Things a Person Notices from Mashaayikh

  • Some are old and act as if they are students in their eagerness to learn. They even send their answers / research to other mashaayikh to get their approval.
  • They spend every living second with knowledge.
  • They eat little so they can study more.
  • If they are asked what they want to eat they may say something and later go against that and refrain from eating that food.
  • They text and read messages about knowledge.
  • They are never seen except there is a book in their hand!
  • They go against their desires a lot, even in things which aren’t haraam.
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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!

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!

Ramadaan Series {Day 19} – Overeating During Iftar

“…One should not overeat while breaking the fast to the point that he fills his stomach, as there isn’t any container that Allah hates more than a full stomach. How can one benefit from fasting and subdue this enemy and break this desire if he breaks his fast by making up for it through eating everything that he missed out on during the day?

In fact, some even eat more than they usually would during the day! This habit has continued to the point that so many types of food are prepared for Ramadan that more food is eaten in this month than in any other month.

It is known that the whole point of fasting is discipline and to break one’s desire in order to strengthen the soul with taqwa. So, if you prevent your digestive system from food all day long until night such that its desire and longing for food goes wild, and you then feed it what it wants until it is fully satisfied, this will only increase its desire and multiply its energy, and it will manifest a longing that wouldn’t have been there had it been left to its usual intake.

So, the essence and secret of fasting is to weaken this energy that provides means for Satan to pull you towards what is bad, and this can’t happen unless you reduce your food intake. When you break your fast, eat only what you would normally eat at that specific time when not fasting.

But to break your fast by combining the amount you would’ve eaten during the day with the amount you usually eat at night will leave you having gained nothing at all from your fast.

In fact, from the etiquette of fasting is to not sleep much during the day in order to feel the hunger and thirst, and in order to weaken this energy. This will clean out the heart and keep this energy weakened every night so that it will be easier to pray at night and do your sets of Qur’an recitation and dhikr of Allah.

Maybe this will prevent Satan from approaching your heart and allow you to look to what is in the kingdom of the heavens, and the Night of Qadr is basically the night in which some of what is contained in this kingdom is shown, and this is what is meant by Allah’s Saying:

{“Indeed, We have descended it on the Night of Qadr.”}

And whoever puts a barrier of food between his heart and his chest will have a barrier put between himself and what is shown from this kingdom, and to keep your stomach free isn’t enough to lift this barrier if your mind isn’t free from anything other than Allah – and this is the entire point.

The starting point of all this is to reduce your intake of food…”

[‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’; 1/303]

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.