“Woe to the intoxication of thoughtlessness..”

Ibn al-Jawzee wrote:

I was once in a situation of distress, so i regularly made du`aa to Allaah to relieve me from my distress, and to bless me with relief and freedom. Yet, the response seemed to be postponed, so my soul started getting agitated and restless.

I told it “Woe to the! Consider your situation: are you one who is a maid-servant or are you a queen? Are you one who is controlled (by Allaah), or are you the controller? do you not know that this world is the place of trials and tests? And if you ask for something and it is not responded to, and you are impatient at this, then where is the test? After all, are not trials and tests merely the opposite of our own goals and desires? If only you were to understand this responsibility, then that which is difficult will appear easy for you, and the unbearable will become light.”

After it pondered over this, it quietened down a bit.

I then told it, “I also have a second answer, and that is that you are asking (Allaah) your wishes and desires, but neglecting to ask yourself what it is obligated to do. This is the essence of ignorance, for it is appropriate for you to do the opposite, since you are a servant, and the intelligent servant strives to fulfill the rights of his master, knowing that it is not obligatory for the master to grant any desire.”

After I told it this, it achieved more peace.

I then told it, “I have yet a third response, and that is that you have delayed the response, as you have blocked its path with your sins. So if only you were to open the path, the response would be hastened. Do you not know that the cause of peace is taqwa? have you not heard the statement of Allaah:

<< وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجاً >>

“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).” {Soorah at-Talaaq; 2}

Have you not understood that the opposite also applies, (that if you are immersed in your sins, your matter will be made difficult). Woe to the intoxication of thoughtlessness that is stronger than all other intoxicants, and prevents the water that is desired from reaching the garden of one’s goals!”

So my soul realised the truth, and became content.

I then said, “I have yet a fourth response, and that is that you are asking for something for which you do not known the consequences of. In fact, it might be harmful for you. Youre xample is that of a child, stricken with fever, and asking for sweets. The one in charge of you is more aware of your betterment than you are. Has not Allaah said,

“And it is possible that you hate something and it is for your good?” {Soorah al-Baqarah, 216}

After the truth became clear to my soul, it settled in its contentment.

I then said to it, “I have a final – fifth – response, and that is that this wish of yours will decrease your reward (with Allaah), and lower your status. Therefore, the prevention of the response is actually the increasement of your good. If you were only to ask what benefits your Hereafter, it would be better for you.

Understand, therefore, all that I have told you.”

It then replied, “I have been grazing in the gardens of your response, and the understanding (that you have given me) has caused me to be ecstatic with joy!”

[Complete version of this previous post]

8 thoughts on ““Woe to the intoxication of thoughtlessness..”

  1. wa`alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaah,

    No problem. He’s been transferred to another location. Here’s his address:

    Tariq al-Daour NB9133
    HMP Whitemoor
    Longhill Road, March
    United Kingdom

  2. Pingback: Intoxication of thoughtlessness… « Islamiology

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