Feb
4
2012

Human being and desires

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Desires are steps leading to the Creator of heavens and earth:

Dear brothers, first, one might think that desires are the cause of all sins and faults, and consequently hellfire as a punishment for those who sin in worldly life. However, that assumption isn’t true, and if there were no desires we would have been unable to rise and get closer to the Lord of heavens and earth (Allah). So the questions to be asked are: how can we get closer to the Creator of heavens and earth? How can we approach Him? How can we be sure that Allah loves us? How can we seek His mercy?
How can we talk to Him if we don’t abide by His orders?
Although Allah has installed desires in us, He has linked them with the free will. Consequently, every desire has a wide range that covers an angle of 180 degrees.
Hence, if we want to summarize religion in one sentence we can say: religion, discipline, and patience mean fulfilling your desires in the allowed area of that range.

Each desire has a pure path in Islam:

Men naturally long for women, because of a hidden desire that Allah installed deeply in them, and the same applies for women. Yet, Allah gives us a clean path to fulfill that desire, which is marriage. Men and women can raise and fulfill their desires through marriage.
Human beings are also created with the love of money, and Allah shows us the right path to earn Halal (legitimate) money through work, trade, industry, agriculture, employment, services, heritage, gift, or Sadaqa (a charitable money). All these ways are legitimate to earn money.
On the other hand, there are many ways to earn Haram (illegitimate) money through stealing, deceiving, cheating, lying, or defrauding.
What is religion? It is to fulfill every desire within the allowed area set by Allah, and this meaning is indicated by the following Ayah, as the Quran tells that prophet Shuaib said:

(That which is left by Allah for you (after giving the rights of the people) is better for you)

[Surat Hud, ayah 86]

What is left of every desire (the allowed area to fulfill it) will bring bliss and safety to each one of us.
For that reason Allah says:

(And who is more astray than one who follows his own lusts, without guidance from Allah?)

[Surat Al Qasas, ayah 50]

If you observe any marriage ceremony, you will see that it is nothing but involves proposing, acceptance, announcment, witnesses, guardian, dowry, celebration, gifts and exchanged congratulations, because it is a legitimate matter, but what is the core of marriage contract? It is a legitimate paper that allows a sexual relationship between the husband and wife, and because it is done according to Allah’s method, they both rise with it.
This marriage is the legitimate way to have a son or a daughter who fills the house with happiness, and who is raised and reared to be a respectful person; a caller to Allah, a doctor, a professor, a merchant, or an industrial man. This son or daughter, if brought up on Islam and manners, would be generous, disciplined, honest, and trustful. That family would have perfect offspring, but the basis of that project was a sexual relationship. On the other hand, adultery is also a sexual relationship but it leads to scandal, disgrace, and lapse.
Once a friend told me, that he heard a knock on his door at 4:00 AM. When he opened the door, he found no one, but a sack with something moving in it. It was a new-born baby (an outcome of illegal relationship), so this baby wass left by the door, and the person who placed it, ran away.
I made a comparison, baby that is an outcome of a legitimate marriage, you will notice the difference, as in marriage you fiwhen a married couple have a baby, they would be happy, proud, they receive congratulations and gifts, and they celebrate and offer people refreshments. Both families (of the husband and wife) are happy. On the contrary, when someone has a baby (from adultery) it would a shame, disgrace, scandal, and an unbearable burden. Desire is the denominator in both cases.
As an example, desire is like fuel in a car, which will produce a useful motion (in the engine), if it was put in the tank, run in the tubes, and exploded at the right time and place. As a result, this car will take you and your family to enjoy a beautiful spring day in the parks. What happens exactly here? It was a set of controlled explosions that took place. Yet if you spill that same fuel on the car and give it a light, you will burn the entire vehicle and the people in it. The fuel is the same in both cases, but in the first case it produces a useful motion and in the second case it was devastating, and that resembles desires with which we rise or fall.
A few days ago, I was invited to the house of one of a great scholar of Quran. He is over 95. He told me that 13 of his grandsons were doctors. The basis of this family was sexual desire. That is desire
Hence, if not for desires, we won’t be able to rise to the Lord of heavens and earth.
You enjoy your prayer and you shed tears and show humility to Allah, because, on your way to the mosque, you lowered your gaze saying: “I fear Allah Lord of worlds” instead of feasting your eyes on women’s beauty. If you were not created with love for women and desire to look at them, if you were not ordered to lower your gaze and so you did, you wouldn’t be able to get humble and cry in prayer.
The Prophet PBUH said in a Qudi hadith (that Allah says):

Look at My servant, he left his desires for My sake

[Ibn Al Sinni, from Al Furdous by Talhah]

Our Master Josef PBUH was a slave, and he was tempted by the woman who owned him, and who happened to have beauty and prestige, Allah says in the following Ayah:

(He said: “I seek refuge in Allah (or Allah forbid)! Truly, he (your husband) is my master! He made my stay agreeable! (So I will never betray him))

[Surat Yousof, ayah 23]

He was sent to jail, but later on he became The Aziz (governor) of Egypt.
So, desires are our path to rise to the Lord of heavens and earth, and if not for desires, there would be no paradise, no eternal bliss, no connecting with Allah, and no feeling of excellence. You are powerful, and free to do whatever you want, yet Allah restricts all that with a method you should follow.
Once, a man asked our master Omar, may Allah be pleased with him: Do you like me? Omar answered: “By Allah, I don’t like you”. The man asked: “would your hatred hinders you from giving me my right?” Omar answered: “I swear by Allah, No, I won’t”. The man said: “So I won’t feel bad for your hatred to me as women usually do”.
If that person was someone else other than Omar, he would have tortured him, but Omar couldn’t do that because of the Prophet’s saying PBUH:

Faith restrains Tyranny

[Bukhari, by Abu Huraira]

Therefore, the believer might be powerful and wealthy, yet he is restricted by his belief, in order to rise with whatever blessing he/she might have.
The reason behind most of our brothers’ good connection with Allah, was their consent with less outcome, and rejections of millions gained through illegitimate ways, either by rejecting a job that displeases Allah, or Haram goods. They are satisfied with little Halal money. Therefore, if not for desires, we wouldn’t rise to the Lord of heavens and earth.

Desires are regulated not restricted by religion:

Dear brothers, I would like to address young people saying:
Don’t you ever think or have the illusion that there is any deprivation in Islam, there is regulation. You should know, that every desire installed in you has a legitimate path to fulfill it. Because Islam is the of pure nature, there is no deprivation in it.
Even the desire of boosting, that exists in each one of us, and has many names; psychiatrists call it “self-esteem”, while others call it “excellence”, and some call it “controlling”, this desire, can be fulfilled through seeking knowledge and doing good deeds, so you can be honored because of it. Haven’t you read the Quranic ayah:

(Have We not opened your breast for you (O Muhammad), And removed from you your burden, Which weighed down your back? And raised high your fame?)

[Surat Al Shareh]

Every Muslim who seeks knowledge is honored by Allah. As we are performing Umrah (voluntary short pilgrimage that can be performed at any time of the year), every year millions of people come to this mosque, stand infront of the Prophet’s shrine and address Him by saying: “We bear witness that you conveyed the Message, fulfilled the trust, offered sincere advice to Ummah (nation of Islam), relieved them from hardship, strove truly for the sake of Allah, and guided Allah’s servants to the right path”
We say all that because the Prophet PBUH knew Allah, and fulfilled the message of Allah.

(O Prophet (Muhammad)! Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner)

[Surat Al Ahzab, verse 45]

People also stand in front of Assidique’s shrine and say: “O, Prophet’s companion, whom the Prophet described saying:

The sun never rises or sets on a men better man than Abu Bakr except for a Prophet

Then they stand in front of our Master Omar’s shrine and say: “O, Farouk”, the Prophet said about you:

If a Prophet were to be after me, Omar would have been the one

Those people believed, straightened up, and were sincere, so Allah raised high their fame. On the other hand, where are those who opposed and disbelieved? They are in history’s dump. Have you heard anyone mentioning Abu Jahel by saying: “Our Master Abu Jahel”? Impossible!!!
Dear brothers, desire is desire, but you either rise or fall with it. Desires are neutral, because you have the freedom of choice, therefore, every desire installed in you could be your ticket to rise to the highest level in paradise.

Desires and assignment:

This leads to a delicate issue; you have a nature and divine assignment, and for a very deep wisdom, nature contradicts with that assignment.
Allah the Almighty says:

(But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. Verily, Paradise will be his abode.)

[Surat Al Naz’at, verses 40-41]

Human nature requires sleep and to stay in your cozy bed on chilly winter mornings, while the divine assignment demands you to remove your warm cover, perform ablution with cold water, so you wake up, and perform salat.
Human nature tempts you to take money, whereas divine assignment demands you to spend it on the poor, nature asks you to feast your eyes on women’s beauty, whereas divine assignment demands you to lower your gaze, and human nature likes to gossip about people’s scandals, whereas divine assignment demands you to hold your tongue.
Those desires are the reason to rise to Allah the Almighty, Who likes the repentant young man and says to the angels:

Look at My servant; he left his desires for My sake

[Ibn Al Sinni, from Al Furdous by Talhah]

Believe me dear brothers, and young men, the repentant young man is the dearest creature to Allah.
If Yousef (Joseph) PBUH answered the offer of Al- Aziz’s wife, do you think he could be “the Prophet” yousef PBUH?
We might have never heard of him, but what rised Him is His saying:

He said: “I seek refuge in Allah

A stance of honor could give you eternal bliss, and I swear that there are stances hard to be imagined.
Human nature contradicts with assignment, yet, divine assignment is in harmony with human nature while desire tends to fulfill the body needs. For example, the body needs rest so it tends to sleep, while pure nature likes to have a strong connection with Allah, so it wakes you up.
When you look at desires as a motivation to the best, not as a devastating power, only then, you are prudent.
There is a critical point here; when you find a prohibition in the Quran, how do you comprehend that prohibition?
For example, if you saw a sign on a wide field that says: “Mine field, don’t pass”, would it be a reason for you (as a civilized person) to hate the person who put it there? Never! On the contrary, you will be grateful to him, because he is concerned about your safety. If you consider this sign as a restriction of your freedom, you are not prudent, but if you know that it is for your safety, you are prudent.
The issue of desire is critical, as they are the secret behind connection with Allah, winning paradise, closeness to Allah, and approaching Him.
How could a human being approach Allah if he/she has no desires? Therefore, Allah the Almighty creates these desires to be steps to get closer to Him, and deprivation could never be found in Islam.

By desires you rise to Allah through endurance and gratitude:

Dear brothers, what is astounding about desires is that they cause you to rise to Allah twice.
For example, if a Muslim saw some women, dressed in idecent clothes, and he says:

(He said: “I seek refuge in Allah)

A stance of honor could give you eternal bliss, and I swear that there are stances hard to be imagined.
Human nature contradicts with assignment, yet, divine assignment is in harmony with human nature while desire tends to fulfill the body needs. For example, the body needs rest so it tends to sleep, while pure nature likes to have a strong connection with Allah, so it wakes you up.
When you look at desires as a motivation to the best, not as a devastating power, only then, you are prudent.
There is a critical point here; when you find a prohibition in the Quran, how do you comprehend that prohibition?
For example, if you saw a sign on a wide field that says: “Mine field, don’t pass”, would it be a reason for you (as a civilized person) to hate the person who put it there? Never! On the contrary, you will be grateful to him, because he is concerned about your safety. If you consider this sign as a restriction of your freedom, you are not prudent, but if you know that it is for your safety, you are prudent.
The issue of desire is critical, as they are the secret behind connection with Allah, winning paradise, closeness to Allah, and approaching Him.
How could a human being approach Allah if he/she has no desires? Therefore, Allah the Almighty creates these desires to be steps to get closer to Him, and deprivation could never be found in Islam.

By desires you rise to Allah through endurance and gratitude:

Dear brothers, what is astounding about desires is that they cause you to rise to Allah twice.
For example, if a Muslim saw some women, dressed in idecent clothes, and he says:

(I seek refuge in Allah (or Allah forbid)!)

If he lowers his gaze, he rises to Allah out of his endurance, and later on, when he gets married to a wife he has chosen, and he feasts his eyes on his wife’s beauty, he also rises to Allah by fulfilling his desire with his wife in the allowed way.
So you are subliming to Allah twice, once out of endurance, and the second time out of gratitude.
Think of another example, you were offered a job, with huge salary, but it is based on hurting people, or frightening them, Allah forbids, then you found another job with much less income but Halal, so you accepted it, and you used its Halal money to buy food, clothes, and gifts for your children to make them happy. The money is the same but when it is haram (forbidden) it leads you away from Allah and when it is halal, it brings you closer to Allah.

Desires are motivations in life:

Don’t ever think that because of desires man slips, or that if not for desires there wouldn’t be hellfire as a punishment for sinners. Actually, desires are a must because they are like the engine for the car.
If you leave a table for a hundred years, it won’t move, because it has no desires, unlike human being who was installed by the need for food and drink, so can he/she stay still in one place? One of us needs to eat, so he/she looks for a job to make a living and to be able to afford food. Hence, desires are motivations for us to move, and without desires, you wouldn’t have seen any bridges, universities, buildings, farms, agriculture, factories, ships, automobiles, or anything made by people. Why do you work? You work to make a living, and to be able to feed yourself. And this is the characterestic that Allah used to describe Prophets as human not as gods, Allah says:

(they ate food)

[Surat Al Furqan, verse 20]

Therefore, by eating food, you are defined as human:

(and walked in the markets)

[Surat Al Furqan, verse 20]

They are in need for food to build their bodies, so they are in need to walk in markets to earn money for that food.
Hence, Allah installed desires in mankind to enable them to rise to the Lord of heavens and earth. So, desires could be a motivation for us to strive in life and ascending steps to get closer to the Lord of heavens and earth, or a devastating power and descending steps for falling down.

Desires are neutral:

Please pay attention to this critical idea: Because you have the freedom of choice, then everything in your life is neutral, how?
Your desires are neutral, like longing for money, yet, this money could be earned legitimately or illegitimately, therefore, either you rise to the highest level through Halal money, or fall down to the lowest level through Haram money.
Some people do continuous good deeds in their lives, such as building a mosque, an orphanage, an Islamic center, or a charitable institution, these kinds of deeds are preserved to the day of resurrection, and it is in their registry of deeds.
On the other hand, others might build a nightclub, which in a way a continuous deed, but a bad one. That man would be held accountable for each person gets into in that club even after his death.
Once, we participated in opening a new mosque, Glory be to Allah, the man who built that mosque was standing by its door shaking hands with each one of us with his gleaming face, and as far as I know, he built it from his own money, without taking any help of any one, as he bought the land, built the mosque and furnished it. Ironically, and for a deep wisdom, on the other side of the street opposite to the mosque, there was a nightclub, where all kinds of sins were committed, and I was told that the builder of that club died 10 days after its opening, I said to myself: “O, Allah, one rises to the highest levels and another falls to the lowest levels”, and money, the dearest thing to everyone, is a common factor in both cases. One opposed his desire and spent it to build a mosque and he rose with it, while the other built a night club, he also spent money, but he fell with it.
Hence, desires are neutral with which you either rise to the highest levels, or fall to the lowest levels, and desires are the same in both cases.

Shares of earthly life are not a sign of honor:

Desires, shares in life, and intelligence are neutral issues. One might use his intelligence to spread the word of truth or to corrupt people and to collect a huge wealth illegally.
Being good looking could serve the truth or could be the reason to commit thousands of sins and faults.
Eloquence is also neutral like any other share, and same goes for all divine gifts that are bestowed to any person.
Notablitiy, for example, could be a result of a high powerful position that can be used to carry out the right, and annihilate falseness, or could be a means to collect money illegally.
There is a question that I frequently ask: Is money considered as a blessing? The answer to that is yes and no. Is poverty considered as a blessing? The answer is also yes and no
Money is a blessing if it is earned and spent in legitimate ways.
Allay says:

(As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honor and gifts, then he says (puffed up): “My Lord has honored me.)

[Surat Al Fajr, verse 15]

This is what man says, and it is not accepted by Allah:

(As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honor and gifts, then he says (puffed up): “My Lord has honored me.)

And the answer to that is:

(But when He tries him, by straitening his means of life, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me!)

[Surat Al Fajr, verse 16]

The answer is
“Nay”
That is a negation, as if Allah is saying: No, mankind, giving you in this life doesn’t refer to honor and preventing is not a sign of deprivation. Allah gives money to good people and bad people, Qarun was given money, though he wasn’t dear to Allah, and our Master Othman, may Allah be pleased with him, was given money. Allah gave possession of kingdom to Pharaoh, and He gave it to Salmon PBUH.

(He said: “My Lord! Forgive me, and bestow upon me a kingdom such as shall not belong to any other after me)

[Surat Saad, verse 35]

Hence, desires are neutral:

(As for man, when his Lord tries him by giving him honour and gifts, then he says (puffed up): “My Lord has honoured me. But when He tries him, by straitening his means of life, he says: “My Lord has humiliated me!)

[Surat Al Fajr, verses 15-16]

The answer is:

(Nay!)

My gift isn’t to honor you, and My trial isn’t to deprive you. My gift could be a trial to you, and My trial could be a cure to your soul, how is that?
Money is a trial for you, so either you pass the test, or you don’t. If you earn it and spend it in legitimate ways, you rise, and if you spend it in illegitimate ways, you fall down.
Desires are motivations, and human being resembles a vehicle, in which the engine is the desires, the steering wheel is the mind, and the road is the divine method. The engine’s function is to move the car, while the mind keeps it on the road. Therefore, heroism is to use your mind to control the vehicle that moves forward by the engine and to keep it on the road.

There is no problem us fulfilling desires according to Islamic path:

Dear brothers, he who lives his life, following his/her desires, away from the divine method is a loser, but at the same time, you should firmly believe that it is OK to follow those desires within the divine method, and the proof is in the Ayah:

(And who is more astray than one who follows his own lusts, without guidance from Allah?)

[Surat Al Qasas, verse 50]

The above Ayah means that he who follows his desires within Allah’s path is on the safe side. In other words, there is no deprivation in Islam, and Islam is a religion based on human nature and on reality. Islam takes into consideration man’s needs, values, body, soul, earthy life, and his/her hereafter. There is no deprivation, there is regulation, as there is a right way to fulfill each desire.
Self esteem is a desire exists in each one of us, everyone likes to have a position, to excel in knowledge, work, specialization, beauty, home, and car. Man loves excellence. You can achieve this excellence by knowing Allah, doing good deeds, and calling to Allah. You can win the hearts of thousands or may be millions and be become famous.
On the other hand, a man indulged in lusts, leading a luxurious life, and earning a wealth by opening a nightclub or dealing with drugs, can also be famous and have a huge wealth, a great palace, many luxurious cars, and a place. This is also self-esteem. Desires are neutral, you can either rise or fall with them.
Think of the remarkable Islamic leader Salah Al Deen, the leader who faced 27 European armies, and he liberated Jerusalem. Think about our Maser Omar, may Allah be pleased with them. There are many great people in history, who fulfilled their self esteem, and rose to be great leaders, and whose names are carved on the list of honor.
Abu Bakr achieved self esteem by supporting the prophet (PBUH) and became Al-Siddique, and Abu Jahl achieved self- esteem by opposing the prophet, and fell in the dumb of history. Therefore, you can gain your self esteem by following the right path and you turn into a famous man, or by following the wrong path, may Allah forbid, and turn also into a famous one.
Powerful people in the world could be tyrants, just like Hitler who caused two world wars that perished 50 million victims, and left 50 million handicapped behind.The person who ordered to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs was considered as a notable person, but this person took a decision that killed 300 thousand people in three seconds, and of course the war ended therewith.
Self-esteem and excellence are neutral. One can be notable by doing a vile work, like the dancer who says that Allah helped her to be famous (as a joke). Writers can be famous through goo books or through bad books, it is a neutral matter.
Some people have large families, large number of educated, grandchildren; doctors, architects, religious schoras, and so forth, and all that was based on a mere desire fulfilled through the right path “marriage”.
One might work to earn money and wear an elegant suit for the Eid to visit his relatives, this is a desire, but it is allowed.
It was narrated that the Prophet PBUH said to his companions:

You are going to visit your brothers, so repair your saddles and make sure that you are dressed well, so that you will stand out among people like an adornment

[Ahmad]

Dear brothers, desires are one of the most important constituents of the divine assignment to mankind, and they were installed in each one of us by Allah to be our ticket to paradise, either through endurance (preventing oneself from indulging in prohibited things) or through gratitude (fulfilling those desires according to the divine method), and we should always remember that every desire installed in us, has a right way, to be fulfilled.

Controlling desires is the cornerstone of Islamic civilization:

It is impossible that you obey Allah and lose, or disobey Allah and win, and that is a rule of thumb.
What is religion? It is control. It is to control your desires according to Allah’s method, and fulfill them within the legitimate limits, and that is the definition of religion, righteousness, and good deed. In other words, religion, integrity, and good deed are to control your actions with Allah’s method.
Hence, Allah says:

(Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world’s life;)

[Surat Al Imran, verse 14]

Paradise is for those who controlled their desires.
It was said: Islamic civilization is based on self control, whereas western civilization is based on controlling and adjusting nature.
Western world was able to extract oil from the bottom of the North Sea, how could they do that without mixing salty water with oil? How did they manage to make oil run into pipes under the sea? It is amazing.
They reached the moon, Mars, and Jupiter, and pictures from there were aired to the entire world, that turned now into a small village, thanks to the scientific breakthroughs, and the entire world is now just a desk top, through which you communicate with others.
I lectured on air once, when I was in Arafah (performing Hajj), and this lecture was heard in the five continents, it is an amazing world that we are living in now!

Controlling desires is the price of paradise:

Dear brothers, every desire has a right path through which it could be fulfilled. Allah says:

(But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. Verily, Paradise will be his abode.)

[Surat Al Naz’at, verses 40-41]

The price of paradise is controlling, which is defined as moving in the allowed area, as you can eat Halal food that is paid by Halal money earned in legitimate ways, but not in illegitimate ones, such as lying and deceiving.

Make your living in Halal ways, and your supplicating will be answered

[Tabarani, by Ibn Abbas]

You can marry the woman you like, and you never feel shame, because it is the right way to be with a woman, the Prophet PBUH referred to this matter once, saying:

In the sexual act of a Muslim with his wife there is a sadaqa.” The Companions replied: “0 Messenger of Allah! When one of us fulfills his sexual desire, will he be given a reward for that?”
And he said, “If he did so illegally, wouldn’t he be sinful, so if he acts upon it lawfully he will be rewarded.

[Muslim by Abu Dharr]

The same act is considered Haram and sinful if it was done out of marriage, and a good deed in Halal relation. That is how a believer rises twice because of desire; By endurance, and by gratitude.
Again, desires are the way leading to the Lord of heavens and earth. Had there been no desire, there would have been no paradise.

Sins and the safety area:

Now, let us move on to a secondary topic, adultery is forbidden. Allah says:

(And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse)

[Surat Al Isra’a, verse 32]

Out of a profound wisdom, Allah didn’t say: don’t commit adultery, but He said:

(And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse)

Which means: keep a distance between you and this sin like a safety margin.
To clarify this idea, consider the following example: When there is a high voltage power line of 8000 volt, the minister of Electricity orders to put a sign saying: “No approaching, high voltage”, because within an area of 8 meters, electricity has a power of gravity, and entering that area leads to burning and death. Some lust have high gravity too. Allah forbids many things that lead to adultery such as: being alone with a woman, befriending bad companies, feasting eyes on women’s beauty, and all other introductions that lead to adultery, hence, whoever stays away from those introductions, will be protected from committing adultery.
The Prophet said:

Anyone who hovers around a prohibited area is about to fall into it. Every kingdom has a prohibited area, and the one of Allah is what He prohibited.

[Agreed upon]

You should keep a distance between you and all prohibitions, which will be a safety margin for you.
Consider desires as a deep scary river, that has a slippery slant bank and another straight dry bank, your chances of slipping into the water are bigger if you walk on the slippery bank.
Prophet Jesus PBUH said:

The honest is he who stays away from sin’s resources

Allah said:

(And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way)

[Surat Al Isra’a, verse 32]

(These are the limits (set) by Allah, so approach them not)

[Surat Al Baqara, verse 187]

(And come not near to the orphan’s property, except to improve it)

[Surat Al Ana’am, verse 152]

You should know that faith means being prepared to stand before Allah:

(and keeps away (abstain) from all kinds of sin and evil deeds prohibited in Islam and] fears the standing before his Lord, there will be two Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).)

[Surat Al Rahman, verse 46]

One garden is in earthy life, and the other is on the Day of Resurrection:
A scholar said: “I feel pity for people who live for earthy life, they got in and out without tasting the best of it, that is, being close to Allah.”
The proof is in the following Ayah:

(They know only the outside appearance of the life of the world (i.e. the matters of their livelihood, like irrigating or sowing or reaping, etc.))

[Surat Al Rum, verse 7]

Another scholar said: “My garden is in my chest, and I bewildered my enemies what to do with me? If they send me away, it will be tourism for me, if they lock me up, it will be privacy for me, and if they kill me, I will be martyrdom, so what should they do with me?”

Who is the slave of desires?

The Prophet PBUH said:

Ruin be to a slave of the Dinar (money); the slave of the Dirham, and the slave of the striped silk cloak. If he is given anything he is pleased, but if not, he is unhappy.

[Al-Bukhari]

One can be a slave to money, stomach, lust, or to appearance.
In fact, this Hadith indicates a group of people who worship their desires rather than Allah, and this concept is indicated in the following Ayah:

(Have you (O Muhammad) seen him who has taken as his ilah (god) his own desire?)

[Surat Al Furqan, verse 43]

There are two kinds of slavery (Ebadah), there are those who are slaves (Abeed), because of being overpowered, and those who are Ebaad to Allah who know Him, love Him, obeye him, get closer to Him, abide by his method, and are good to other creatures. This kind of slavery comes out of gratitude.
Allah said:

(And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility)

[Surat Al Furqan, verse 63]

On the other side, the stubborn, who is controlled by his desires, and who worships his lusts instead of Allah, that person is a slave of overpowering, and he is a slave of Allah because he is overpowered by Him, he is under Allah’s control.
Allah said:

(And your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves.)

[Surat Fussilat, verse 46]

Desires don’t build a future:

By the way, human being is in need of two things; safety and happiness. While safety could be achieved by being righteous on Allah’s path, happiness could be gained by good deeds, and there is a big difference between safety and happiness.
Some philosophers said:
“The most wretched are those who are hanged on to their desires and nothing else.”
The most wretched people are those who crave for earthy life, whereas the happiest people are the farthest from it.
Human being must have a noble purpose, and a great aim, such as knowing Allah, and performing good deeds, with which he/she feels sacred and close to Allah, but following desires takes man no where, and he/she can’t build a future by indulging in desires.
Taking a bubble bath is a nice thing and it might take an hour or so, and you enjoy it, have you learnt anything? Have you become a doctor? Have you become a successful merchant? Hence, enjoying life doesn’t build a future while good deeds do.
The prophet PBUH said:

Stay away from easy life, as true servants of Allah don’t lead easy life

[Ahmad]

Enjoying life without doing anything else, leads to misery, and this explains the high rates of suicide among wealthy people. I am sure that people suffer most these days from being aimless in life.
Allah said:

(Is he who walks without seeing on his face, more rightly guided, or he who (sees and) walks on a Straight Way (i.e. Islamic Monotheism).)

[Surat Al Mulk, verse 22]

Define your purpose in life:

I hope that each one of you will define his destiny, make Allah your purpose and say: O, Allah You are my aim and Your consent is my purpose.
If you choose a purpose that is less than your qualifications, you will be miserable, and you will lead a boring life. If you have any earthly purpose, you keep dreaming of it until you achieve it, but when you fulfill it, and enjoy reaching it, its influence on stops, and here the misery starts. For that reason, he/she who makes Allah his/her destination, actually he/she are choosing the eternal Truth.

We can gain serenity, safety, and tranquility by obeying Allah:

Life is prettier when you obey Allah, and Allah grants the obedient a right, as it was mentioned in the following Hadith:

Narrated Mu’adh bin Jabal: The Prophet said, “O Mu’adh! Do you know what Allah’s Right upon His slaves is?” I said, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The Prophet said, “To worship Him (Allah) Alone and to join none in worship with Him (Allah). Do you know what their right upon Him is?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The Prophet said, “Not to punish them (if they do so).

[Agreed upon]

If you obey Allah, you have the right to be safe from His torment.
Allah says:

(Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allah (Alone),” and then they Istaqamu , on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve”)

[Surat Fussilat, verse 30]

By Allah dear brothers, I can’t believe that the believer’s heart contains any fear, worry, depression, or pessimism, and that is because the believer is defended by Allah if he/she obeys Him and that is mentioned in noble Quran, Allah says:

(Truly, Allah defends those who believe)

[Surat Al Haj, verse 38]

(And he, to whom Hikmah is granted, is indeed granted abundant good)

[Surat Al Baqara, verse 269]

You will be granted satisfaction and safety, which are the two most precious graces.

(“(He) Who has fed them against hunger, and has made them safe from fear.)

[Surat Quraish, verse 4]

Allah will grant you serenity and bliss.
Hence, dear brothers, desires are neutral; you rise to the Lord of heavens and earth by desires, and you should know, that there won’t be Paradise if not for desires. Let us imagine that everything is allowed, the question to be asked is: How can you approach Allah in that case? When there are certain prohibitions, and you obey Allah but staying away from them, then you are approaching Allah by such acts, like lowering the gaze, staying away from Haram income, holding the tongue from gossip, abstaining from backbiting, when you avoid all these sins, by controlling your senses, then you rise and get closer to Allah.

The conclusion:

With a concise review, Allah says:

(Is he whom We have promised an excellent promise (Paradise), which he will find true)

[Surat Al Qasas, verse 61]

The honored person is he/she who controlled his/her gaze, tongue, ears, entity, and spending, and bring his/her actions to the allowed area, then died on that, Allah says:

(Is he whom We have promised an excellent promise (Paradise), which he will find true, like him whom We have made to enjoy the luxuries of the life of (this) world, then on the Day of Resurrection, he will be among those brought up (to be punished in the Hell-fire)?)

[Surat Al Qasas, verse 61]

There is a big difference between the two.

(Is he whom We have promised an excellent promise (Paradise), which he will find true, like him whom We have made to enjoy the luxuries of the life of (this) world, then on the Day of Resurrection, he will be among those brought up (to be punished in the Hell-fire)?)

Desires satisfy man’s lust which is temporarily and contradicted. However, they bring depression to he who follows them, but faith brings happiness.
Dear brothers, when you know Allah, your actions fall within the allowed area that is permitted by Allah, and only then you gain safety.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

Translation : Noora Al Sharabi
Auditing : Maha Sulieman

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