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The second lesson that Shaykh Hatim rh says that he learnt from his Shaykh — Shaykh Shaqiq rh — is that again he said that I saw humanity, I reflected upon the human condition and I saw that to be human is to desire.
Terjemah Ayyuhal Walad – Imam Ghazali
And then secondly, may Allah swt help us to not just avoid the bad desires, but to actually go deeper and take out those bad desires and bad pleasures. Second Lesson I learnt that to be human is to desire.
It is interesting how even in the West and all over the world in general, Humanities is a major area of study. Third Lesson I learnt that to be human is to acquire. Hatim al-Asam was once in the company of his Shaykh, when Shaykh Shaqiq asked him: I learnt that to be human is to Love. Imam Al-Ghazali rh wrote ayyunal letter to one of his students and this student was a graduate from the Madrassa Islamic Institution of Learning that Imam Al-Ghazali was teaching at.
We use that as an excuse to give away nothing. He saw that basically almost everybody was trying to acquire things of the dunya. And, wa ma indallah — that which lies with Allah swt, that which is in the possession and dominion of Allah swt is eternal, it is subsisting, it is never ending. A lot of us give away those things that we are not attached to.
How can I fall in love ayguhal Salah? But he gave away what we call zayed an al-zarurah — that was beyond his needs, as he perceived them to be, he gave them away. He did not give away everything. And also not just to outwardly do good acts, but to try to go deeper and try to make our nafs desire the good acts.
AYYUHAL WALAD by IMAM ABU HAMID AL
Wwalad I was in your company, what I learnt from your company is how to observe humanity. One way in which we could begin to learn and practice this advice is: That is going to be when you enjoy Salah.
And thirdly, may He enable us to be among those people who give away some things, even just a few things, that we viewed always to be ours, may He enable us to give a part of that away in His name ayhuhal for His sake, for the khidmat and benefit of His deen, for the people of His deen, so that we will also be able to feel and respond to the ayah — that everything that is with us is actually going to fade away.
I looked around and saw that everybody was trying to acquire things of the world. Certainly, the later tradition of tasawwuf is a bit more soft on this, and even in the early tradition of tasawwuf you do have mashaikh who, in terms of their own lives and in their teachings, were quite well off. Sooner or later the nafs is going to overcome us.
As opposed to praying like most of us do it: That is called dhikr; by feeling Allah swt outside our prayer. The first way, then, for us, is to try to do amal on this advice that we need to focus on our salah. Sooner or later we are going to slip. A person will be able to enjoy Salah, when they feel Allah swt in their prayer. So nafs having desires, and human beings wanting to do what their nafs desires, this is actually the aspect and attribute of Jannah. Not just to give away the extra money, not just to give something that we view as extra.
I learnt that to be human is to acquire. To be human is to strive, to be human is to acquire, to be human is to achieve, to be human is to attain. This is something that we have to learn, but we can learn it gradually — like a piece-meal: This whole world, every single thing that people have, is going to come to nothing when they pass away, and certainly when the world ends itself.