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Saturday, September 25, 2004  

The Adverse Effects of Hurry and Haste The habit of hurry and haste has the trend of involving man in sins. It puts an end to good intentions. Its adverse effects are of four kinds. Its addicts act with undue hurry in doing some good deed and attaining steadfastness therein, although the time appointed by Allah for this attainment may not have arrived yet. This affects the addicts in two ways. Either they become slack and neglectful in their worship sometime abandoning totally their striving [mujaahadah], as they exaggerate and go to the extremes in their strivings [mujaahadaat] with the natural result that they fail to reach their desired goal. The harms arising from remaining behind or exceeding the prescribed limits in mujaahadah can be traced to the habit of hurry and haste. The Holy Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) has said in a Hadith: This Deen (Religion) of ours is a Deen of dignity and solemnity, so enter it with dignity and solemnity. At the time of harvesting the crop the farmers neither turns the field upside-down completely nor does he leave the surface as before but ploughs it mildly to keep it cultivable. There is a proverb in the Arabic language: If you are not hasty, you will reach the goal. Secondly, sometimes the traveller on the path of Deen makes appeals to Allah with due sincerity and submission for something and hopes for a prompt acceptance of his appeal, even though in the knowledge of Allah, there is an appointed day for every thing. When there is some delay in the acceptance of his appeal, the traveller becomes dejected and gives up his mujaahadah and gets far away from his goal. Thirdly, some times this traveller on the path of Deen utters in a state of anger curse on some Muslim on receiving some distress from the latter. He does this in undue haste and that Muslim perishes on account of that curse. In so doing the Salik (traveller) crosses the due limits and causes his own ruin (in so far as his Hereafter is concerned). Exalted Allah has said: Man prays for evil as he would pray for good. This is because man is hasty (in his actions). (17:11) Fourthly, the reality of worship is based on Taqwa and abstention which are attained by giving due thought and full consideration to all affairs and dealings. A man lacking in perseverance and steadfastness is devoid of the power of proper thinking and is hasty in every thing he does. A man addicted to this habit of hurry and haste is sure to stumble in his way, even in matter of his eating and drinking. In a fit of haste he may not mind in eating what is unlawful and forbidden, thus destroying his Taqwa and abstinence. Worship devoid of Taqwa has no value. It is very necessary and urgent to remedy and get rid of hurry and hastiness which cost the addict not only his own good and benefit but also become a cause of harm to another Muslim. How horrible! _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Reality of Hastiness ['ajalat] (Hastiness) is instinct present in the heart which urges a man to do something without thinking about the result. In opposition to it is the instinct of 'slow action' [anaa-at], that is, doing something with patience and due consideration. This is an instinct which promotes the habit of working with a slow pace after taking into consideration all the pros and cons of an issue. There is another term 'to pause' [tawaqquf], its opposite term being 'to act recklessly' [ta'assafa]. (tawaqquf and anaa-at are almost synonymous terms; 'ajalat and ta'assafa are also synonymous terms). My shaikh has pointed out a difference between tawaqquf and anaa-at. He (may Allah be pleased with him) has said that tawaqquf means doing something after due thought and consideration. To observe moderateness and patience after having started some work is anaa-at. To create anaa-at in the heart it is necessary that man should visualize the harms and vices of hastiness and the regret resulting from this haste. This is expected to promote the habit of moderateness and perseverance and banish the habit of haste and hurry. -Hujjatul Islam, Imam Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali, The Best Way for the Worshippers (Minhajul 'Abideen)



posted by Abubak'r | 9/25/2004 03:51:00 PM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
(Bukhari)
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
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I seek God's forgiveness, and do not claim that my intention in producing this Blog is confined to good religious purposes; how may I do so when I am aware of the hidden desires, egotistic passions, and worldly wishes that I harbour? I do not claim innocence for myself; the ego is indeed an inciter to evil, save when my Lord shows mercy; my Lord is indeed Forgiving, Merciful. O God! I seek Your protection against my committing idolatry [shirk] knowingly, and Your forgiveness for that of which I am not aware! I ask God to make me and all other believers benefit from this Blog and to render my production of it purely for the sake of His Noble Countenance.

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