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PostSubject: FOLLOW NOT YOUR DESIRE   Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:33 pm

Follow not your desire




Compiled by: Ali-ziad Natcher A. Sali

Khutbah by Shayk Salaah al-Budir


All praise is due to Allah, may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow their guidance.
Fellow Muslims! Fear Allah, for whoever fears Allah prospers and whoever prefers the pleasure of Allah to his personal wishes is saved. Allah says (which means): “Fear Allah as he should be feared and die not except in a state of Islam.” (Aal-’Imran: 102).
The true Muslim is the one who aims for lofty goals and strives to free himself from the shackles of lustful desires in search of salvation. His only concern is the hereafter and he always prepares himself for that day with righteous deeds. Allah says: “And of mankind is he who would sell himself seeking the pleasure of Allah. And Allah is full of kindness to (His) slaves.” (Al-Baqarah: 207).



A believer should not be entrapped by temptation, disgracing passion and misleading whims for that is the greatest calamity that can befall a Muslim. When it befalls a heart it destroys it, and when it befalls a society it ruins it. Abu Barzah narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Indeed, what I fear for you most is the erroneous passion of your bellies and private parts and misleading whims.” (Ahmad) Although Passion and whims are similar in cause and effect; whims have to do with uncertainty in matters of religion while passion has to do with satisfying ones lustful desires.

Fellow Muslims! Allah speaks in His Glorious Book about past nations who were mightier than us and wealthier who surrendered to their passions and whims and fell into the abyss of immorality. They enjoyed the portion of Allah’s blessing and yet disobeyed Him and engaged in false talk about religion, then Allah chastised them and they did not find any protector against Him. Allah says: “Like those before you they were mightier than you in power and more abundant in wealth and children. So enjoy your portion awhile as those before you enjoyed their portion awhile; and you indulge in play and pastimes (and in telling lies against Allah and His Messenger) as they indulged in play and pastimes. Such are they whose deeds are in vain in this world and in the hereafter; such are those who are the losers.” (At-Tawbah: 69).

Brothers in faith! The greatest Jihad is to wage war against one’s whims and passion, because following one’s passion leads to calamity and destruction. Sheikhul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah said, “Waging war against one’s soul and passion is the basis for Jihad against the Kuffaar and hypocrites for one cannot be able to fight them until he fights with his own soul and passion first. Whoever is able to subdue his whims and passions shall have glory and prevail and whoever his passions subdue shall have disgrace and destruction.”

Hearts are but vessels, the good ones are those that are full of goodness and evil ones are those that are full of evil and corruption. Souls are naturally inclined towards evil and when it is given what it aspires for it leads its owner to peril and whoever denies his soul its passion will have peace of mind in this world and be saved from its evils. Allah says: “And by Nafs (soul) and Him Who perfected it in proportion. Then he showed it what is wrong and what is right. Indeed he succeeds who purifies his own self. And indeed he fails who corrupts his own self” (As-Shams: 7-10).
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “All people wake up in the morning while among them are those who offer themselves for sale (i.e. surrender themselves to their passions and whims) and those who free themselves (from their passions and whims) or destroy themselves.” (At-Tirmithi).

Dear Muslims! Reins of whims get strengthened through a lot of factors and helpers and it imposes itself forcefully over human intellect. So whoever does not restrain his soul from following it will have his life ruined. The Prophet said, “The Paradise is surrounded with detestable things while Hellfire is surrounded with pleasures.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim) Therefore beware of whims and its causes, for its benefits are little and its consequences are grievous.

Brothers in faith! Be cautious of your souls when they love something and yearn for something for passion is blind and deaf. Take the verse of the Qur’an as criterion for judging everything. Allah says: “O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (to judge between right and wrong).” (Al-Anfaal: 29).

The Prophet said, “Indeed, I leave two things with you with which you will never go astray: The Book of Allah and my Sunnah.” (Al-Haakim).
Fellow Muslims! Beware of keeping the company of people who have heretic tendencies, for keeping their company is disgrace. They always follow the dictates of their whims; they are concerned only of this world and its temporary enjoyments and crave for leadership and high position through hypocrisy and extremism. Their views are undesirable and outrageous and their deeds are unclean. Allah describes them thus: “Have you seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire? Would you be a wakil (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him? Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the path (i.e. even worse than cattle).” (Al-Furqaan: 43-44).

That was why the Salaf used to say, “Beware of two types of people: a whimsical man whose whims have put him in trial and a man of worldly possessions whom wealth has turned blind.”

Brothers in faith! Whoever calls people to other things besides Islam and its beauties is a heretic and corrupt and whoever disagrees with the Qur’an, Sunnah and the consensus of the Muslims and calls to man-made laws, innovative deeds or outrageous ideologies in the name of modernisation or civilisation is corrupt and heretic. He should not be followed or assisted in carrying out his erroneous deeds. Allah says: “And follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you.” (Al-Maa’idah: 48).

Allah also says: “Verily, if you follow their desires after that which you have received of knowledge (from Allah) then indeed you be one of the wrongdoers.” (Al-Baqarah: 145).
The Prophet also condemned and warned against them when he said, “There will be some people among my nation who will be subdued by vain desires as rabies subdues its victim; for rabies leaves no vein or muscle (of its victims) unaffected.” (Abu Dawood) We seek Allah’s protection from falsehood and dirty utterances.

While commanding the believers to keep away from those who follow their wishful desires and shun them. Allah says: “And all the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them, and leave the company of those who belie or deny (or utter impious speech against) His Names. They will be requited for what they used to do.” (Al-A’raaf: 180). Follow the Book of Allah and the authentic Sunnah of His Prophet, for that is the right path.

Fellow Muslims! Worshipping Allah by innovative methods is part of following one’s vain desires and the deeds performed this way only keep one further from Allah. The Prophet said, “Hold onto my Sunnah and the paths of rightly guided successors after me. Hold on to it tightly and keep away from the innovations in matters (of religion) for every innovation is heretical and every heresy is error.” (Abu Dawood) He also said, “Whoever innovates anything in this our religion that which is not part of it will have it rejected.”

These are some sayings of the Prophet whom Allah describes that he does not speak of (his own) desire.
‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said, “We only emulate and do not initiate; and we follow and do not innovate; and we shall never go astray as long as we hold on to the religion.”

Fellow Muslims! It is rather disgusting to see that innovations and superstition are widespread in our societies these days and yet nobody speaks against them. This is in fact a horrible and disappointing situation that can cause Allah’s retribution and punishment. It is therefore incumbent upon every Muslim to explain what is Bid’ah to people and to acquaint them with it’s dangers and evils. The Prophet said, “Religion is sincere advice.” We (the companions) said, “For whom, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “For the sake of Allah, His Messenger, Muslim Leaders and their common folk.” (Muslim) Jareer bin Abdillah Al-Bajalee said, “I give my allegiance to the Messenger of Allah that I shall establish prayer, give Zakat and give sincere advice to every Muslim.” (Al-Bukhari).
Dear Muslims! Refine your souls and remind it of Allah’s chastisement for following one’s passion leads to destruction and torment while fear of Allah leads to guidance and well-being. The Prophet said, “Three things save people from punishment: fear of Allah privately and publicly; being just during period of pleasure and anger; and been moderate in spending in poverty and wealth. Likewise there are three things that destroy man: followed vain desire; covetousness and self-admiration.” (At-Tirmithi).
Brothers in Islam! Shun the heretic people; ask Allah for firmness in faith and seek refuge with Him from the trials of life and death. Ibn ‘Abbaas narrated that the Prophet used to teach them the following supplication as he taught them a Surah from the Qur’an: “O Allah! I seek refuge with you from the torment of the grave; I seek refuge in you from the trial of Al-Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal (Antichrist) and I seek refuge in you from the trial of life and death.” (Muslim).

Do not be like those who kill themselves with their own hands and always remember Allah’s word (which means): “Follow not your desire for it will mislead you from the path of Allah. Verily! Those who wander astray from the path of Allah (shall) have a severe torment, because they forgot the Day of Reckoning.” (Saad: 26).

O you who has a mountain-load of sins! O you who has been deafened and blinded by vain desire! Repent from your sins and turn back to your Lord before it is too late for Allah accepts the repentance of those who repent and turn back to good deeds.

Allah says: “Allah accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they whom Allah will forgive and Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces them and he says, ‘Now I repent’; nor of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful torment.” (An-Nisaa’: 17-18).

O you, who see lessons and listens to admonitions, fear Allah and take care so that you may not be denied access to the Prophet’s Pool. The Prophet said, “I shall be at the pool awaiting those who will come to me among you. And there will be some people who shall be prevented from reaching me and I will say, ‘My Lord! They are of me and of my nation!’ Then I will be told, ‘Did you know what they did after you? By Allah, they turned back on their heels (i.e. they disbelieved).’ I will then say, ‘To Hell with him. To Hell with Him who changed the religion after me.’ (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).

Fellow Muslims! Beware of making changes in the religion and beware of being among the callers to error and ignorance; those who stand on the edge of Hell campaigning for women’s liberation and calling unto all evils. Allah warns us against this set of people when He says: “Allah wishes to make clear (what is lawful and what is unlawful) to you and to show you the ways of those before you, and accept your repentance, but those who follow their lusts, wish that you (believers) should deviate tremendously away from the Right Path.” (An-Nisaa’: 26-27).

The Prophet said, “Whoever calls unto a guidance shall have rewards equal to that of each of those who follow him deducting nothing from their rewards. And whoever calls unto error shall have sin equal to that of each of those who follow him deducting nothing of their sins.” (Muslim).





Sincerely yours,

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PostSubject: - THE DANGER OF NAFS -   Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:07 am

-THE DANGER OF NAFS-

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Reported on the authority of Jabir Ibn.Abdillah, that the Nabi Sallallahi alaihi wassallam said:

“LAA TA’ALLAMUL ‘ILMA LITUB-HUU BIHIL ‘ULAMA’, WA LAA LITUMAARU BIHIS-SUFAHA’ WA LAA THAKAY-YARUU BIHIL MAJAALISA, FAMAN FA’ALA DHALIKA FANNAA RANNAAR...”


WHICH MEANS: “DO NOT ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE IN ORDER TO SHOW OFF TO THE SCHOLARS, NOR IN ORDER TO DISPUTE WITH THE FOOLISH PEOPLE, NOR CHOOSE SELECTED SEATS IN GATHERINGS, FOR WHOEVER DOES SO, THE FIRE.. THE FIRE…”

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PostSubject: Re: FOLLOW NOT YOUR DESIRE   Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:24 am

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