"There is no doubt that the heart becomescovered with rust, just as metal dishes -silver, and their like - become rusty. So therust of the heart is polished with Dhikr(remembrance of Allah), for Dhikr polishesthe heart until it becomes like a shiny mirror.However, when Dhikr is abandoned, the rustreturns; and when it commences then theheart again begins to be cleansed. Thus theheart becoming rusty is due to two matters:sins and Ghaflah (neglecting remembrance of Allah). Likewise, it is cleansed and polishedby two things: Istighfar (seeking Allah'sforgiveness) and Dhikr."Jihad against the Self "Jihad" (striving) against the soul has fourstages:1. To strive in learning guidance and thereligion of truth, without which there will beno success. Indeed, there can be no truehappiness, nor any delight in this world andin the Hereafter, except through it.
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