30 Days of Guidance: Signposts Towards Rectification & Repentance [Exercise Workbook]: A Short Journey through Selected Questions & Answers with Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saaleh al-'Utheimeen (Volume 3) By Abu Sukhailah Khalil Ibn-Abelahyi al-Amreekee
This workbook goes with the main book which is intended for any Muslim who wishes to improve his life and rectify his heart.
divided into 30 daily selections and sections
Beneficial questions and answers from the esteemed Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh al-’Utheimeen
brief points of benefit and practical discussions for each day
exercises and discussion questions to ensure understanding along with related appendices
This is book three in our 30 Days Series. The importance of this subject has been indicated by many scholars of the Sunnah past and present. The noble scholar Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, mentioned in his work ‘Madaarij as-Saalikeen’,
'The purification of the self or soul and its becoming rectified is dependent upon it being called to account and assessed. There is no purification or rectification nor any possibility of it being brought to a state of well-being except through calling oneself to account.
al-Hasan al-Basree, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “As for the believer, then you do not see him, in other state except as one who steps forth and confronts himself says: Why did I make such and such statement? Why did I eat such and such food? Why did I go to such and such place? What do I do this thing? What did I engage in that matter? By Allah, I will not fall into that again, and what is similar to theses statements. He takes himself to account looking at his shortcomings and deficiencies. So that he has the opportunity to try and fix, and rectify them'
Yet this self rectification or purification of the soul must be done in the correct way and upon the correct foundation if it is to be successful. Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, also stated, 'The true purification of the soul and the self is directly connected to those messengers sent to humanity. Certainly Allah sent messengers for the purpose of this purification of souls, and commanded them to pursue this, and brought it about through their hands, through efforts of calling, teaching, and guiding the people. They were sent to guide the various nations of the earth.
There is no path to truly cure and rectify the hearts except by means of their revealed paths and through their hands as messengers, and through purely surrendering and complying to their guidance. And we seek Allah’s assistance in our affairs'