The process of perfecting one’s character is a necessary precondition to heartfelt devotion. The theory and practice of purifying the heart -spiritual detox- will be investigated through 2 modules, which describe how to free oneself of internal and external blameworthy traits and habits, and acquire those spiritual qualities that are the hallmarks of the Prophets.

At a glance. Just some of the issues and questions explored.

  • What is the relationship between the physical and the spiritual heart?

  • Where does the brain fit into our understanding of the heart?

  • Can we tell if our heart is sick or healthy?

  • What are the practical steps to achieving taqwa - purity of body and soul?

  • What relationship is there between our limbs and spiritual health?

By the end of this module, students will:

  • Understand the way the human soul functions.

  • Take the first steps to building a lasting connection with the Creator.

  • Focus on the importance of sincerity and taqwa in spiritual life.

  • Take practical steps to give life to the spiritual heart.

This follow-on to the first module will analyse the two different sources of the ailments of the heart (shubahat and shahawat) and show how knowing this helps to cure spiritual diseases. The various ailments that affect the spiritual heart will be pinpointed, with practical tips and techniques that aid in their cure.

At a glance. Just some of the issues and questions explored.

  • What are the sources of spiritual diseases?

  • How does belief in God relate to such diseases?

  • What are the diseases that affect one’s understanding and belief?

  • The role of the world and its allure in giving rise to spiritual diseases.

  • Spiritual diseases that are connected with the ego or ‘nafs,’ such as vanity and arrogance, and how they come about.

  • What are the most comprehensive treatments for the diseases of the heart?

By the end of this module, students will:

  • Understand how spiritual diseases affect the heart.

  • Observe how what surrounds us affects our spiritual health.

  • Take practical steps to combat personal failings.

  • Be able to create a personal plan for spiritual development.

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