Gardens of Purification
By Shaykhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
In today’s turbo-charged world, in which the pace of life is
accelerating at a dizzying pace, very little time is spent reflecting
upon the real purpose of man's existence. Instead, the main goals of
life are the fulfilment of carnal desires and the accumulation of
material goods of no real substance for a trifling period of time, at
the expense of following Divine guidance. The overwhelming prevalence of
greed and vice is what destroyed the nations before and is an ominous
sign that the Last Hour is drawing near.
Despite living longer, people spend less and less time attending to
their spiritual needs, choosing instead to focus their attention on the
myriad distractions made possible by fast-evolving technology. Beguiled
by the false allure of this world the souls become diseased and
ultimately die. The dead soul is heedless of its real purpose and
oblivious of the inevitable meeting with its Maker; our great King
Allah, the Most High.
Those who wish to lead a spiritual life are in the minority. Thus it is
incumbent for the seekers of Allah’s Pleasure to follow the correct
path, lest their efforts are rendered worthless. This book will
Insha’Allah aid the noble reader to awaken one’s soul to its true
purpose and follow the straight path of our beloved Prophet Muhammad
(saw), the best man to walk this earth, the finest of all examples and
the most beloved to Allah – whose spirituality, character, morals and
ethics are unquestionable.
This work by Shaikhul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah is of great importance. It
covers many topics in relation to Spirituality, Paths of Asceticism,
Purifying the Self, Conditioning the Heart, Symptoms and Remedies,
Beauty of Patience, Pardoning and Avoidance.