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PostSubject: On Following Desires and the Benefits of Abandoning Misdeeds   Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:17 am





If anyone makes the truth accord with his own whims and desires, then this will corrupt and ruin the hearts, the actions, and the state of affairs. Allâh, the Most High said,

“And if the truth were to be in accordance with their desires, then indeed the heavens and the earth - and all that is therein -would be corrupted and ruined.” [Al-Mu’minûn (23): 71]

The Prophet (S) said,

“None of you truly believe until he makes desires accord with what I have been sent with.”[1]

So ‘ilm (knowledge) and ‘adl (justice) are the roots of every good, whereas zulm (oppression) and jahl (ignorance) are the roots of every evil. And Allâh, the Most High, sent His Messenger (S) with the Guidance and the Religion of Truth, and he commanded the doing of justice between people and that none of them should follow their whims and desires.

Allâh, the Most High said,

“So call to Islâm and stand firm, and do not follow their whims and desires, but say: ‘I believe in whatever has been revealed by Allâh from the Book, and I have been commanded to do justice between you. Allâh is our Lord and your Lord, for us our deeds and for you your deeds. There is no dispute between you and us. Allâh will assemble us all, and to Him is the final return.’ ” [Ash-Shûrâ (42):15]

Notes:

[1] Da‘eef: Related by Ibn Aasim (no.15). It was declared weak by Al-Hâfiz Ibn Rajab in ‘Jâmi` al-Ulûm wal Hikam’ (no.41)

‘Unlawful desires are usually associated with ugliness. They leave behind a lingering sensation of pain and guilt. Hence, whenever you are tempted, think about liberating yourself. Think about all the remorse that would accompany the realisation of those desires, and then make up your mind. Struggling your way through obedience is not an easy task. It is, however, associated with goodness and soothing pleasures.

Whenever you overburden yourself (with unlawful desires) think about how nice it would be to repent and set yourself free. Think about the pleasures that lawful desires will provide and try to make the correct choice. The dilemma you will experience should be reduced by remembering the sweet pleasure and the ultimate happiness that your obedience (to Allâh) will provide. Also make your struggle less of one by picturing the punishment that follows disobedience to Allâh. Logically your mind should opt for the more rewarding option and help you to endure the pain of denying yourself the realisation of such desires.’

Glory be to Allâh, Lord of the Worlds. There is not in the abandonment of misdeeds and wrongdoing save:

the establishment of manhood;
the protection of honor;
the preservation of prestige;
the conservation of wealth - [all matters] which Allâh has placed as a foundation for the correction of the Dunyâ and the Hereafter - the love of creation [for him] and a statement of approval amongst them;
a righteous substinence;
a healthy body;
strength of the heart;
tranquillity of the soul;
happiness of the heart;
a state of pleasure and cheerfulness;
safety from the perils of the sinners and wrongdoers, [and] an absence of purpose, grief, and sorrow;
a sense of honor from the possibility of ignominy and disgrace;
protection for the light of the heart from being extinguished by the darkness of transgression;
the acquirement of an escape from [that matter] which has caused the sinners and transgressors to become depressed and dejected;
the availability of sustenance [for him] from [an avenue] where it was not considered [possible];
the facilitation of [that matter] which has become difficult for the masters of sin and transgression [to obtain];
the facilitation of righteous deeds [for him];
the acquisition of knowledge and beautified praise amongst the people;
an abundant amount of supplication [for him];
a beautified countenance;
the veneration which is cast into the hearts of the people [for him];
their help and protection [for him] whenever he is hurt and oppressed;
their act of defending his honor whenever he is defamed and slandered;
a swift response to his supplication;
the removal of estrangement between [the individual] and Allâh;
the proximity of the Angels [towards him];
the distancing of the Shayâteen from amongst the men and Jinn [from him];
a rivalry amongst the people to serve him and fulfil his needs;
their engagement for his love and companionship;
his absence of fear from death;
rather he rejoices in that [matter], for his arrival before His Lord and his encounter with Him [leads to] his fate amongst Him;
the insignificance of the Dunyâ in his heart;
the importance of the Hereafter amongst him;
his yearning for the Sublime Kingdom, and the lofty success therein;
the sweet taste of obedience;
the love for the sweetness of eemân;
the supplication of those who carry the Throne, and whosoever surrounds Him from amongst His Angels;
the delight of the Scribes, and their continuous supplication for him;
an increase in intellect, understanding, faith, and comprehension;
his acquisition of the Love of Allâh, and His [act] of Turning towards him;
[the attainment] of His Delight for his act of penitence; this [matter] rewards him with delight and happiness. For there is no connection for [the individual] to His Delight and Happiness by means of wrongdoing, [and] its various types.
Accordingly, these are some of these signs [actualized] by the abandonment of wrongdoing in this world.

When the individual dies, the Angels receive him, and convey upon him the glad tidings of Paradise from his Lord. In addition to [the good news] that no fear or sorrow shall be upon him. He will alter his residence from the prison of this Dunyâ and its confinement, to a garden from amongst the Gardens of Paradise. He shall experience its delights therein until the Day of Judgment.

When the Day of Judgment [arrives] the people shall be [in a state] of [extreme] heat and perspiration, [however] he shall be in the shade of a Throne. When they depart from before Allâh, the Companions of the right-hand shall take him with His God-Fearing allies, and His Victorious Party. Indeed:

“That is the bounty of Allâh. He confers it to upon whosoever He desires, and Allâh is in possession of the Sublime Bounty.”[Sûrah al-Jumu‘ah, Ayah 4]


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