Ramadan Series: Vanity

One of the diseases that affects our heart is vanity, known as ‘ujb in Arabic. It is closely related to arrogance although it slightly differs from it. According to al-Ghazali, two people are involved in arrogance, one who is arrogant and the one to whom arrogance is shown. However, for vanity you need just one…

Ramadan Series: False Hopes

The extended hope (tatwil al-amal) is a ”quick-acting poison” that produces an inordinate attachment to worldly concerns, which is a cause of so many diseases of the heart. This false or extended hope leads to the belief that death is a long way off. Consequently, we get into a relaxed mode, thinking death is far…

Ramadan Series: Negative Thoughts

One of the most subtle and unnoticed diseases of the heart that we most commonly fall prey to is what we are going to discuss today. The Imam mentions it as something very easy to have but it is harmful to brotherhood and injurious to one’s own spiritual growth. It is harbouring negative thoughts about…

Ramadan Series: Seeking Reputation

Seeking reputation is a disease of the heart closely related to ostentation that we discussed in yesterday’s post. Seeking reputation is seeking out renown. For example a person wanting people to hear how much he or she gave in charity. The desire of seeking reputation in this world has been admonished by our Beloved Prophet…

Ramadan Series: Ostentation

The disease of the heart that we are going to discuss today has been termed as ‘minor shirk’ by the Prophet (pbuh). Ostentation or riya is the most nefarious disease that ails the heart. In plain terms it is showing off, doing something to gain notoriety. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The thing that I fear…

Ramadan Series: Displeasure with the Divine Decree

One of the diseases of the heart is to be displeased with the decree of its Creator. About being displeased with Qadar, it has been said, ‘There is a quality in people that most are unaware of, yet it consumes (their) good deeds.’ Qadar or the divine decree (preordainment) has been a topic of endless…

Ramadan Series: Relying on other than Allah

The next disease that affects the heart, the one we discuss today, is the one that is the cause of many diseases of the heart. ‘Relying on other than Allah can be traced back to a lack of certainty and an impaired sense of faith and trust in Allah.’ Relying on other than Allah encompasses…

Ramadan Series: Fear of Poverty

The next spiritual disease that we discuss today is the fear of poverty. It wouldn’t be wrong to opine that people who fear poverty lack a certain amount of trust in Allah swt. We are reminded about this in the Quran. Shaitan (Satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds,…

Ramadan Series: Fantasizing

The next disease which ails the heart is entertaining thoughts that are of no concern to you. Hundreds if not thousands thoughts cross our minds daily. These thoughts are sometimes voluntary but most of the time they are involuntary in their nature. We have more or less no control over them so as to say….

Ramadan Series: Blameworthy Modesty

Modesty is a part of our faith. We, as Believers should always adhere to this virtue which was a quality of our Beloved Prophet (pbuh). The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya (This term “Haya” covers a large number of concepts which are to be taken…

Ramadan Series: Envy

Envy is a severe disease of the heart that some scholars opine to be the root of all diseases. It is a comprehensive issue and in this post I have tried to summarise it in a simple way. May you and me both benefit from it. So let’s get started. Envy is considered to be…

Ramadan Series: Love of this World

The love of this world and how it affects the heart has been mentioned numerous times. Most of our desires are rooted in the blameworthy love of this world. Blameworthy love for this world is when it is solely for the benefit of your own self. The Prophet Isa (AS) has been attributed as saying:…