Al Zuhd is leaving that which distracts one from Allah. Never testify to someone of being a zaahid because Zuhd is in the heart.
Al Awzaee said, a munaafiq speaks a lot and does little action!
A student who studies more than 10 hours a day seeking ilm (meaning a large amount), yet he is staring at the doors of fitnah due to not taking care of his heart, not doing Ibaadah and so on and this has led him to become arrogant. This is a real-life example today!
So, combine between talab and tazkiya for the nafs and both are needed to be successful!
Before you go to bed tonight, think about all the people that have hurt you or offended you, and forgive them. This takes a lot of strength but this is a quick way to clean one’s heart!
Teach this golden point to your family too.
- Sins and doesn’t feel any guilt.
- Commits sins which he never used to do but has now started doing them.
- Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Qur’an.
- Feeling too lazy to do good.
- Neglecting the Sunnah.
- Not feeling anything when hearing Verses from the Qur’an.
- Finding it difficult to remember Allah and making dhikr.
- Desiring status.
- Being concerned with whether something is haraam or halal only; and not avoiding makrooh (not recommended) things.
- Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
- Likes to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
- Becoming engrossed and very involved with the dunya; worldly things.
The danger of your emaan decreasing is that if you are only completing your fard obligations and your emaan takes a big hit, this could lead you to kufr.
The heart is in need of:
- That which will protect its strength and that is emaan and acts of obedience.
- Protection from harm and evil and that is avoiding sins and that which will affect the heart.
- To be free from corruption and evil which have afflicted it and that is through tawbah and istighfaar.
This is mentioned by one of the scholars of the past.
Do we judge a Muslim who drinks alcohol?
A brother drinking alcohol is from the major sins; yet he may love Allah and perform many righteous actions as per the Sahaabi who would drink and get punished. Yet we are told this person loves Allah and His Messenger! Drinking alcohol might be his weakness.
Someone may not drink alcohol but he may have ujb (self amazement) or jealousy which are far more dangerous!
What about a teacher who takes money for passing on knowledge?
The teacher not taking money doesn’t mean he is being sincere at all! There is no link! He might be teaching so people say “Wow, Mashaa Allah tabaarkAllah, he teaches and doesn’t take money!” However, someone may take money to survive financially but he has a lot more sincerity!!
Never look down on others. A brother might have a weakness in public but you might have dozens of weaknesses far worse in your heart. For example, a person may have a beard yet he has a heart full of jealousy and love for fame and wanting to be known.
How important it is to read and learn about the heart.
We are not belittling sins and we still hate those sins but rather we need people to start looking at things from different angles.
How hard it is to work on sincerity.
Always accuse your intentions.