Saturday 19 September 2009

Dont Be Sad: Enough for you is your home

The words ‘isolation’ and ‘seclusion’ have a special meaning in our religion - to stay away from evil and its perpetrators, and to keep those who are foolish at a distance. As a consequence, you will have an opportunity to reflect, to think and to graze in the meadows of enlightenment.

When you isolate yourself from things that divert you from Allah’s obedience, you are giving yourself a dose of medicine, one that doctors of the heart have found to be a most potent cure. By secluding yourself from evil and idleness, your brain is stimulated into action. The results are increases in faith, repentance, and remembrance of Allah.

However, some gatherings are not only recommended, but are necessary: the congregational prayer, circles of learning, and all gatherings wherein good is spread. As for gatherings wherein frivolity and shallowness prevail, be wary of them. Take flight from such gatherings, weep over your wrongdoing, hold your tongue, and be content with the boundaries of your home. By mixing with others based on foolish motives, you endanger the stability and soundness of your mind. This is because those you are mixing with are experts at wasting time, masters of spreading lies, and are accomplished at spreading both trouble and mischief.

"Had they marched out with you, they would have added to you nothing except disorder, and they would have hurried about you in your midst [spreading corruption] and sowing sedition among you..." - [Surah At-Taubah - Ayah 47.]

My sole wish for you is that you fortify yourself to your purpose and isolate yourself in your room, except to speak well or to do well. When you apply this advice, you will find that your heart has returned to you. So use your time well and save your life from being wasted. Hold your tongue from backbiting, free your heart from anxiety, and preserve your ears from profanity.

Source: Don't Be Sad - By Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

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