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Imaam Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalaani – rahimahullaah – said:

It is reported from Qutbah Ibn Maalik radiyallaahu anhu- who said:

The Messenger of Allah -salallaahu alayhi wasallam used to say:

“O Allah, I seek refuge in you from evil morals, deeds, passions and diseases.”

Transmitted and recorded by Imaam At-Tirmidhi in his “Sunan”#3591. Al-Hakim graded it as Sahih and it is his version.

And also Imaam Al Albani declared the hadith to be Sahih in “Sahihul Jami’a” #1298.


The hadith shows the importance of the following:

1. It indicates that one should seek refuge in Allah from evil deeds and morals. Verily, Allah turns the heart the way he wishes. Every good deeds that we are able to do in this world is because of his infinite mercy who has given us the opportunity to do it. There are many people out there who cannot differentiate the right act from the wrong.

They are directed in accordance with their desires and whims. And we should know that the effects of evil deeds hurt the heart and body in the worldly life and hereafter too. A great hurt none knows its severity but Allah. Therefore, the prudent Muslim should escape the sins and evil deeds and get away from them. Dear Muslims! Fear Allah in public and private, seek for the pleasure of the Last Day and do not follow the path of the mischief-makers. Know that every thing has its beginning and end. Be also aware that you are now in the abode of trails and that your final destination is either Paradise of Hell.

2. It shows one should hasten to seek refuge in Allah from passions or desires. Passion and whims are similar in cause and effect; whims have to do with uncertainty in matters of religion while passion has to do with satisfying ones lustful desires.

The true Muslim is the one who aims for lofty goals and strives to free himself from the shackles of lustful desires in search of salvation. His only concern is the hereafter and he always prepares himself for that day with righteous deeds.

A believer should not be entrapped by temptation, disgracing passion and misleading whims for that is the greatest calamity that can befall a Muslim. When it befalls a heart it destroys it, and when it befalls a society it ruins it. Brothers in imaan! The greatest Jihaad is to wage war against one’s whims and passion, because following one’s passion leads to calamity and destruction.

Sheikhul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah said:

“Waging war against one’s soul and passion is the basis for Jihaad against the Kuffaar and hypocrites for one cannot be able to fight them until he fights with his own soul and passion first.

Whoever is able to subdue his whims and passions shall have glory and prevail and whoever his passion subdue shall have disgrace and destruction.” For this reason, we must be ready to sacrifice our dunya for the hereafter and that is the real jihad if really we want to attain salvation on the day of judgement. And when one always rush towards preparing for the hereafter, the dunya will surely come to his doorstep with the help of Allah. But if anyone prefer this worldly life, he will be left with his affairs and he will loose both this dunya and the hereafter.

3. Lastly, it shows that one should pray to Allah and seek his assistance to safeguard one from any form of diseases or sickness be it Insanity, leprosy, hypertension and diabetes etc.

Allaahu A’alam!

Baarakallaahu feekum!


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