The Envier

An envier flatters you face to face, backbites when you are not there and rejoices when a calamity befalls you! So if you have envy in your heart for anyone, repent!

There is no-one that doesn’t feel envious, as mentioned by a scholar of the past, but the clever one is the one who conceals it, repents, speaks good of the person and makes du’a for them!

Riyaa (Showing off) Can Destroy A Heart

Do you recite the Qur’an in the same manner as you do in front of others as when you are alone?

If you led the salaah or someone asked you to recite the Qur’an would you recite beautifully?

Do you recite the same when you are praying alone at home in your optional prayers? If the answer is no then know you have a disease of the heart which is riyaa! (showing off)


Not Following One’s Desires

Remember, for a student of knowledge, it’s vital that they follow a Madhab at the beginning of their studies in order to have a firm ground.

However, the issue arises when some begin to follow the odd views of each Madhab when something doesn’t follow their desires.

There were thousands of great scholars and none is always right and once in a while, they might have a strange view, following these odd views show a person is following their desires and this is a disease of the heart.

A scholar of the past said music is allowed with conditions. So people are very quick to quote him and support this but in reality they don’t follow anything else from him! As he was dhaahiri and they give everything its literal meaning which means many Sunnan would become obligatory.

Be consistent and don’t follow your desires, as the ulema say the one who follows the slip ups of the scholars of the past, could be misguided and could leave the religion!

What is Shahwa?

It’s an illegal desire, a desire which isn’t allowed in the Shari’ah. It can be towards anything; same gender, opposite gender, human, non human and so on.

This is a disease of the heart. As the diseases of the heart are very very dangerous and very widespread.

This shows that just because a person has a beard and prays salaah, doesn’t mean they are not free from these diseases. A person who is just praying his salaah is a Muslim. That’s it. It doesn’t mean he’s practicing.

What is Ujb?

It’s from the major sins and worse than zina and stealing etc as mentioned by a big scholar of the past.

It can actually destroy a person and it affects many!

It’s like self admiration, being amazed with something one has or one does. This can happen very easily.

Some effects of Ujb:

  1. Blindness of their own shortcomings.
  2. Proud of their good deeds. They feel they are doing Allah a favour.
  3. Feel they have a lofty status.
  4. Don’t ask the people of ilm questions.
  5. Reliant upon themselves, very little consultation.
  6. Can be due to knowledge, intelligence, well spoken, well to do in writing, lineage, family, status etc.

Causes of Ujb:

  1. Unaware they are the servant of Allah and of their weakness.
  2. Exaggeration in praising a person.
  3. Comparing themselves to those lower than them.
  4. How they were raised, raised to be full of themselves.
  5. Take advantage of their qualities such as beauty, lineage etc. Thank Allah if you have been given blessings.
  6. Going overboard in respect for others.
  7. No-one to advise them and no attempt made to find someone to advise them.
  8. Happy hearing shortfalls of others. Thank Allah that you didn’t fall into that .

This process must be used with all sins and especially the sins of the heart. Firstly, acknowledging that there’s an issue, diagnosing it and then trying to find cures. But if one can’t acknowledge it and makes excuses for it, how will it be removed!?

For example, they don’t know something in the religion and rather than asking those that know, they think they are capable of doing it themselves and have no need for those who are more experienced.

One of the people of the past said, how can a person be amazed with himself as he is the dirty water of 2 private parts! And a scholar of the past would say to himself, that he is a nothing, a no one! And the Prophet (saw) said, no one is humble for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises him.

Treatment for Ujb:

  1. Think of your sins. How can someone with so many sins think so much of himself!
  2. Think of all your weaknesses.
  3. If you are amazed with something, think of the opposite. For example, your knowledge then think of your ignorance.
  4. To be humble.

A scholar of the past said, a person can become arrogant when seeking knowledge because their insides are filthy (due to sins).

That’s why emphasise is given to cleaning your insides first because if you haven’t then it’ll cause a lot of problems as you’re learning.

A lay person needs to ask their questions to a person of knowledge who is qualified, has good character and is morally upright and someone who is accessible.

Prevention is always better than a cure especially with sins and diseases of the heart.