[2] Among Those Aayaat That Reminds Us of the Importance of Constantly Striving To Purify Our Hearts

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَأُزْلِفَتِ الْجَنَّةُ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ غَيْرَ بَعِيدٍ

هَٰذَا مَا تُوعَدُونَ لِكُلِّ أَوَّابٍ حَفِيظٍ

مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَٰنَ بِالْغَيْبِ وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ

And Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqun (pious) not far off.  (It will be said): “This is what you were promised, – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allah) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allah (by obeying Him in all what He has ordered, and worship none but Allah Alone, i.e. follow Allah’s Religion, Islamic Monotheism). “Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allah) in the Ghaib (unseen): and brought a heart turned in repentance…[Soorah Qaaf. Aayaat 31-33]

 [مَّنْ خَشِيَ الرَّحْمَٰنَ بِالْغَيْبِ – Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allah) in the Ghaib (unseen)];That is: He fears Allaah due to his knowledge and aware of Allaah, hoping for Allaah’s Mercy and being constant in fearing Allaah when he is alone and not with the people. This is fear of Allaah in reality. (Ref 1) or fears Allaah in this worldly life before seeing and meeting Allaah in the afterlife. (Ref 2)

[وَجَاءَ بِقَلْبٍ مُّنِيبٍ  – And brought a heart turned in repentance]- turned in repentance to Allaah with complete submission. It may be that a person repents, abandons his sin and does not commit it again, but his submission to Allaah is weak. As for Inaabah [i.e. turned in repentance], it is complete submission to Allaah. [Ref 3]

[Ref 1: Abridged & slightly paraphrased. Source: Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi. Publisher Daar Ibn Hazm 1st ed. 1424AH (Year 2003)]

[Ref 2: English Translation of the Noble Qur’aan’ by Dr Muhsin Khan & Shaikh Taqiyuddeen Al-Hilaali (rahimahullaah). Abridged & slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 3: Abridged & slightly paraphrased. Source: Sharh Al-Usool Ath-Thalaatha’ page 111’ by Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him). Publisher: Daar Al-Imaam Ahmad’ 1st ed. 1427AH (Year 2006)]