Detox Your Mind to Purify Your Soul.
Our mind has immense control over us. We are constantly pondering one idea or the other. Many of us don't discipline ourselves enough to try to control our thoughts. Let's not forget that Shaitan (the Devil) is on a mission to drive us off the path of Islam, but ultimately it is up to us whether to accept or reject those constant whisperings.
We are ordered by the Lord to keep our hearts clear of filth. The Quran puts great emphasis on the subject of purity. It is mentioned in Surah Ash-Shams:
"By the sun and its brightness and by the moon when it follows it and the day when it displays it and the night when it covers it and by sky and He who constructed it and by the earth and He who spread it and by the soul and He who proportioned it and inspired it (discernment of) its wickedness and its righteousness, He has succeeded who purifies it, and he has failed who instills it (with corruption)." (91:1-10)
Such is the importance of inner purity. Obedience to God as the main focus of our lives can lead us to perfect ourselves and become better Muslims.
We achieve this by not only refusing to act on our impulses, but also keeping our thoughts clean.
Whether it's their character, attitude or personality, we may not love everyone we meet. But neither should we develop hang-ups over the flaws of others. We're not perfect ourselves, so how can we expect it from others? Be willing to learn more about others and give them time to open up. You may just be surprised with what you discover.
Keeping our tongue in check
As easy as it may be to get caught up in gossip when hanging out with friends, let's not get carried away. Backbiting is listed amongst the greatest sins. It gives rise to suspicion and possibly false ideas about others. We are discouraged against even being near situations of backbiting.
But let's be honest: this is easier said than done. Often we don't even realise the consequences of being a part of a conversation filled with backbiting. Sometimes we may even deny that it's harmful.
The Quran encourages us to see the good in people and love all those around us, regardless of their race, background, religiosity, status, appearance and other attributes. Positive thoughts about others, reserving judgement and treating everyone with kindness for the sake of the Lord are what our minds should be set on at all times.
God knows best what is in our hearts and our minds. Before we judge someone else, we must reflect on our own actions.
Just as our moods are reflected in our body postures and the tone of our speech, our thoughts also have a tendency to emit those vibes. So if you're not fond of someone, try not to make it obvious. There are blessings in showing kindness to others, and opportunities -- even as small as smiling and saying 'greeting' -- can really add up in the end. Let's be kind to everyone. You never know which act of kindness may get rewarded.
Of course, distancing yourself from someone because they have harmed you is a completely different situation. Even then, we should always refrain from being harsh toward such people. Forgiveness is a quality desired by God, so make an effort to forgive those who may have wronged you.
Let's not forget that we ourselves are sinners and He always forgives us, so we should strive to be forgiving as well.
Having a positive attitude in general can have a huge impact on our lives and it is an essential aspect of our faith. No matter how horrific our circumstances may be, it is our belief in God that pulls us through those tough times. Our strong faith and the power of prayer leave us with a sense of harmony from within. This state of inner peace can only be achieved when our minds become free of corrupt thoughts and our hearts clear of ill feelings.
Always, aim to detox yourself from within. Recognise your flaws, seek guidance from the Lord and work to eliminate your defects and remove them from your whole system by devoting your time in the remembrance of God. You will feel closer to the Almighty and your life will be more beautiful.
"Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me." (Al-Baqarah 2:152)
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