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March 25, 2012


How to remove the impurities from one’s heart…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

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.

Barakallahu feekum.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. N
    Mar 26 2012

    Jazakillahu khairan sis. May Allah accept from us.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Mar 28 2012

      Assalamu Alaikum Sister.

      How are you?

      Wa iyyaaki.

      Ameen to your dua.

      Barakallahu feek.

  2. Dreamlife
    Mar 28 2012

    Walaikum salaam

    You didn’t mention Mondays and Thursdays – which is also sunnah, and helps build even greater consistency

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Mar 28 2012

      Assalamu Alaikum Sister.

      Jazakillahu kheira for your suggestions.

      No I didn’t, because the hadeeth was about fasting three days a month. It’s about going step by step. Many people are not able to fast twice a week, so 3 times a month is easier and then they can increase the fasts after that to Mondays and Thursdays and then the fasting of Dawud (alaihissalam), if they wish.

      Barakallahu feek.

  3. Umm Zayd
    Sep 5 2012

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu dear sister. JazzakAllaahu khairan for sharing this blessed knowledge with us. May Allah (swt) make it easy for us to implement it and invite others to do the same, Ameen.

    I just wanted to bring your attention to one line in your post where you have said: “easy way to soften our hearts: fasting three days a week”. Did you mean to say three days a month or two days a week or both, in a month as well as the week, in case of 13th, 14th and 15th? Just clarifying so I may understand it better. JazzakAllaahu khairan.


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