Purification of the Soul (Tazkiatul Nafs)
I. Introduction/ Definition: The process of purification of the soul
II. Some of the diseases that sully the soul
a. Arrogance (Kibria’)
b. Greed (Tam3)
c. Envy (Hiqd)
d. Persistent disobedience of God (Allah)’s will (Ma3siyya)
III. How does one keep the soul pure and healthy
a. Prayer (Salaat)
b. Fasting (Saum)
c. Charity (Zakaat)
IV. Once a person identifies a problem in his soul, however, specific additional actions must be taken to resolve the issue and return the soul to a state of purity.
V. Conclusion: A Muslim strives to have a pure and wholesome soul that allows him or her to love all people and hasten to help others in any way possible
Speaker: Adel A. Bakr, Ph.D.
Dr. Bakr is a U.S. Citizen who was born in Egypt. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1976. He has over 40 years of experience. He is professor at the Georgia Military College since 2005. He has worked in consulting with a number of firms subcontracted to support the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Hanford site in Washington State. And the Yucca Mountain Project in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Bakr has over 35 years of experience as a volunteer and later consulting chaplain at various state and federal prisons in several states including Washington, Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia in that order. He has been an active member in interfaith activities, teaching, and other related activities in the various communities where he lived.