Date: 10th November 2017; 20th or 21st Safar 1439;
Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP, (http://aljumaareminder.com/), do you know about Al-Shahawati:
WHAT ARE AL-SHAHAWATI AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FOLLOW THEM?
Before we begin let us define what Al-Shahawati is. We would like to define it using (Qur’an 3:14); there might be other views on what Al-Shahawati is but we want to focus on what Allah is telling us about Al-Shahawati.
Beautified for mankind is the love of Al-Shahawati [that which they desire] – from/of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the Mataa’a of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return. (Qur’an 3:14)
What we learn from (Qur’an 3:14) is that there are many things which can fall in the category of Al-Shahawati and Allah informs us what is beautified for mankind from Al-Shahawati are women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses (in our times does the term horsepower ring a bell) and cattle and tilled land. What you will notice from this Ayah is that these things are not Haram and in one way or another Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was involved in all of these Al-Shahawati. He had wives, he had children, he had wealth (but did not prefer to stay with too much of it), he rode a horse, he was a shepherd, he had his own land (his own house) and also guided us via the Sunnah on how to deal with all of these.
Now you might be wondering what is Mataa’a? Mataa’a as taken from Nouman Ali Khan’s summarized notes is that it ‘something you use to get something done but not something you necessarily enjoy’. For example a brush is a Mataa’a because you use it to brush dishes and once you are done with it you need it no more. Allah is indirectly letting us know that all these Al-Shahawati are not the goals but what we need to utilize to help us reach our goal (Allah’s Forgiveness and Pleasure and Paradise). That it is why we need to be very careful and ensure that we love Allah more than anyone or anything else and from there you will realize that through His Permission we need to ensure that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to us than anyone else and more beloved to us than anything else.
Once you love Allah and His Messenger you will realize that all the above Al-Shahawati that have been beautified for mankind are actually gifts that can help you reach higher levels in Paradise if used properly. There are a lot of Ayat from the Qur’an and a lot of Sunnah which prove that all the above when utilized properly can make you reach higher levels in Paradise. But, and this is an important ‘BUT’, only when the Qur’an and Sunnah comes first will you be able to utilize the above Mataa’a to enable you to reach the highest levels of Paradise by Allah’s Permission. Lastly, it is kind of illogical to follow something intangible like Al-Shahawati but people still manage to do so in one way or another; wouldn’t it be better to follow the one who is Approved By Allah?
Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much. (Qur’an 33:21)
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 3:31)
What happens if you only follow Al-Shahawati?
First you will mislead others whether you realize it or not:
Allah wants to accept your repentance, but those who follow Al-Shahawati [passions] want you to digress [into] a great deviation. (Qur’an 4:27)
These people who only follow Al-Shahawati are obviously not considering the Qur’an and Sunnah as their main guide. They may just want to deal with business to get the heaped-up sums of gold and silver or they may be involved in further sin of not just ignoring the Qur’an and Sunnah but also in the way they try to earn, for example by stealing. Others only live for their children. And so much more can be said but either way this is a very dangerous situation to be in. If you are in it; try to get yourself out of it.
Second, you will neglect prayers and will eventually meet evil:
But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and followed Al-Shahawati [desires]; so they are going to meet evil/error – (Qur’an 19:59)
Did these people neglect the prayer first and then they started following Al-Shahawati? Or did these people follow Al-Shahawati first and then started neglecting their prayers? It can be either one of them or both of them for sure.
Verily, those who hope not for their meeting with Us, but are pleased and satisfied with the life of the present world, and those who are heedless of Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), Those, their abode will be the Fire, because of what they used to earn. (Qur’an 10:7-8)
Those who prefer the life of this world instead of the Hereafter, and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah (i.e.Islam) and seek crookedness therein – They are far astray. (Qur’an 14:3)
By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience. (Qur’an 103:1-3)
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