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Chapter 1.4. Leaving Indecent Actions Are A Cure For The Heart

Similarly abstaining from indecent actions and sins leads to purification of the heart, for these are of the same level as leprosy of the body or thorns on a flower. So when the body is freed of this leprosy by releasing the additional blood for example, the natural strength of the body emerges and it can find relief and thereby grow. Likewise when one seeks repentance from sin, the heart is released from contamination - whereby it mixed the righteous actions with evils actions, so when one repents from sins the strength of the heart emerges as does its desire to perform righteous actions and it finds relief from these false and corrupt matters that it was submerged in.

So the zakah of the heart means its growing and becoming complete. Allah the Exalted said,

And had it not been for the Grace of Allah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins... [Surah an-Nur (24) : 21]

...And if you are asked to go back, then go back, for it is purer for you ... [Surah an-Nur (24) : 28]

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and protect their private parts. That is purer for them ... [Surah an-Nur (24) : 30]

Indeed whoever purifies himself shall achieve success, and remembers the Name of his Lord and prays. [Surah al-Ala (87) : 14-15]

Indeed he succeeds who purifies himself, and indeed he fails who corrupts his self. [Surah ash-Shams (91) : 9-10]

But what could tell you that perchance he might become pure? [Surah Abasa (80) : 3]

And say to him (i.e. Firaun); 'Would you purify yourself, and that I guide you to your Lord, so you should fear Him?' [Surah an-Naziat (79) : 18-19]

So tazkiyyah (purification), even if its basic meaning is growth, blessing and increase in goodness, is only attained by removing the evil, and this is why purification has come to combine both these matters (i.e., performing good and avoiding evil).

He, the Most High, said,

And woe to the polytheists, those who do not give the zakah, and are disbelievers in the Hereafter. [Surah Fussilat (41) : 6-7]

Meaning by zakah, the tawhid and iman by which the heart is purified, for indeed tawhid includes negating any lordship besides Allah and affirming the Lordship of Allah in the heart, this being the reality of 'LaIlaha Illa Allah' (there is none worthy of worship except Allah) and this being the basis by which the hearts are purified.

Tazkiyyah (purification) is the act of making something pure either in and of itself, or in belief, or in reports. It is .similarly said: 'adaltuhu' when you made it just, in and of itself, or in the belief of the people.

Allah, The Most High, said,

So do not ascribe purity (tuzakkt) to yourself... [Surah Najm (53) : 32]

i.e. do not broadcast that you are pure, and this is not the same as His saying

Indeed he succeeds who purifies himself. [Surah ash-Shams (91) : 9]

This is why Allah, the Most High, said,

He knows best who fear Allah. [Surah Najm (53) : 32]

Zaynab was initially known as Burra, and it is said that she purified herself and so the Messenger of Allah called her Zaynab. As for the saying of Allah,

Have you not seen those who claim purity for themselves, nay - but Allah purifies (yuzakki) whom He pleases. [Surah an-Nisa (4) : 49]

Meaning He makes pure whomsoever He pleases and makes his purity known, just as the purifier declares to be pure only those whose justice he can bear testimony to.