Not Being Alone with a Juvenile

One of the earlier scholars said, “I do not fear a beast of prey when attacking a devout young man. I just fear a juvenile when sitting with him.” More than that he said, ‘A man should not sleep with a juvenile together.” It is unlawful for a man as scholars argued, to stay alone with a juvenile in a house, a shop or a bathroom as in the case of men and women.

Among juveniles are those who may be more beautiful than women. He may be most fascinating. It is easy to justify what you do of evil with him than is with a woman. Therefore, such deep feelings are most likely unlawful.

Numerous maxims of the early Muslims were postulated as warnings from keeping near of them.

Once, Sufyan Ath- Thawri entered a public bath and a handsome boy entered after him. Sufyan said, “Get him out because when ever I see a woman I see a Devil but whenever I see a handsome boy I see a group of devils.”

A man visited Imam Ahmad (rh) accompanied with a handsome boy. Imam Ahmad said, “Who is that?” The man replied, “My nephew.” Imam Ahmad said, “Do not come again with him. Nor should you walk with him lest the people who do not know you think something bad about you.

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Controlling Your Desires Will Raise You

Some of the ulema mention that the one who can’t control his hunger can’t control his desire as he eats everything and whenever he wishes. And the one that can’t control his desires eventually becomes debased, whereas the one who controls his desires is raised.

For example, Yusuf (as) was sold like a slave, yet he became the minister of the entire country after he controlled his desire! Yet, the one who desired him was rich, powerful and beautiful and she became mocked and derided!

Benefits of Staying Hungry

A person of the past mentioned that times of hunger are better for memorisation than times of being full. The one who wishes to memorise the most, and he’s hungry, takes a very light snack and continues. He mentioned taking a bit of pomegranate and not eating too much food!

Ibn Jama’ah (rh) mentions that eating and drinking leads to sleeping too much, being lazy in one’s thoughts and body and it dulls the senses.

It has also been mentioned that it leads to more desire.

One who controls his stomach will be able to:

  • Cry more easily for the sake of Allah
  • Memorise better
  • Think more clearly
  • Control their desire

It’s narrated on the Sahaaba, in the Sahih, that some of them would fast most of the year!! Yet we fill our stomachs and over eat almost daily!

Not Overeating and Its Benefits

Ibn ‘Umar (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “The believer eats in one stomach whilst the kaafir eats in seven.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5081) and Muslim (2060).

Muhammad ibn Wasi (may Allaah have mercy upon him), said,

“Whoever eats little will understand and make others understand and will be clear and humble. Overeating weighs a person down and keeps him from much of what he wants [to accomplish].

Ash-Shaafi’ee (rh), said, “I have not eaten to my fill in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worship.”

In addition, Abu Juhayfah (ra), said, “A man burped in the presence of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and he said: ‘Keep your burps away from us, for the one who eats his fill the most in this world will be hungry for the longest time on the Day of Resurrection.’” [at-Tabaraani].

After hearing that, Abu Juhayfah (ra) did not eat his fill until he departed from this world; if he ate breakfast he would not eat dinner and if he ate dinner he would not eat breakfast, and he said, “I have not filled my stomach for thirty years.”

Sufyaan ath-Thawri (rh), said, “If you want your body to be healthy and to sleep less, then eat less.” Eating too much also makes the heart hard and heedless of Allaah. It was said to Imaam Ahmad (may Allaah have mercy upon him), “Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full?” He said, “I do not think so.”

In the Sahih narrated by ‘Aa’ishah (ra), “The family of Muhammad had never eaten their fill of wheat bread for three successive days since they had migrated to Madeenah till the death of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam”.

She (ra), also said, “The family of Muhammad (saw) did not eat two meals on one day, but one of the two was of dates.” And she (ra), said, “A complete month would pass by during which we would not make a fire (for cooking), and our food used to be only dates and water unless we were given a present of some meat.”

Wanting to be Known

Ibn Taymiyah (rh) quotes Abu Dawud that those who want to be known by everyone have a disease of the heart known shahwa khafiyya; a hidden desire.

Bishr bin Haarith mentioned that the one who wants to be famous will not taste the sweetness of the Aakhirah.

Controlling You Desires

Some of the people of the past have said that those that are destined for the Hellfire have mundane passions which have overcome caution. This is why they commit sins.

It’s vital that we don’t always get what we want, rather we fight our desire at times, especially when it comes to eating, talking, looking. How can a person be successful against Shaytaan if he can’t even control himself! Try not to always eat what you want or eat less. When you want to eat something specific, refuse your soul. Discipline it until it listens to you.

One of the people of the past said that for years he craved eggplant, something basic, but he didn’t eat it!

Look at us, we crave something and in that instance, we go and get it! This is being enslaved by desires!

How to Be when Seeking Knowledge

Ibn al Jawzi (rh) mentions that ilm is the most honourable thing to attain. It cannot be attained except through hard struggles, late nights, repetition, abandoning desires and delights and resting. This is the path to Jannah.