Being bombarded with countless questions regarding Jihad, Hijab, and Plural Marriage, among many others, it is no surprise that many Muslims are forced to be on the defensive. What, then, is the solution? Is it alright for Muslims to walk around and live in a state of constant frustration? Is dawah going to be effective if Muslims carry a chip on their shoulder?
The solution, as Ibnul Qayim understands it, lies in the purification of the soul. Allah swears by 11 things just to emphasize the importance of this purification. But now the question remains: How is one to achieve purification of his or her soul?
Dr. Ali Shehata describes the stages which need to be reached in this ongoing process. Everyone knows the importance of purifiying one's physical body; how much moreso the soul?