Commentary on the Last Chapter in the Book Al-Murshidu Al-Mu’īn 07

Authored by: Polymath Imām Abū Muhammad Abdulwāhid Ibn 'Āshir Al-Mālikī rahimahullāh


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين وبعد

Assalāmu Alaykum Warahmatullāh Wabarakātuh

Honored Brothers and Sisters on the Platform,

You are welcome to this morning’s session of the Halqah where we shall continue from where we stopped in our Commentary on the Last Chapter of the Book Al-Murshid Al-Mu’īn of the Imām Ibn ‘Āshir Al-Mālikī rahimahullāh

We were still explaining the Line where he said,

يُطَهِّرُ الْقَلْبَ مِنَ الرِّيَاءِ                          وَحَسَدٍ عُجْبٍ وَكُلِّ دَاءِ

وَاعْلَمْ بِأَنَّ أَصْلَ ذِي الآفَاتِ               حُبُّ الرِّيَاسَةِ وَطَرْحُ الآتِي

رَأْسُ الْخَطَايَا هُوَ حُبُّ الْعَاجِلَةْ          لَيْسَ الدَّوَا إِلاَّ فِي الاِضْطِرَارِ لَهْ

_”He purifies the heart from Riyā; and Hasad, Ujub and all Diseases_

_And know that the cause of all other defects; Is the love of leadership and procrastination_

_The Head of all Evils is the love of the temporal and there is no cure except in showing desperation to Him (Allāh)_

And we explained up to Al-Hasad, Envy

We continue today by speaking about Al-‘Ujub

Know, O Brothers and Sisters, that _Al-‘Ujub_ is Self Amazement

It is when a person considers himself as something to be reckoned with and probably sees himself as better than others

There is a difference though between Al-Ujub (Self Amazement) and Al-Kibr (Arrogance) is that Al-Kibr is active, it isn`t he act of showing others that you are better or feeling that you are better whereas ‘Ujub is that self content that you are much better or that you are amazing and carried away by such. Some of the Ulamā mentioned that Al-‘Ujub entails a person over estimating what he knows or thinking or feeling he is above his real and true position

Imām Abdullah bn Al-Mubārak, rahimahullāh, has been recorded in _Tadhkiratu Al-Huffādh_ to have said about _Al-Ujub_:

“To consider yourself as having something which none else besides you has”._

May Allāh protect and safeguards our hearts from that, Āmīn

*Then the Imām referred to the Love of Leadership and referred to it as the Cause of All Defects*

The Noble Companion, Shaddād bn Aws, radiyallāhu ‘anhu, as mentioned in Kitābu Az-Zuhd referred to Love of Leadership as the “Hidden Shahwah”

And about it, Shaykhu Al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah rahimahullāh said:

_”And part of what makes it clear that a person may not be aware of some of his own defects is that, in many people, there could be a deeply rooted love for leadership but he is unaware of it even though he is sincere in His ‘Ibādah but unaware of the defects of his own soul. The Statements of the People (of Knowledge) are so many concerning this. And for this reason it is known as the Hidden Shahwah*_

Majmū’u Al-Fatāwah

And in leadership is nothing but regret and a responsibility that may be a sense of destruction to its bearer.

In the Hadīth that was recorded by Imām Al-Bukhārī rahimahullāh from Abū Hurayrah radiyallāhu anhu, the Rasūl salallāhu alayhi wasallam said:

إنكم ستحرصون على الإمارة وستكون ندامة يوم القيامة فنعم المرضعة وبئست الفاطمة

“You will covet for getting a position of authority, but remember that it will be a cause of humiliation and remorse on the Day of Resurrection.”_

And as Ibn ‘Āshir said, love of it is a mother of all defects. We seek Allāh’s refuge from that, Āmīn

*Then he referred to Procrastinating* and the killer of time it is

We shall pause here for the Week

We ask Allāh to protect us from all the Diseases of the Heart and grant us the Tawfīq and Sadād to keep our Imām

Bārakallāhu Fīkum

Jazakumullāhu Khayran




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