How to remove the impurities from one’s heart…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Okay, let me see.
This is a Ramadan blog.
And Ramadan is the month of fasting.
So, guess which way I’m going to suggest?
And here’s the proof:
صوم شهر الصبر وثلاثة أيام من كل شهر يذهبن وحر الصدر
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Fasting the month of patience (i.e. Ramadan) and three days of each month removes the impurities of the heart.” [Sahih Al-Jaami, Hadeeth No. 3804]
[Note: The Darussalam translation of Sunan An-Nasai, where the phrase "impurities of the heart" appears in a hadeeth, mentions that it refers to restlessness or agitation of the heart.
This article however translates it as "evil of the heart" and states that it refers to rancour, hatred and destructive envy.]
I just came across this tonight and was surprised to know that Ramadan has been mentioned as “the month of patience” in a hadeeth.
I was also surprised to find out that fasting in Ramadan and three days a month is one of the ways to remove the evil from one’s heart. Just goes to show how little one’s knowledge is.
There’s another hadeeth that mentions these two together:
شهر الصبر ، وثلاثة أيام من كل شهر ، صوم الدهر
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) say: “The month of patience and the three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime.” [Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 2410*. Graded "sahih" by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan An-Nasai, Hadeeth No. 2410.]
[Note: For some strange reason, this hadeeth is No. 2408 in the Arabic version, 2410 in the English translation and 2407 on Dorar.]
Extra point of benefit: As occurs in other ahadeeth, the best three days to fast are the 13th, 14th and 15th of the Islamic month.
What does all of this mean?
Subhan Allah, it means that our Lord has given us an easy way to soften our hearts: fasting three days a week (and Ramadan, which we do anyway). And doing this consistently leads to more rewards (i.e. the reward of fasting a lifetime)
So what do we do?
1) As we really need to soften our hearts and
2) We really need to prepare for Ramadan (it’s only 4 months away!)
I think that fasting three days a month would be killing two birds with one stone.
So, let’s get started, insha-Allah!
[Note: Those who have pending fasts from Ramadan, should fast with the intention of making up those fasts.]
Allah knows Better.