Muraqbah: A Tool For Purification of Souls

Islam Reigns

By Maulana Sahid Mahmood Muslim

LITERAL MEANING OF MURAQBAH

The word Muraqbah is an Arabic construction, that is derived from three lettered root ر ق ب (rqb). This root renders to the meaning of watching something. The word Muraqbah is constructed on the standard scale of Mufa’alah مفاعلہ that renders to interaction. Hence the literal meaning of Muraqbah is watching each other.

TERMINOLOGICAL MEANING OF MORAQBAH

This term has been coined based on the agreed upon authentic Hadith, that is known as Hadith of Jibreel.

Umar bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that: One day while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), there came before us a man with extremely white clothing and extremely black hair. There were no signs of travel on him and none of us knew him. He [came and] sat next to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi…

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