Science of Self-Purification: Introduction

In this live and informal session, I introduce the concept and principle of self-purification, also known as Tazkiyyat an-Nafs, Tasawwuf or Sufism in Islam.

When the blessed Prophet Muhammad (saws) first began teaching the Way, he emphasized that its essence was tazkiyyah, which means purification, or in this context, self-purification.

As we grow and develop in the world, we acquire negative programming from our environments, and so lose the original state of innocence and purity that is inherent in our essence.

Thus, self-purification is the process of purifying oneself from the negativity of the lower self and of more primitive states of consciousness.

Also covered are transcendent states of consciousness, heart-based consciousness and meditative spiritual practice as they relate to self-purification and as the means to personal and spiritual growth, development and evolution as emphasized by the Noble Naqshbandi Tariqa.

It is only through a disciplined path of practice in self-purification that a human being can transcend ego-consciousness and awaken to his or her potential in the Divine Presence of the Eternal, Allah Almighty.


An essential meditative spiritual practice in the science of self-purification is dhikr, particularly once per week in congregation.

While it is difficult to capture the experience of a circle of dhikr in an audio recording, we nevertheless want to make these recordings available to those who do not have access to a dhikr circle in their local area.

This audio track is best experienced with a pair of good quality headphones.

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4 Responses to Science of Self-Purification: Introduction

  1. Iman October 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Thank you so much Ihsan for this post. It means a lot for all of us who do not have access to a dhikr circle in our local area .Mashallah this is amazing and I really hope you keep posting these weekly circle recordings.

    • IHSAN November 13, 2015 at 2:16 am #

      You are most welcome, Iman. May Allah Almighty always bless you and include you in the barakah of the circles of His remembrance, and increasingly strengthen your connection with His Awliya and with Rasulullah (saws).

  2. J.Renee November 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    As Salaam Alaykum
    I was not able to make it and I’m so appreciative that you provided the recording. This is very uplifting and allows me to feel connected with the dhikr circle. May Allah bless you. What a wonderful dhikr and dua.

    • IHSAN November 13, 2015 at 2:18 am #

      Walaykum salaam wa rahmatuallahi ta’ala wa barakatuh! You are most welcome, J. May you be included in the barakah of the circles of dhikr and may Allah Almighty send more light and strength to your heart. To your divine and eternal success.

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