Don’t Put Your Emotions Before Allāh’s Legislation

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih Al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله stated:

“A person is obligated not to give precedence to his emotions over the (Islāmic) legislation and sound intellect. Indeed emotions are not reliable (because they’re subjective). How often does a person act emotionally then retracts. However, the (Islāmic) legislation is a firm basis (that doesn’t change).”

[At-Ta’līq ‘Alā Sahīh Al-Bukhārī V.2 Pg.368]

قال العلامة الشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين رحمه الله

يجب على الإنسان ألا يُقدم العاطفة على الشريعة والعقل فإن العاطفة غير مأمونة وما أكثر ما ينعطف الإنسان في شيء ثم يرجع لكن الشرع أساس متين

(التعليق على صحيح البخاري ج2 ص368)

A Moment of Pleasure Can Lead to A Lifetime of Sorrow

‘Abdullāh bin Mas’ūd رضي الله عنه stated:

“Perhaps a (short) time of pleasure brings about a longtime sorrow.”

[Az-Zuhd of Ibn Al-Mubārak 1/98]

عن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال

“رُبَّ شهوة ساعةٍ، تُورثُ حُزْنًا طوِيلًا”

[الزهد لابن المبارك (1/ 98)]

The evil pleasures of life are only temporarily enjoyed, however, the punishment of Allāh is severe and unbearable. Therefore, it is from sound intellect that one controls oneself and forebear the inner-struggle when turning away from the evil pleasures to protect oneself from the possibility of experiencing longtime sorrow in this life as well as the next life.

The Two Types of Patience

Maymūn bin Mihrān رحمه الله stated:”Patience is two types: Being patient upon the calamities (that befall a person and that) is good. And better than that is being patient as it relates to keeping away from the acts of disobedience (of Allāh).

“[As-Sabr wa Ath-Thawāb ‘Alayhi of Ibn Abī Ad-Dunyā Pg. 29]

قال ميمون بن مهران رحمه الله

الصبر صبران: الصبر على المصيبة حسن، وأفضل من ذلك الصبر عن المعاصي

[الصبر والثواب عليه لابن أبي الدنيا. ص 29]

My noble brothers and sisters in Islām, it’s very important that we observe patience for the sake of Allāh in our lives. Especially when it comes to being tested with calamities. But more importantly, we must observe patience when the test come in the form of the sins of desires. Our desire to please Allāh must be greater than our desire to please and satisfy our lust at the expense of pleasing Allāh. May Allāh guide us all to observe patience for His sake when tested with calamities and sins.

Whoever is Pleased With The Actions of a People Will Be With Them

Shaykhul-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله stated:

“Whoever is pleased with the actions of a people will be resurrected with them just as the wife of Lūt will be resurrected with the people even though she did not indulge in the indecent act of homosexuality.”

[Al-Fatāwā 15/344]

ﻗﺎﻝ شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية رحمه الله

ﻣَﻦ ﺭﺿﻲ ﻋﻤﻞ ﻗﻮﻡٍ ﺣُﺸِﺮ ﻣﻌﻬﻢ ، ﻛﻤﺎ ﺣُﺸِﺮﺕ ﺍﻣﺮﺃﺓ ﻟﻮﻁ ﻣﻌﻬﻢ ﻭﻟﻢ ﺗﻜﻦ ﺗﻌﻤﻞ ﻓﺎﺣﺸﺔ ﺍﻟﻠﻮﺍﻁ

[ﺍﻟﻔﺘﺎﻭﻯ ٣٤٤/١٥]

What Will You Tell Allāh?!

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Sulaymān Ar-Ruhaylī حفظه الله stated:

“O my brother, O my brother, O my brother, I swear by Allāh, I’m a sincere advisor to you. If that which is being sought from you to say (about someone) with your tongue, does not agree with that which is in your heart, beware of speaking, even if the people boycott you. What are you going to say to Allāh when you are resurrected and Allāh speaks to you directly with no interpreter and Allāh knows what’s in your heart and He knows that which you said you only said it to appease the people but that which is in your heart is other than that?!

[Sharh Sahīh At-Targhīb wa At-Tarhīb #27]

The One Who Is Rightfully Envied

Yahyā bin Mu’ādh رحمه الله stated:

“The one who is (rightfully) envied from amongst the people is:

•The one who leaves off (chasing) the life of this world before it leaves him.

•The one who builds his grave before he enters into it.

•The one who pleases his Lord before he meets Him.”

[Az-Zuhd Al-Kabīr of Al-Bayhaqī #488]

قال ﻳﺤﻴﻰ ﺑﻦ ﻣﻌﺎﺫ – رحمه الله

اﻟﻤﻐﺒﻮﻁ ﻣﻦ اﻟﻨﺎﺱ : ﻣَﻦ ﺗﺮﻙ اﻟﺪﻧﻴﺎ ﻗﺒﻞﺃﻥ ﺗﺘﺮﻛﻪ، ﻭﺑﻨﻰ ﻗﺒﺮﻩ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺃن ﻳﺪﺧﻠﻪ، وﺃﺭﺿﻰ ﺭﺑﻪ ﻗﺒﻞ ﺃﻥ يلقاه

[(الزهـد الكبير للبيهقي (٤٨٨]

How Will We Meet Allāh

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih Al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله stated:

“It’s obligatory upon the person to prepare for the meeting with Allāh عز وجل and know how he will meet Allāh. Will he meet Him in a state that is pleasing to Allāh عز وجل or the opposite (of that). Therefore, investigate yourself and know that which you are upon.”

[Sharh Ar-Ba’īn An-Nawawiyyah]

‏قال الـعلامة محمد بن صالح العثيمين رحمه الله:

يجب على الإنسان أن يستعدّ لمُلاقاة الله عز وجل، وأن يعرف كيف يلاقي الله، هل يلاقيه على حال ترضي الله عز وجل، أو على العكس، ففتش نفسك واعرف مـا أنت عليه

شرح الأربعين النووية

Make Good Use of The Blessings of Allāh

The Noble Scholar Shaykh Sulaymān Ar-Ruhaylī حفظه الله stated:

“Know, O brothers, when Allāh bestows upon a servant his blessing and he does not use that blessing for the obedience of Allāh, rather he uses it for the disobedience of Allāh, he will be accountable for that.”

[Sharh Sahīh At-Targhīb wa At-Tarhīb #24]