Islamic Youth Leadership Program: Tazkiyah – Purification of the Soul (Part 1)

Dedicated to revive the leadership quality among the younger Islamic generation of today, Islamic Online University held the YL360 Course for public for free through the website. Here are the excerpts from the course which I will present to you all in separate posts.

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The root was from the word “zakat”, or the effort to increase the blessings from Allah. It is the purification process to increase our imaan and closer to Allah. That is the purpose of tazkiyah.

We were then asked to contemplate about death. To feel the moment of imminent death, the time when the angel is lurking to take our souls and that there’s no delaying at all. There will be a moment when we will see our body, lying, soulless, and that our family will wail and ask, “Wake up! Tell us that you are okay. Come on! Say something!” But it will be too late and that our next journey would be the afterlife.

Will you meet the handsome man that will ward off the angels from torturing you? The man is the Quran that you read back then. But still, the angels would pose the three questions to you. Will you be able to answer that all? Only through good deeds and Allah’s blessings that you will be allowed to answer them.

What’s next is about living many, many years ahead – hundreds or thousands, tortured by in the afterlife or living peacefully until the Judgment Day comes? That is entirely up to us.

It’s all about the when our conscience will kick in. Do we want to start it right away or later, later, later? But what if death comes to us and will we be able to face it in our current or future situation?

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Remember often the destroyer of pleasures,” by which he meant death.
Sunan ibn Majah 4258, Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

It’s beneficial so that we can contemplate again about life and everything because we cannot escape it eventually. The distractions in life are what disrupt and sever our ties with Allah and the true purpose of life itself.

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To be continued

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Excerpts from the narration of Nihal Javed of Islamic Online University

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