Thoharah: purification

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Click on the picture. It is almost a comprehensive picture of a Muslim’s way of life.

These maps quite well to a form of Psychological release:

1. Prostration releases negative energies within our cells as our forehead comes into contact with the ground.

2. Our ears receive pleasant vibrations from Qur’anic recitations and research has shown that continued recitations of Allah can potentially alleviate even symptoms of madness.

3. The heart cannot hold two conflicting views. When one only has Allah in one’s heart, it is at rest and choices made in life tend to be aligned to a sense of correctness.

4. By purifying the stomach through definite times of hunger during Ramadhan, the body cleanses itself of toxins and allows repair of overworked cells due to indigestion.

5. Charity and helping the needy serve the function of our hands that brings ease to others. As simple as sending groceries to old folks or giving small donations, one has contributed well.

6. The feet can choose to enter places of entertainment and malls but if one still remembers to step into the mosque as part of other life’s enjoyment, then one is living a fulfilling life indeed!

7. Travel has become almost a second hobby today with easy flights. With extra Rizq and permission of Allah, when the legs set foot to pilgrimage it is a witness for one on Yaumul Qiyamah. And it also motivates one from not being in debt and asking forgiveness from others as these are also preconditions of Hajj.

8. Exerting the energy muscles to fight the oppressor has been a historical trademark of jihadic wars. Today not only the muscles, but the mind, heart and soul must all unite to voice out against injustice and to solve more complicated issues via peaceful means.

9. Dzikr is the best use of the tongue that finds happiness in mentioning the beautiful Asma of Allah. It not only pleases Him but it gives one the sense of belonging that He hears our cries and surely He responds to it. Ameen..

10. The eyes are the windows into one’s soul and emotions. When we see tears, we console. When we see rage, we console. Ultimately when our eyes view imbalances and one is spurred to put it aright, the best consolation is to our own most inner self, a sense which is invaluable and precious.

There are equivalent therapies in western psychology such as cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behavioural therapy, even existential therapy. Yet none is more effective than the simple pillars of Islam. How blessed are we!

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