“From the signs of guidance is taking care of the heart’s condition.
And from the signs of being misguided is taking care of the body and neglecting the heart.”
I read this on Muwahidoon.com facebook page and it struck a chord.
“And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one’s saying: “I have seen,” while in fact he has not seen, or “I have heard,” while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).” [17:36]
The heart is so fickle and weak and none can guide it except Allaah. The Messenger صلى الله عليه سلم said:
“Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of Ar-Rahmaan as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes. Then Allahs Messenger (ﷺ) said: 0 Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Thine obedience.” [Saheeh Muslim]
And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Before the Hour comes, there will be tribulation like pieces of black night, when a man will wake up as a believer but be a disbeliever by evening, or he will be a believer in the evening but will be a disbeliever by morning.”
How can one feel safe that their heart will not be corrupted and that they will not be of those mentioned in this Hadith? By Allaah I personally know of someone, whom I once admired for her striving in knowledge and her patience with trials and tribulations yet less than a few months after meeting her, she left Islam and became an atheist, and refuge is sought with Allaah!
There are times when it is easy to preoccupy ourselves with the dunya and forget the trials it contains. There is a famous narration of a great Sahaabi, Handhalah رضي الله عنه who went to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم exclaiming:
“Handhalah has turned hypocrite.” Thereupon Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “What has happened to you?” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, when we are in your company, and are reminded of Hell-fire and Jannah, we feel as if we are seeing them with our own eyes, but when we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.” Thereupon Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “By Him in Whose Hand is my life if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your roads; but Handhalah, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time should be devoted (to prayer)”. He (the Prophet (ﷺ)) said this thrice.” [Saheeh Muslim]
There is a time for everything. There is a time for everything. There is a time for everything.
This moderation that our beautiful Deen teaches is something that can be so difficult. I am a very “all or nothing” type of personality and balancing every aspect of my life and giving each thing its due time and attention is something I am striving to do. Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
“Mankind was created (with the characteristics of being) unjust and ignorant, so his nature is ignorance and following the evils of his desires. Therefore he is in constant need of knowledge which removes his ignorance and moderation in his loving and his hating, in his happiness and his anger, in his actions and his abstinence, in his giving and his preventing- and everything that he says and does requires moderation, which prevents oppression. So if it was that Allaah did not bestow upon him this knowledge and moderation, he will possess (a level of) ignorance and oppression that will remove him from traversing the straight path.” [Majmoo’ al Fataawa]
Realising that I cannot do everything and that I will inevitably fail in some things has been refreshing. I still have to stop my self from overdoing things in many different aspects but changing my perspective has helped achieve a more “balanced, moderate” mentality. The Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.”[Saheeh Al Bukhari]
Moderation is taking time to take care of your eemaan by seeking knowledge and doing deeds to get closer to Allaah. It is taking time to take care of your body because it a blessing from the blessings of Allaah and preserving it is a means of gratitude for His Favour.
Learning balance and moderation is a daily struggle for me and I ask Allaah that He will aid me in it. And all praise is due to Allaah and may the peace and blessings be upon the Final Messenger.
As a side not, on my trainers and stability ball; I have to point out that there is a lot of fitnah for women when it comes to exercise (which is why I exercise at home) and therefore I feel I should warn sisters about some haram means to it. Firstly, yoga which is haram and is the worship of the pagans. Secondly, wearing clothing that is not legislated outside of the home. Thirdly going to gyms where there are all types of fitnah, from music to free mixing and many other evils. May Allaah protect us and guide us to the straight path.