17 October 2013

Protecting Ourselves From Wrong

"Whoever sees an evil deed being performed should change it with his hand. If he is not able to change it with his hand, then (he should change it) with his tongue. And if he is not able to change it with his tongue, then (he should change it) with his heart, and that is the weakest form of Eeman."

- Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم

"The best way to protect ourselves from wrong is to keep away from anything that could lead to it. One of the favorite tricks of the Shaytân, which deceives everyone except those who are clever enough to see it, is to show a person some goodness in a wrong thing, and call him to go towards it; when the person gets close to it, he falls into the trap."
- Ibn al Qayyim

"A man only commits haram actions because of the weakness of his faith and love; if he does makruh actions it is because he does not have enough hatred towards it, or because of the strength of the love for it that overwhelmed his heart. No person does any haram action, such as immoral conduct both obvious and hidden, or sin and transgression, or associates things with Allah for which He has sent down no authority, or speaks about Allah without knowledge, except because of weakness of faith, because of lack of knowledge and belief, or because of the weakness of love and hate. But if his faith is basically sound, which means that he believes in all that Allah sent, then when the believer does these actions, he feels hatred and resentment towards them, and if he does them then it is because his whims and desires overwhelmed him, so when doing them he inevitably hates them and fears Allah’s punishment for them, and he has the hope that he will rid himself of the consequences, either by repenting or by doing good deeds or by being forgiven, and so on. But if he does not hate them and does not fear Allah with regard to them and does not hope for His mercy, then this is not a believer under any circumstances; rather he is a kafir or a hypocrite."

- Ibn Taymiyyah