28 – IARLG – THE WEIGHT OF DECISION AND TRUE WILL; Date: 29th August 2014; 2nd or 3rd Dhu al-Qa’da 1435

Date: 29th August 2014; 2nd/3rd Dhu al-Qa’da 1435;

Source: http://drbeetle.homestead.com/emotion.html

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/presents a Reminder about the weight of decision and true will:

THE WEIGHT OF DECISION AND TRUE WILL

Those who are unable to make the right decision can’t do so because of their desires {emotions and attitudes included} or lack of Hikmah {Knowledge and Wisdom}. If there were no desires and every application of knowledge was correct it would be easy to make the right choices:

Definition of Desires, Emotions {occurs due to blocked desires} and Attiudes {occurs due to overused emotions}:

Desires arise from actual bodily structures. Each organ in the body has a role to play, and has certain needs to make it perform optimally. The stomach needs food, the blood needs oxygen, the inner ear needs balance, and the cerebral cortex needs efficient neural pathways or understandings. When these organs are in need, they send a message to the brain that we interpret as desire. They are not commands, but desires that we can then try to meet in the best way possible.

Emotions on the other hand are generated according to one’s mental state. They arise from ill-defined neural pathways, rather than specific organs, and are therefore harder to study and interpret. The role of emotions is to try and remove any blocks that are inhibiting the fulfillment of one’s fundamental motivators, desire. While desires are inherited, emotions are learned according to one’s understanding of your environment. People use emotions to help them achieve their more basic desires. But what happens when the interaction desire, or other desires such as hunger, meets obstacles/blocks that do not allow their immediate fulfillment? The answer is that the desire converts itself into an emotion. All emotions arise as a method for overcoming block or obstacle to desire. Therefore, if a person or animal can fulfill all of his/her/its desires, he/she/it has no need for emotions. For example the first block to one’s desire may be painful. Then, an early emotion might be anger, which attempts to force past the block. If the block retaliates and cannot be beaten, then the emotion may become fear. If the block cannot be moved and is nothing to fear, but circumstances trap you (which is unusual for a wild animal, as they are usually free to leave), then the emotion can become hate.

If artificial emotions and moods are used excessively, they will become more deeply embedded into the personality as ‘attitude’. Attitudes become your unnatural but usual response, even when there is no real need to use them. A person may become routinely aggressive, grumpy or snobbish, if they failed to resolve their emotions earlier in a direction that favored natural desires or a more sensual personality. Attitudes are not free and wild forms of behavior, but are highly stylized, institutionalized and constrained forms of behavior that people use when they have given up on simpler methods.

Difference between Knowledge and Wisdom in Hikmah:

Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering or learning. WHILE. Wisdom is the ability to make the right decision. Wisdom is the taking of knowledge and applying them appropriately.

The weight of Decision and Free Will as can be seen in Case 1 & 2:

Case 1: The magicians who were defeated by Musa in front of Fir’aun fell down prostrate to Allah after realizing the truth. Fir’aun threatened the magicians with crucifying them but they stayed firm to the truth.

What we can see here is that the magicians gained knowledge after seeing the staff of Musa turn into a real snake which was quite different from their optical illusions. They didn’t just sit on this information they used wisdom and become Muslims. Fir’aun tried to place fear in the magicians’ hearts so that they would not be Muslims; but they overcome Fir’aun’s threats by placing their trust in God. They feared Allah more.

This is the point where the weight of decision and free will is witnessed; they knew that Worshiping Allah was what was supposed to be done; but Fir’aun tried to instill fear into them so that their desire to survive would lead them to shirk again. Iblis was advising Fir’aun even though he thought that these were his own demands. At this point one can say that: to know what is right and choose to ignore it is cowardice.

It is hard for us to determine the magicians’ attitudes but this is not important because in the end one has to follow what is right. It doesn’t matter if they were cowards or brave people before; what matters is that they made the right choice.

Case 2: Yusuf was seduced by his master’s wife {Zulaikha} when she closed the door and no one was around. Yusuf did not abide by her wishes because that would greatly displease Allah. Adultery/fornication is a major sin.

What we can see here is that Yusuf had the knowledge that abiding by Zulaikha’s would displease Allah and he applied his wisdom by seeking refuge with Allah and left resisting her. The fact that Zulaikha tried to seduce Yusuf directly might also indicate all her previous minor attempts were ignored; for a woman to directly seduce a man out straight is most likely very rare if not impossible. Iblis was whispering to her. She was also attractive and was her boss {master’s wife}. All her attempts were to try to draw out the desire men have for woman.

Yusuf knew that fornication was a major sin and was supposed to be avoided. He would have inclined to her desire had he not seen the evidence of his Lord {Allah}. At this point where Hikmah and desires are calling to two opposite directions we once again witness the weight of decision and free will. Yusuf made the right choice by abiding by Allah’s commandments. At this point one can say that: to know what is right and choose to ignore it is impatience.

It should be noted that it necessary for us to seek knowledge and apply it in the best possible way to please Allah. Times will come when we will feel the weight of decision and free will; we should always choose what is right; that means to follow Allah’s commandments no matter what.

And shown him two ways (good and evil)? But he has made no effort to pass on the path that is steep. (Qur’an 90:10-11)

Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god)? And Allah, knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember? (Qur’an 45:23)

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope…..(Qur’an 2:286)

As stated above, if desires didn’t exist it would be easy to make the right choices. The weight of decision and free will can never be experienced if you only have desires or if you only have Hikmah. That is why in the Qur’an mankind (even prophets) are shown to also have desires.  We should try our best to make our desires and knowledge go hand in hand with Allah’s commandments. We shall In Shaa Allah continue with this topic next week and show how to direct our desires and Hikmah in a way which boosts our Imaan {faith}.

28 - IARLG - THE WEIGHT OF DECISION AND TRUE WILL; Date: 29th August 2014; 2nd or 3rd Dhu al-Qa’da 1435 (61 downloads)

 

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