[3] The virtuous deed of self-restraint to prioritise the greater good


In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Allah [The Exalted] said:

وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَى
فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَى

But as for he who feared standing before his Lord and restrained his soul from the desire (of lusts, passions, and deviations). Then verily, Paradise will be the abode (for him). [(1)]

The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said, “Verily, you will never leave anything out of fear of Allah [The Mighty and Majestic] except that Allah will give you what is better than it”. [(2)]

When Mahmud Ibn Subuktikeen [may Allah have mercy upon him] whose army conquered India, wanted to break the biggest idol to which the Hindus travel from every region and spent enormous wealth to establish manifestations of polytheism, the Indians offered him a lot of money to leave the idol. Some of the Muslim rulers advised him to take the wealth and refrain from destroying the idol, but he said, “It is more beloved to me that it is said to me on the day of judgment “Where is Mahmud who broke the idol”, rather than, “Where is Mahmud who left the idol for the sake of what he received from this worldly wealth?” So, he broke the idol and found in it far more jewels, pearls, gold, and precious stones than what they offered him”. [(3)]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Hardship is only encountered by the one who abandons the Ma’loofaat and Awaa’id [i.e. those habitual things or deeds]for other than the sake of Allah. As for the one who abandons them truthfully and sincerely from the bottom of his heart- for the sake of Allah alone, indeed he does not encounter any difficulty due to abandoning them except in the beginning, in order that he is tested as to whether he is truthful or untruthful in abandoning them. If he exercises a little bit of patience, its [i.e. that abandonment] will alternate into pleasure. Ibn Seereen [may Allah have mercy upon him] said that he heard Shurayh [may Allah have mercy upon him] swearing by Allaah that ‘A servant does not abandon anything for the sake of Allaah and finds a loss in that’. And their statement [i.e. the people of knowledge] that ‘Whoever abandons something for the Sake of Allah, Allah will replace it with what is better’. This compensation is of different types and the best of that which a person is compensated with is the desire and yearning to get close to Allah, seeking after Allah’s Pleasure, love of Allah, and by way of that the heart granted tranquillity, strength, enthusiasm, happiness and being pleased with its Lord [The Most High]. [(4)] [End of quotes]

These are some of the enormous rewards we will receive personally – InShaaAllah – anytime we forsake anything for Allah’s Sake and none of its good outcomes returns to Allah because our Lord is free from all needs and wants, so what about the reward expected when we abandon something for the benefit or well-being of the community or society?!

[1] Why do we need to be more cautious of the soul than an avowed enemy

[2] Why do we need to be more cautious of the soul than an avowed enemy

[3] Why do we need to be more cautious of the soul than an avowed enemy


[(1)]: https://www.thenoblequran.com/q/#/search/79_40 https://www.thenoblequran.com/q/#/verse/79/41
[(2)]: As-Saheeh Musnad, Number 1489 By Al-Allaamah Muqbil Bin Haadi al-Waadi’ee [may Allah have mercy upon him]
[(3)]: Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah 12/22-23
[(4)] Al-Fawaa’id page 166

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