To become a believer who is sincere and firm in faith, we must correct our internal environment first. Remember the whole world has not been made your responsibility. YOUR spiritual reformation is your responsibility. On a hot day if we turn the fan on, we can cool ourselves and a few others, but can we cool the whole world? That we cannot do.
The internal environment of the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم was so strong and firm, the external environment was not frightening to them. Hazratjee Maulana Maseehullah Khan رحمة الله عليهexplained this saying that when the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم went for battle, diamonds and rubies were thrown in front of them to tempt them. But because their internal environment was sorted out, they were firm and unmoved. So much so when they acquired the extravagant tents of the Romans in war booty, they sold them in the market place for a cheap price, rather than keeping them or selling at a high price.
They didn’t get immersed in dunyawi things. In certain aspects of the dunya we are detached, and in other aspects of the dunya we get immersed. Some people have no interest in wealth, but when it comes to women, casinos or drugs, they are obsessed.
The Christians once selected exquisitely, beautiful young girls, and sent them to sell items to the Muslims. They gave the girls instructions to seduce the Muslims. They obediently tried their hardest, but they stood no chance against such great men. Instead they returned to the Christians insulted. They informed them that forget falling into sin, these people don’t even look at us! Eventually a high priest told the Christian that look, you’re wasting time with these people. We throw wealth and women at them, and they treat it like its nothing. It means nothing to them. You can’t change these people, you can’t shake their faith and you can’t break them or weaken them.
But how, how did they manage to stay so strong against these temptations? Because their internal environment was firm upon deen. The gaze and focus of the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم was not on women or wealth. Their gaze was on Allah and Allah alone! Some people enquire that how can we protect our gaze when there are filthy pictures everywhere?! But wasn’t that environment filthy too?
Of course it was! However the Sahaaba رضي الله عنهم had dominated the nafs. They had total control over bad character traits like anger. This is Tassawuf – to rectify the inside. If this internal environment is corrected in line with deen, then that inner will go with a person whether he is on the plane, in a submarine, in a foreign hotel with the curtains drawn, or standing before the kaba sharif. If the inside is right, no matter where we go and no matter how corrupt the outside environment is, we will be safe from fitna and the whispers of shaytan.
May Allah give us the tawfiq to correct and rectify our hearts, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
The above is an extract from Hazrat’s overnight programme on 5/3/16. To listen to the full audio, please click here.