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Means of Self-Purification in the Qur’an
Lubna bint Khalid ibn Muhammad al-Arfaj [1
This paper aims to shed light on the concept of self-purification and its importance as highlighted in the Qur’an. It will also try to explain its benefits. It will outline the means of self-purification mentioned in the Qur’an, relating these to the aims and objectives of the Qur’an in an inductive and deductive reasoning approach.
The paper finally gives an outline of the most important conclusions, including:
One: Great importance is attached to self-purification among the general objectives of the Qur’an. It has always been one of the main objectives of the messages of prophets.
Two: Self-purification has multiple benefits for the one who does it, and these are reflected in a person’s strength of faith, as well as his present life and the life to come.
Three: As clearly mentioned in the Qur’an, there are nine means of self-purification, which are:
Belief in God’s oneness;
Implementation of God’s rulings;
Prayer and God glorification;
Recitation of the Qur’an; reflection on it; learning and understanding its lessons;
Repentance of sin;
Stating the truth and refusal to barter it for any price;
Refraining from self praise and justification;
Refusal to follow Satan’s promptings.
The paper concludes with outlining two ways of identification to help the reader.
Key words: purification, self-purification, personal manners, self-education, means of education, heart disease.
 Lubna is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Qur’anic Studies at the Faculty of Advocacy and Islamic Fundamentals at the University of Umm al-Qura, Makkah. She obtained her Masters degree at the same faculty, editing Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Ali al-Edfawi’s book, al-Istighna’ fi Uloom al-Qur’an, focusing on the commentary of verses 9: 81 through 10: 24.