Keeping your heart clean

Anas ibn Malik رضي الله عنه narrates that
Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said to me:
 “Young boy! If you can keep your heart, morning and evening, devoid of deceit and ill-will towards anyone, then do so.” 
Then Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said to me:
 “Young boy! And this is my Sunnah, and he, who revives my Sunnah, has indeed loved me; and he who loves me will be with me in Jannah.” 
(Tirmidhi)

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  1. *Consequences of eating out and chatting with friends until late hours of the night*

    Today our youth have become addicted to going out with friends every weekend and staying out until late eating, chatting, watching movies and the like, sometimes even intermingling of men and women takes place which is prohibited in Islam. Yet it has become a norm in our societies.

    Elders of the community are quiet about it. They consider it to be a good way of socialising, thus they allow the youth to have such outings each weekend, not realising it is one of the ways that corrupts the heart. Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullaah said:

    ”Too much socializing, wishing for things, attachment to others besides Allaah, filling one’s stomach and sleep; these five affairs are amongst the greatest corrupters of the heart.’’

    [Uddatus Saabireen: 197]

    Hence, it is incumbent upon the elders of the society to advise and guide the youth not to waste away precious time in such entertainments even though it’s once or twice a week. Remember every moment counts! As the Arabic proverb states:

    “Indeed time is like a sword; either you strike it, or it will strike you!”

    What the Prophetic Sunnah teaches us regarding chatting after ‘Ishaa Prayers:

    Our Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is the best example and he detested chatting after ‘Ishaa Prayers. Let us learn from the following narrations:

    From Abu Barzah radiy Allaahu ‘anhu:

    The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to hate sleeping before (performing) ‘Ishaa Salaah and chatting after it’.

    [Sahih Bukhaaree 568; Sahih Muslim 647]

    Abdullaah Ibn Mas‘ood radiy Allaahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

    ‘No one should stay awake late at night after performing ‘Ishaa Salaah except a traveler and a praying person’.

    [Musnad Ahmad vol. 1 / pp. 444, 421, 463 and 375, authentic]

    *It should be brought to attention that the above statements of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam do not exclude weekends.*

    According to the aforementioned Ahaadeeth, spending the time after performing ‘Ishaa Salaah in chatting is detested unless for discussing something needful. Imaam An-Nawawee rahimahullaah mentioned in his commentary of the above Hadeeth:

    The speech which serves a good interest is not disliked, such as studying, telling stories of the righteous, speaking to a guest, a man speaking *kindly* to his wife and children, speaking to travellers, speaking to reconcile people, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, guiding people to do good, etc. All these are not disliked.

    [Al-Majmoo’ Sharhul-Muhadhdhab 3/42]

    Wahb bin Munabbih rahimahullaah said: The believer *mixes with others (socialises)* in order to *learn*, keeps quiet to keep safe (from sinning), speaks in order to understand, and secludes himself for the attainment (of good).

    [Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa, Al-‘Uzlah article 99]

    Our Pious Predecessors disliked to talk and chat without purpose after ‘Ishaa prayers:

    Sufyaan Ibn ‘Uyaynah rahimahullaah said: “Having performed ‘Ishaa Salaah, I talked (with my companions) then I thought I should not go to sleep as such. Accordingly, I performed Wudhoo, performed two Rak‘ahs Salaah and asked Allaah ‘Azza wa Jal’s forgiveness. I have not told you this to seek your praise but that you do the same.”

    [Al-Marwazee in Ta‘dheem Qadris Salaat no. 113]

    Al-Qaasim Ibn Abee Ayyoob said: “Sa’eed Ibn Jubayr rahimahullaah used to perform four Rak‘ah Salaah after performing ‘Ishaa Salaah. Then when I speak to him while being with him at home he would never talk back to me.”

    [Al-Marwazee in Ta‘dheem Qadris Salaat no. 114]

    Khaythamah said: “They (i.e. the Sahaabah) preferred that one goes to sleep immediately after doing Witr Salaah.”

    [Al-Marwazee in Qiyaamul Layl pg. 102; Ta‘dheem Qadris Salaat no. 115]

    Consequently returning home after ‘Ishaa prayers can be more productive and can protect one from sins as it is mentioned that one of the Salafs, Taawoos Ibn Kaysaan rahimahullaah said:

    ‘What an excellent cell/hermitage is the home of a man; he restrains in it his sight and his tongue.’

    [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa Ibn Taymiyyah, Vol. 10, Pg. 426]

    Similarly, sleeping early to wake up for Qiyaamul-Layl (Tahajjud) or performing beneficial acts such as reciting Qur’aan, reading from the books of tafseer/hadeeth/seerah, etc. with one’s wife and children or helping them can bring one closer to Allaah, for speech or acts that lead to goodness is not discouraged as it has been explained by Imaam An-Nawawee rahimahullaah (see above).

    It is therefore important to be mindful and keep *away* from friends who waste away time in leisure and ammusement and keep us from ‘ibaadah, lest it becomes a means of regret on the Day of Resurrection.

    Allaah Ta’aalaa’s words are clear:

    “And (remember) the Day when the wrong-doer will bite at his hands, he will say: ‘Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger (Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur’aan) after it had come to me. And Shaytaan is ever a deserter to man in the hour of need.

    And the Messenger (Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) will say: ‘O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’aan (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and orders).'”

    [Surah Al-Furqaan, 25: 27 – 30]

    May Allaah guide us towards His Pleasure. ________________________________

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