of Allāh ta’ālā. The hadīth of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam directs us towards this very fact:
Indeed there is a piece of flesh in the body; if it is sound, then the whole body will be sound and if it is corrupt then the whole body will be corrupt. Indeed it is the heart. (Al-Bukhārī)
Therefore, to tread the path of purification and rid one’s self from the evil traits of the heart is very important and necessary. For one to purify his soul and carry out the process of tazkiyah, the following are some essential points:
By Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Courtesy Riyadul Jannah