How to Rebuke the Soul from being Lazy
In the last post, I mentioned something about laziness. I’ve been wondering how to get/sustain that drive that I used to have. I was looking through my books to read this morning and chose Imam al-Haddad’s “Two Treatises”. I scanned through the contents and lo & behold, there was this chapter on “How to Rebuke the Soul from Being Lazy in Obedience and Inclined Towards Disobedience”.
Allah speaking to me or what!
So here’s the short chapter. May it be of benefit. If anyone has any other suggestions, do share!
“If you feel, O disciple, that your soul, through laziness and sloth, moves away from submission and good actions, then lead it back by the reins of hope, remind it of what Allah has promised those who obey Him: vast bounty, permanent bliss, grace, and contentment, eternity in the vastness of the Garden, honor, and high rank and eminence accorded by Allah the Exalted and His servants.
If you feel that your soul is leaning toward rebellion or heading for sin, then use the whip of fear to rebuke it. Remind it of that with which Allah has threatened whose who disobey Him: humiliation, calamity, debasement and vengeance, expulsion and deprivation, dejection and loss.
Beware of falling into error of those who strayed and belittled the Garden and the Fire! Magnify what Allah and His Messenger have magnified and act only for the sake of Allah, for He is your Lord and you are His slave. Ask Him to let you enter His Garden and ask His protection from His fire by His grace and mercy.
Should the Devil – may Allah curse him! – tell you that Allah, Transcendent and High is He, neither needs you nor your deeds, that neither your submission will benefit Him, nor your rebellion harm Him, reply to him, “This is true! But I am the one in need of the graces of God and the good deeds. I am the one who benefits by submission and is harmed from disobedience. This is what my Lord has said to me in His Noble Book and on the tongue of His Messenger SAW.” If the devil then says to you, “If, in the knowledge of Allah, you are among the fortunate, you will inevitably end up in the Garden, whether you submit or rebel; and if, in the knowledge of Allah, you are among the wretched, you will end up in the Fire, even if you are obedient!” You must ignore him for the decree is hidden, only God knows and none of creation has anything to do with it. Submission and obedience are the surest proof of good fortune, nothing stands between the obedient and the Garden should he die in a state of obedience. Whereas disobedience is the surest proof of wretchedness, nothing stands between the sinner and the Fire should he die in a state of sin.”