Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb
If there is heavy mist on the windscreens of our cars, we de-mist the windscreen when driving. If we do not do so, we are likely to meet with an accident. Similarly, when our hearts become misted with sins, with evil desires and passions, it becomes necessary to de-mist our hearts with Taubah and Istighfaar.
If we do not de-mist our hearts of evils like malice, greed, pride, jealousy, anger, etc., we will always be causing ‘accidents’ in society.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: “Everything has a cleaner, and the cleaner of the hearts is the remembrance of Allah.”
From another perspective, we learn that everything rusts according to its nature, and the hearts rust with worldly desires and sins. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) explained that hearts rust like how iron rusts.
When the Sahabah (RA) asked: “What is its polish?” Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied, “Abundant remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’aan.”
Zikrullah thus removes the rust of the spiritual heart - it purifies and cleans the heart.
The easiest way to obtain purification of the heart and soul is to spend time in the company of the Ahlullah (the people of Allah Ta’ala) - those who have already purified their hearts.
 Shu'abul Iman.
[This has also been recorded as the statement of Hazrat Abu Darda (RA)]
 Shu'abul Iman