Working Progress of Webmaster Muhammad Sajad Ali www.deenislam.co.uk based on the book 'The Sufi Science of Self-realization'- A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship, and the Six Realities of the Heart by Shaykh Hisham Kabbani and well as other Sufic text!
Seventeen Ruinous Traits - that must be eliminate
Seventeen major sins
Assessing One's Spiritual State! -Muhasabah -Self-Inventory or Self-Auditing or Self-criticism or Self-interrogation
1. Anger –Ghadab – Worst of the 17 traits. Gives non-rational thinking and makes you drunk with rage- thus in a moment of heat (Anger=Heat of Hell) people say things they don’t really mean thus stupid behavior, and even remarks of Kufr or word like Divorce- one can’t listen or think in this state- it will make your blood boil as it is from heat so calm down– it’s a form of Kufr – Poison worse then Cancer which kills the light of Iman and is one of the 3 doors which Shaytan enters the heart and Iman Leaves. Anger is lack of Sabr – Control anger with Silence don’t reply- The hard part is to forgive those who are unjust to you!. La taghtab=Don’t get anger is the Advise given in the Tradition.! The strong one is he that can wrester this anger! –
anger will close the door/ connection to your Shaykh which leads to closing the Noble Prophet peace and blessings be upon! ‘Beware of anger, which begins from madness, and ends with repentance’.
It the Art of War -(2000 years old text) one of the rules is to simply anger you opponent and you will have the advantage over him in battle because he will make an irrational move in anger and thus you can win. This is what Shaytan does to us!
Note: Anger arises Hatred – arises Envy-arises – malice – arises worry – arises depression –arises black magic. Note: look at the dangers an angry intention: the Killer and killed are the same in the fire! Why the victim is also in hell because both had intention to kill! one will be punished one more that the other!
2. Love of this World – Hubb ad-dunya (Materialistic)
‘Love of this world is the root of every sin’ – it gives of a bad smell as this world is nothing but a rotten piece of flesh – either you love this world or the next, if you love this world Jannat is forbidden for you and if you the next world hellfire is forbidden for you! The heart cannot love two things only one so you choose! What confirms you love is which do you do more for, this world or the next?
Cure: remember when you die, you take nothing of this world save the two pieces of cloth that will cover your body! When you purchase anything don’t let it pass from you hand into your heart. This will cause of love of Dunya, everything has a Ajal- Time period before it dies; the cup in the kitchen and your souls too.
3. Malice-Hiqd – Malice means having Ill-will toward others; intention to Harm and destruction.
Love of this world leads to hatred- Malice grows from having lust for what some else has and then moves to hatred so it takes time to build (malice) to get at this stage.
So its Moved by hatred- hatred feeds of Kufr and disobedience which increases forgetfulness in the Heart of Allah’s Wisdom and we thinking we know more (on how to deal with tyrants and harmful people with harm) –
Many people have this trait it can start from hatred towards ones boss at work or as big as even tyrants. Know Allah is testing us or cleansing us with them -don’t hated them but surrender to Allah and don’t fight destiny instead be positive and do dua’s of love. You must replace malice-hatred with kindness
Warning: On the 15th of Shában. Allah looks upon His slaves in this night and forgives those who seek forgiveness and bestows His mercy upon those who pray for mercy but leaves those who have malice (against a Muslim) as they were before, (and does not forgive them unless they free themselves from malice). Also the Idolaters, Those who consume alcohol, Those who disobey their parents, Those who commit murder, Those who sever family ties
Story:-…That one will go paradise:- sayyid Umar wanted to know why, so asked the sahabah who said; ‘Before I sleep I forgive all those who harm me’.
Cure: -look with love to your brother to remove Malice- Don’t have malice for one another;
‘Give gifts to one another, for gifts take away malice’,- tradition
4. Jealously/Envy Hasad :- Jealously/Envy Hasad :- envy burns deeds like fire burns wood – envious ones don’t want happiness for anyone – ‘The envier is the enemy of My blessing’ (Allah). People became jealous of things they don’t have; all is from the blessing of Allah! Thus challenging Allah’s decree! (which of your Lords favours do you deny? Surah Rahman) The Envious ones are only fighting with the Decree of Allah! – and the worst way to destroy is through black magic because of Envy!
Jealousy, envy, hate and deceit stem from the lack of respect, mercy and love for others. A jealous person does not like to see others happy, successful and prosperous. Very often jealousy and envy lead to hate, deceit and violence. The best treatment is to have positive envy by competing with others in acts of goodness and use this as an incentive to achieve more and better.
It is worth noting that the word hasad expressing envy also signifies the evil eye, al-‘Ayn. The belief in its bad effect is primeval and universal. In the Muslim tradition, envy and the evil eye are the same. The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) says that the evil eye can put a camel in the cooking-pot and a boy into the grave. The evil eye can make the animal sicken and die, can put a blight on a crop, make a cow lose her milk, make an accident happen, all because an object has been spitefully and malignantly looked at by someone.
1st sin in Heaven – pride. 1st shortcoming of Adam – Greed in Heaven.- 1st sin on earth Envy that lead to murder
It is said that the effect of envy becomes visible in you before it becomes visible in your enemy. - One of the marks of the envier is that he will flatter someone when he is present, slander him when he is absent and gloat over misfortune when it befalls.
‘Religion is good counsel’-ad-Deenu-naseeha.- so give good advise, the absence of good counsel-advise is indicated by the presence of envy of the favours God has given other Muslims. The origin of such envy is that you find it intolerable that God has granted one of His servants a good thing, whether of religion or of the world.
The envier is enraged at people who do not sin and miserly about what he does not possess. -Beware of exhausting yourself seeking the affection of one who envies you, for he will never accept your gift
Its only good to have jealously for good actions like praying 500 nafil or giving large amounts of Sadaqah and saying I wish I could also these actions; without wish to take that blessing away from them!
Cure:- to eliminate envy is through salaat Najat- this pray is done before Fajr and after the salaam read ‘O my Lord jealousy is consuming my good deeds like fire burns wood , so remove it from me’.
Your Riqz – Death- marriage are written so stop complaining and be content and happy with what others have !
Surah Falaq protective- God Most High said, “Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of Daybreak from the evil of what He has created.” After this, He said, “and from the evil of the envious one when he envies” (113:1,5). So He ended the surah that He made a protection with the mention of envy.
Vanity/Proud- ‘Ujb –proud= feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act, possession, quality, or relationship by which one measures one's stature or self-worth. Being Proud was the sin that Ilbis commit first!
‘Allah loves not the Proud’! -Allah doesn’t look at the Proud- Hellfire is made for the Proud-Proud people don’t taken Shahada- proud people say they are lazy and don’t Pray, salah-pray is the greatness sign of humblest –thus proud-ness cannot accept of being low in any form- its makes one reject advise due to arrogance of thinking themselves to clever.
Vanity is the quality or condition of being vain=Lacking value or substance-useless/worthless
Vanity is excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments-
Conceit is an excessively high opinion of one's own abilities or worth.
vanity creates conceit and arrogances - Proud is someone who is overly convinced of one's own superiority and importance. (but they have none or very little)
Allah says Pride is my Cloak and greatness who ever competes (with Allah) will be throw in hell! Only Allah as only Allah has true and real Value and is important and superior to all (Allahu-akbar- Only Allah is Great)
Beware of pride, for God does not like the proud. Those who humble themselves are raised up by God, and those who are proud are abased by Him.
The Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him, has said: 'The man in whose heart is an atom's weight of pride will not enter the Garden.' And: 'The man who looks at himself with admiration and at others with disdain is proud.' There are signs which distinguish the humble from the proud; that God may separate the vile from the good. Quran
A man inquired about a person who likes to wear beautiful clothes and fine shoes, and he answered: Allah is beautiful and likes beauty. Then he explained pride means rejecting the truth because of self-esteem and looking down on other people.
Signs of humility include a liking for obscurity, a dislike of fame, to accept truth whether it be from a man of high or low birth, to love the poor, associate with them and keep their company, to fulfill the rights people have upon you as completely as you can, thank those of them who fulfill their duties to you, and excuse those who are careless in attending to duty.
Signs of pride include a liking for sitting in the positions of most dignity when in company or in a public gathering, praising oneself, speaking in a pompous manner, openly displaying haughtiness and arrogance, strutting, neglecting the rights your brothers have upon you while at the same time demanding the rights you have upon them.
Sickness of Today’s pride claims are with Asians its I’m this caste and you are that ! which is a sickness of hindus, with arabs; its were arabs! All are equal expect the one with Taqwa- An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and good action (Taqwa). Indeed the best among you is the one with the best character (Taqwa).
‘Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust’ – tradition
6. Bukhl- Miser – stinginess - Bukhl is haraam-the least is not smiling – misers don’t read salawat-Durood–the expression of generosity is saying Sayyduna – lack of dhikr is miserly we give to ego but not to Allah - to remove harm on a road is Sadaqah to ignore harm is stingy - miserliness is sign a person cannot be a leader-chief - they are the enemy of Allah.! - Zakat is waste matter of your wealth, it purifies your wealth you must give it or you’ll be eating filth – defecation)- hoarding wealth is fear of poverty! – stinginess – hoarding leads to Greed the next disease! The opposite is that Saints take sins and give barakah. Were as the most stingy ones prevent attaining Allah’s mercy!
They get double punishment one in dunya by depriving them selves, they don’t benefit from their wealth and two in akhira, they are punished.! Bukhl is considered low in Islam as karam-(generosity-noble) is one of the highest qualities.
There are two aspects to bukhl one is for shari'ah-Law - refusal to give what is necessary that is Zakat and support of one's dependants-( a man who is not giving support for his wife and children because men are maintainers and caretakers of women and children) and similar rights due to others, such as relieving one in distress.) “In their wealth there's a haqq (right) to the beggar and to the one who doesn't have money so his needs are taken care of." The miser is the one who does not take care of people even though he is able to do so.
The second is muru’ah =means virtuous merit and lack of this is Bukhl and this doesn’t concern shariah or is haraam its more to do with behaviour!
muru’ah-virtuous character:-is not giving people a hard time over some small matter or abandoning nitpicking over trivialities and insignificant matters. And avoiding matters is even more important towards ones neighbour, relative, or when hosting guests.
Not having bukhl by standards of muru’ah -virtuous merit; has to do with not constricting people or making matters difficult for them. And who fulfils his obligations by spending from the least of what he possesses.
Some examples are purchasing a cheap funeral shroud and haggling over the price is inappropriate because the funeral shroud should remind you of death. Or buying a sacrificial animal or purchasing something one wants to donate to the needy.
It could be someone owes you £5.00 are you really in need of that? Couldn’t you just waive that small debt! Are you in need money. you have a right to that money by shari'a, but by muru'ah, such an attitude is despicable. and refraining from such an attitude is even more important when dealing with a neighbour or a relative.
And when sacrificing an animal for Allah, you should want to get a good animal and not say, "No, no; that’s too much." And try to look for bargains! And when you wish to donate to the needy (sadaqah), you should desire to give something that is good and not cheap as this is a miserly act (weather your buying or giving)! Ask yourself who are you doing this for and why are you giving all your cheap bargains as an offering to Allah! Again this is not haraam but in lacks in virtue of Merit!
Similarly, if you are hosting a guest, and your guest spills something on the carpet, you should not say, "Can't you watch yourself a little bit? No you should try to keep them from feeling bad, saying such things as, "Don't worry about it. I love tea on my carpet. The point is that you don’t show more concern for you carpet than for your guest. Simply ‘not crying over split milk’ ! remember it was written that way in destiny for that to spill or tea cup break! No one must think ah think cup of tea wasn’t write for me maybe the next is for is in my destiny!
Furthermore, it is even worse to lack virtuous merit if you are wealthy because a wealthy person should have a type of generosity that allows one to say, "don't worry about it" to others.
Look at Hatim Tai – he was know as the generous one
The Cause of Miserliness is love of the world, if you did not love it, then giving it up would be easy and generosity is a consequence of zuhd-doing without so give it up! The disease of hubb ad-dunya (love of the world) is treated as you treat bukhl. The two diseases are related as we have already see.
In order to cure oneself of the disease of miserliness, one must force oneself to be generous and liberal, even if such generosity be completely artificial; and this must be continued until generosity becomes one's second nature.
7. Greed for Wealth –Tama’ – Avarice - Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves. Having no limit to what one hoards of possessions!
8. Jubn –Coward – A coward runs from difficult situations- they are weak and fooling themselves with no back bone –be brave against our 4 enemies dunya, nafs, hawa & shaytan -today people are cowards in giving sadaqah-its cowardice that makes us love dunya which is easy we don’t fight but rather run! The path of tariqah is covered in many difficulties which must be fought with patience and determination in the face of 4 enemies. It is through this that a person character is built!
9. Indolence-Batala -Habitual laziness - inactivity resulting from a dislike of (Tariqah) work -Procrastination is the thief of time (and the thief is Shaytan)- it tells you nafs its painful, overwhelming, difficult, tedious, uncomfortable, boring, unenjoyable; and if made into a habit makes you stressful and ill. ‘I dislike a man who is useless’…- tradition. Work for Allah not for Shaytan. Its leaving employment in the path of Tariqah! Many people are today busy inviting people to dhikr gathers, why is it left to only one or two people in the community to organise activities. Ask yourself what work can I do now and get involved, you need to by a servant offering your service and quickly running towards prompt Tariqah! How else do you think you’ll get a promotion in this job, a spiritual pay rise of secrets and barakah!
10. Arrogance-Kibr- is regarding yourself higher than others – iblis didn’t do sajdah due to kibr- Allah curses the arrogant proud ones – they don’t sit with people of lower class and only want to be seen with the higher society this can seen with some brothers that only want to be seen with Shaykhs and stop others doing so! - like big titles they want to masters (leaders) not salves -generates denial –they don’t accept ideas, suggestions, opinions- common beliefs or common concerns from others- in state of rejection- no respect for anyone- the Arrogant ones to strut about!
Do no think you are something you are nothing and you must say this to yourself every time, else your ego will kid you think are special and big like a shaykh or ‘ilm no say I’m a slave and this is the highest one can be! It blinds them to see anyone above them as they see themselves the highest, the best, the cleverest most beauty and so no!
Arrogance/Pride in ankle-length refers to those who wear the bottoms of their trousers cut short or long and strut with pride! The sin does not consist in the length of the cloth but in the hidden pride it fosters! Because in the old days it was a fashion or vogue of that time!
Cure :- Stop and think maybe I’m wrong maybe some can give me some advise with this task/matter and humble yourself. Remember fasting is a humbling experience of the stomach, zakah and sadaqah should remind you maybe one day you may be in need. The sajdah should remind you that you’re only a salve and the highest and noblest part of your body bows and goes down into prostration thus lowering yourself to the lowest part the floor so being in surrender!
11.Showing off –Riya’ – Ostentation –acts are invalid if they have rjya’ in them- it’s a form of hidden Shirk as they worshipping themselves and not Allah (like I gave this cure & I gave that money) – show offs are proud they want to be see and known by all, they like public plaques– they forget it their talent & money came by Allah’s power!
12.Attachment – Hirs – attachment refers to love of the world – such anxiety for wealth and long life
13.Superiority –Adhama – claming greatness – satan claimed it – its cure sajdah to humble oneself Allahuakbar (Allah is great) - thinking your better (because you do ibaadah) than even drunkard or a sinner is Adhama!
14.Heedlessness-Ghawaba wal -kasala – if laziness is killed so too is heedless’ heedless is careless- laziness is inner self & heedless outer body- No care for anyone even if he can help and stop fitna because action is involved.
15 Anxiety –Hamm - Worry develops from Heedless- understand Allah is Razzaq the provider so stop worrying! And submit and be content with Allah. Worry will then lead to depression! So work and make an effort in Deen and Dunya! – thoughtless/careless of Islam and the next world will only lead to excessive worry which will lead to depression. So people to submit and have a very high opinion of Allah Mercy and generosity! Submit your worries to the one that like hear complaints Allah!
16 depression –Ghamm – Allah created ease and comfort in contentment and certainly and depression - and fear in doubt and discontent- time feels longer – goes into veins & heart – prefers loneliness –sleep all day & find pointless things to pass time at night. Do not waste share time and good health!
17:- To eliminate the16 bad traits = makes it easy to avoid indulging in the 800 forbidden acts (477 Big Ones ) Also -There are 500 acts we are ordered to do and 800 forbidden acts not to do.
Dua’s "O Allah, I seek refuge in you from disability and laziness; from cowardice and avarice; from decrepitude and harshness; from negligence and impoverishment, from lowness and humiliation. And I seek refuge in You from poverty and disbelief; from sinfulness, disunity and hypocrisy; from notability and Riya (showing off)..." (Ahmad, Maalik, Bazaar, Haithami and Ibn Abd al-Barr authenticated it)
The Major Sins by Shaykh Ahmad Hendricks - seventeen major sins
It is crucial for a Muslim to have some understanding of the major (kaba'ir) and minor (sagha'ir) sins, what the major sins are, the difference between these two categories of sin and how ultimately to avoid them. A related question, which we will leave for a later discussion, is the reasons why people fall into sin in the first place. The quality and level of our spiritual life fundamentally depend on that knowledge.
An important point to bear in mind is that according to the Quran our minor sins will not be forgiven until and unless we refrain from the major ones. "If you refrain from the kaba'ir (major sins) you have been prohibited from, We will expiate your sayyi'aat (minor sins) and place you in the Jannah." [Surah al-Nisaa, v.31]. The Nabi, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, clarified the intention of this verse when he said," The five daily prayers (salah) expiate whatever has been committed between them if the kaba'ir (major sins) are avoided". If we perform our daily salah one of the consequences is that our minor sins are forgiven on condition that we also refrain from the major sins. The hadith also implies that the solution to the major sins is repentance, and in some cases punishment (hadd), not the performance of five pillars of Islam. The major sins in fact nullify the ‘ibadah one may be doing. This is indicated in the verse, "O you who believe obey Allah and obey His Rasul and do not nullify your actions" [Surah Muhammad, v.33]. In other words do not nullify your good deeds by committing any of the major sins.
So the question is what then are the major sins?
Scholars have differed on the subject from the time of the Sahabah, may Allah be pleased with all of them. A very interesting opinion was expressed by Abdallah ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him. He was asked about the meaning of verse 31 of Surah al-Nisaa, and he replied, "Read from the beginning of this Surah up to verse 31 then consider all the things Allah prohibits in those verses, major sins." He consequently believed there were only four major sins. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said there are seven major sins. He based his judgement on the well-known hadith of the al-saba'ah al-mubiqat (the seven grave sins). Abdallah ibn "Amr may Allah be pleased with him, believed there where nine. Other early scholars preferred to define it as every sin that incurs a punishment (hadd). The minor sins they say are more like faults, an inadvertence and shortcomings which are neither punishable nor is there a promise of hell fire for the one who is guilty of them. And finally Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with, according to certain reports, said the major sins are hidden and their number unknown like laylah al-qadr and the blessed hour of jumu'ah.
Given all of these differences and the fact that knowledge of the major sins are crucial to the spiritual well-being of every Muslim later scholars decided to combine all of these views and opinions.
The result of this process is summarised by Abu Talib Makki in the listing he provides. [Qut al-Qulub, pg. 365 - 7, vol. 3]. He says " As to my own position in this matter after combining the different opinions is that the major sins are seventeen:
Four of the heart;
1 idolatary (shirk),
2. persistent transgression (israr),
3. loosing hope in the Mercy of Allah (qunut),
4. and to feel secure from the Divine Cunning (amn min makr Allah),
Four of the tongue;
5. bearing false witness (shahadah al-zur),
6. defaming a woman of good standing (qadhf al muhsan),
7. oaths that undermine justice (al-yamin al ghamus),
8. sorcery and black magic (sihr), this includes all the actions and words used to change the perceptions, bewitch, beguile and harm other human beings.
Three of the stomach;
9. drinking of wine and all kinds of intoxicants,
10. unjustly eating the wealth of orphans,
11. and consuming riba,
Two of the private parts;
12. fornication (zina),
13. and anal sex (liwat),
Two sins of the hand;
15. and stealing,
One of the feet;
16. running away from the battlefield when confronted by the enemy of the Muslims,
One of the entire body;
17. disrepect for one’s parents."
Assessing One's Spiritual State!
Muhasabah -Self-Inventory or Self-Auditing or Self-criticism or Self-interrogation
Assessing One's Spiritual State
Should a man wish to know whether he is rising or falling in religious terms, he should look at how his state and conduct had been a month or a year ago. If he finds that they were better than his present state and conduct, he should know that he is descending into degradation; whereas if he finds that his present state and conduct are better, he should know that he is rising and improving..
And "he who finds that his day resembles the previous day has been cheated, and he who finds that his day is worse that the previous day is accursed." Accursed here means remote from a particular and specially accorded to mercy. He who is not increasing is diminishing... Imam Hadadd
So how can this be done in the Modern Day to Asses ones Spiritual state for Progress.? The tradition of 'Die before you die'! The 1st Die is referring to the Ego, meaning kill it! Before you actually Die! As when you dies its too late, purging and cleaning the Ego-Nafs in this World is less painless and is done with Water and Ibadah, but cleaning the ego in the next world is only done with the Fire.!
What ever we think we can try to Escape in this world, but we will have to Pay for in the Next. Think about it, even a penny or cent that wasn't given its Haqq-Right like giving Zakah or Sadaqah, will have be paid for.!
Moving to the Topic of Self-Auditing ourselves. So many have heard of 'Die before you die' well there is another that goes to the effect of 'Account yourselves before you accounted! Why because you will accounted on the Day of Qaywmul-hisab - The days of Accounts or Reckoning.
It is recorded by Muhyiddin Ibn al-'Arabi, that during the early centuries of Islam, righteous people would either write down or memorize their daily actions, thoughts, and words, and then analyze and criticize themselves for any evil or sin they had committed.
They did this to protect themselves from the storms of vanity and the whirls of self-pride. They would ask God's forgiveness after this self-analysis, and would repent sincerely so that they might be protected against future error and deviation. Then they would prostrate in thankfulness to God for the meritorious deeds or words that the Almighty had created through them
It is necessary for an individual to pause at the end of each day that has passed, in order to check himself and run through his achievements:
What has he done in the course of the day?
Why has he done it.?
What has he omitted?
Why has he omitted it?
How excellent it would be if this self-criticism were to take place before one retired to bed.
This period of self-criticism and appraisal should certainly be counted among man's moments of progress;
it is a moment when man impartially sits as a judge over himself and reviews his yearnings and inclinations, his instincts and motivations. It is a moment when the believer appoints, out of his conviction, a policeman to watch over himself, an investigator to probe him, and a judge to condemn or acquit him.
In this way he progresses from the state of "the soul that incites to evil" to the state of "the self- reproaching soul" which reproaches its owner whenever he plunges into sin, or falls short of expectation
Tradition "Its necessary any sane person to have four periods of time" and one of the four periods is "a period in which he engages in self-criticism."
Self-criticism may also be described as seeking and discovering one's inner and spiritual depth, and exerting the necessary spiritual and intellectual effort to acquire true human values and to develop the sentiments that encourage and nourish them. This is how one distinguishes between good and bad, beneficial and harmful, and how one maintains an upright heart. Furthermore, it enables a believer to evaluate the present and prepare for the future. Again, self-criticism enables a believer to make amends for past mistakes and be absolved in the sight of God, for it provides a constant realization of self-renewal in one's inner world.
So in the Modern World Today, as Shaykh lbn 'Arabi has said to write them down. which is simply to keep a Diary.
Auditing (Muhasbah) from Shaykh Hisham Kabbani
O People who Believe! Fear Allah, and every soul must see what it has sent ahead for tomorrow; and fear Allah; indeed Allah is Aware of your deeds. Qur’an 59:18
This verse shows that the soul, not the body, has to pr provision for the next life. That is why you must begin keel track of all your negative issues. This can only be done by taking up the weapon of the pen against your enemy, the ego.
How do you audit yourself?
Umar ibn al-Khattab,said: Judge yourselves before you are judged; and weigh your actions in the balance before they are weighed; When you are brought to account tomorrow, it will be much easier for you if you have already brought yourself to account today…
This step involves auditing yourself by keeping a journal your deeds, much as the Recording Angels are doing. Once you begin noting down the wrong actions that you do throughout the day, you will end up with a journal full of negative issues.
Those who do not take account cannot repent. How do they know they have done something wrong? When you audit yourself, you will see your wrongdoing. Anyone who fails to stop his wrong action is an oppressor, a tyrant.
Of course everyone is doing wrong, but only those who fail to repent are oppressors. Do not just say at the end of the day, "O God, I committed many mistakes today, forgive me." Rather you must write them down and repent for each mistake in turn.
Analysing your Auditing
Then turn the page for the next day. The next day you make mistakes, and you write them down. Then you correlate them to see if they are new ones or the same. In this way, you enter a period of self-discovery, identifying all kinds of bad manners and harmful traits that you never actually realized that you had.
These bad characteristics thereby become known to you, and so you must repent from them. God will remove the ones who do so from the "list of oppressors."
Continue to record your bad characteristics and bad manners every day. In three to six months, you will have found 200 to 300 bad characteristics. When you eliminate these, you will be ready to receive the manifestations that come to someone titled "disciple."
After you decide to repent, and you begin to audit yourself and observer your base desires, your real journey begins. In your audit, you will discover what you have done wrong.
Then you must repent from your bad actions and vices. Write down every forbidden act you have committed and decide for yourself whether you will do that act again, or move forward and improve.
Formula for balancing the self: Most of us go into Maintenance Mode –which is, we’ll do bad actions and then ask for Forgiveness, which is ok but no spiritual progress. This means we have a stagnated spiritual state and in this mode and have No increase.
What’s needed by progress isn’t Maintenance Mode but finding remedies- cures- resolutions to our sickness. And this can only de done by Analyzing with self-Auditing to move towards Real spiritual progress rather retrogression-process deteriorating or declining were many of us seem to end up. There are some reasons, like the times we live in, the food we eat, as for the food. (Briefly cover the food we eat)
Illicit (Haraam- Bad actions /sinful/forbidden actions ) and Suspect Food
Haram consumption includes; 1.Stomach-Food, 2.Tongue-Backbiting, lying (20 sins of Tongue), 3.Ears-Music (not all haram music which contains lyrics to promote sins), 4. Eyes-gazing (lustful looks). And there are only 7 ways the heart can be effected by haraam 4 have been mentioned. Bad actions or falling into forbidden actions block-veil-darken the heart-which darkens the light of Iman-Belief, so blocking heavenly spiritual power and energy which is needed to travel into the heart
Stomach the house of all physical illness;
Heart the house of all spiritual illness;
And the cure diet –fasting , diet the ego – fasting all limbs and organs.
Nafs/ ego loves more so give the opposite fast from all desires. How the Body needs food which is physical so does the Soul need food of dhikr which is spiritual.
Formula for balancing the self:
Nafilah (extras) with Love
-------------------------- = Spiritual Progress
Muhasbah- self Auditing
So the formula must have Love and Muhasbah- self Auditing in order for real grow or progress otherwise your just like a robot doing mechanical actions!
Blocking/ veiling Spiritual growth/ process this happens with the consume Haram food you eat; Stomach House of all Illness Heart House of all Spiritual Illness The cure Fasting-diet the Ego/Nafs. Nafs Loves more give opposite fast from desires.
Eat with Wara’ – rigorously Investigating the food source, staying in Golden mean! Don’t over do it!
Ibadaah worship is Rizq for Soul; Halal Food linked or allows one good Actions. However Sins are Poison for Soul; Haram food linked is to Bad Actions/thoughts which will only block Spiritual connection mixing and making no difference with waas-waas & inspirations-ilham. Shame-Haya’ is taken away with Haram food.
Know that your Ibadaah is invalid for 40 days, for this is the time it takes for it to leave the body and in that time you will lose control of your thoughts and even actions and this is the reason some food is haraam. Know that eating pig will take away your Ghayra-Jealously for your women (thus Zina will increase) and will make you shameless, and there is a saying if you have no haya’ shame do as you like! And remember And you are what you eat!
So wrong food will not only block Spiritual growth or process but will confuse your thoughts and trying to do Muraqabah the Science of Sufi Meditation or technique to meditate requires, concentrations and contemplation of the Shaykh so that inspirations and connection is made.! Because picturing or drawing the shakh (Naqsh) in to heart becomes difficult as you’ll drowning in haraam thoughts and then trying to lock him in ( Band) thus Naqsh is drawing/picture and band-Lock or closing that thought of the Shaykh will beover ride with desires and sickness so lose concentrations and contemplation which Muraqabah is all about! People take their beads and make remembrance of God, dhikr . However, the correct way is not to do dhikr first. The correct way is to eliminate your mistakes first. To recite " Allah, Allah" 5,000 times may take fifteen minutes.
To recite "La ilaha ill Allah" 1,000 times may take seven minutes. Such practices are simple, but what is truly difficult is to prevent yourself from looking at what is forbidden. Shaykh ‘Abd Allah Daghastani said that if you see something wrong once, it is not written against you; however, the second look is forbidden. If you see something wrong, look away and say, "O my Lord, that is prohibited."
This is far better than doing 500 obligations. Leaving one forbidden thing is more valuable to God because it is stepping on your ego and leaving a sin for His sake. It is very difficult to leave something that you desire, that the ego wants, yet this is what we need to do.
Do not leave dhikr; but also work every day to eliminate your sins. For each one that you have counted, you have to say, Astaghfirullah-I repent and I am not going to repeat that sin."
That is the level of auditing. That is the level of reaching the point where every soul must check what it has provided for its future. Imam Qushayri noted, 800 forbidden acts. There are 500 acts we are ordered to do and 800 forbidden acts not to do.
The 17th Bad Character traits :-Of the 800 forbidden acts – 477 are grave ones, and if a can eliminate the 16 Bad Characterizes, it becomes easy to avoid indulging in remaining forbidden acts.
Niyyah- Intention and Adaab - Good Manners The main two wisdoms one must learn is :-
Niyyah- Intention- we will be judged by our Intentions not actions! As actions are by Intentions
Adaab - Good Manners - The heaviest Deeds on the scales will be our Manners.
Who ever understands these two points will be able to travel on the path very quickly!
Working Progress of Muhammad Sajad Ali www.deenislam.co.uk