Islam: Desire and Lust,by Aliyu Shugaba


—Islam: Desire and Lust,by Aliyu Shugaba

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah, peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) his household and followers.
brief lecture today on desire and lust.

Most people believe in right to do what they feel and want to do even if its mean going against God and humanity. So they tend to follow and create there own knowledge and perception for people to believe in them.
The Holy prophet said in annawaawi hadith, ” if you don’t have shame , do what you like.
In another hadith the holy prophet said the lawful things are clear so to the unlawful.
Allah talks about these kinds of people in the Quran and how they shall end.
Al-Jasiyah 45:23
أَفَرَءَيْتَ مَنِ ٱتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُۥ هَوَىٰهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِۦ وَقَلْبِهِۦ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِۦ غِشَٰوَةً فَمَن يَهْدِيهِ مِنۢ بَعْدِ ٱللَّهِۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ
Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded?
In contrast the ayat explain lot more.
أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ
Have you seen him who takes his own lust as his god,
who abides by his lust, and whatever his lust portrays as good he implements it, and whatever his lust portrays as evil, he abandons it!

Allah’s statement,

وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ
And Allah left him astray with knowledge,
has two meanings.
– One of them is that Allah knew that this person deserves to be misguided, so He left him astray.
– The second meaning is that Allah led this person astray after knowledge reached him and the proof was established before him.
The second meaning includes the first meaning, but not the opposite.
Allah said,

وَخَتَمَ عَلَى سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَى بَصَرِهِ

and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight.
so he does not hear what benefits him, understands not what would lead him to the guidance and sees not the evidence with which he can be enlightened.
This is why Allah said,
فَمَن يَهْدِيهِ مِن بَعْدِ اللَّهِ أَفَلَ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember?
Allah said in a similar Ayah,

مَن يُضْلِلِ اللَّهُ فَلَ هَادِيَ لَهُ وَيَذَرُهُمْ فِى طُغْيَـنِهِمْ يَعْمَهُونَ
Whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide him; and He lets them wander blindly in their transgressions.
As a good muslim we should learn to compose ourselves and never to envy those who made there wealth from unlawful means or ways. We should be patient and prayerful and keep a good company that will lead us to jannat. Allah said in suratul Al-Kahf 18:28
وَٱصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِٱلْغَدَوٰةِ وَٱلْعَشِىِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُۥۖ وَلَا تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَاۖ وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُۥ عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَٱتَّبَعَ هَوَىٰهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُۥ فُرُطًا
And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect. In a broad way the ayat is explained as thus “وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ
And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His Face;
meaning, sit with those who remember Allah, who say “La Ilaha Illallah”, who praise Him, glorify Him, declare His greatness and call on Him, morning and evening, all the servants of Allah, whether rich or poor, strong or weak.
It was said that this was revealed about the nobles of Quraysh when they asked the Prophet to sit with them on his own, and not to bring his weak Companions with him, such as Bilal, `Ammar, Suhayb, Khabbab and Ibn Mas`ud. They wanted him to sit with them on his own, but Allah forbade him from doing that, and said,
وَلَا تَطْرُدِ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ
And turn not away those who invoke their Lord, morning and afternoon. (6:52)
Allah commanded him to patiently content himself with sitting with those people (the weak believers), and said:
وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ

And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and afternoon…
Imam Muslim recorded in his Sahih that Sa`d bin Abi Waqqas who said:
“There was a group of six of us with the Prophet. The idolators said, `Tell these people to leave so they will not offend us.’
There was myself, Ibn Mas`ud, a man from Hudayl, Bilal and two other men whose names I have forgotten.
Allah’s Messenger thought to himself about whatever Allah willed he should think about, then Allah revealed:
وَلَا تَطْرُدِ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم بِالْغَدَاةِ وَالْعَشِيِّ يُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَهُ
And turn not away those who invoke their Lord, morning and afternoon seeking His Face). (6:52)
Only Muslim reported this; excluding Al-Bukhari.
وَلَا تَعْدُ عَيْنَاكَ عَنْهُمْ تُرِيدُ زِينَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا
and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world;
Ibn Abbas said,
`(this means) do not favor others over them, meaning do not seek the people of nobility and wealth instead of them.’
وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَن ذِكْرِنَا
and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance,means, those who are distracted by this world from being committed to the religion and from worshipping their Lord.

وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ
and who follows his own lusts,
وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًا
and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.
means, his actions and deeds are a foolish waste of time. Do not obey him or admire his way or envy what he has.
As Allah says elsewhere:
وَلَا تَمُدَّنَّ عَيْنَيْكَ إِلَى مَا مَتَّعْنَا بِهِ أَزْوَجاً مِّنْهُمْ زَهْرَةَ الْحَيَوةِ الدُّنْيَا لِنَفْتِنَهُمْ فِيهِ وَرِزْقُ رَبِّكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَى
And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them, the splendor of the life of this world, that We may test them thereby. But the provision of your Lord is better and more lasting. (20:131).
Alhamdulillah may Allah put us among the righteous ones in this world and the after world. Ameen.

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