One of the righteous would stay up at night and say, yaa Allah, my concern for You has annihilated all other mundane concerns.
Some have said, he who does good during the day gets rewarded during the night and he who does good during the night gets rewarded during the day.
It is also said that the noblest of all deeds is to oppose one’s desires at all times.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.