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Disciplining the Soul
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 Disciplining The Soul
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Ibn Al-Jawzi
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The Virtue of the Mind – DISCIPLINING THE SOUL

PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERED REGARDING the essence of the mind and its location, subsequently this subject has been extensively discussed. In addition, many Hadiths have been narrated establishing the excellence of the mind. Some of which I have already mentioned in my book “Dispraise of Desires”, therefore I will not repeat them here rather I will men­tion a selection:

The excellence of a thing is known by its fruits, and from among the fruits of the mind is knowing the Creator, may He be exalted. For the mind has contemplated the proofs [of the existence of the Creator] until it knew Him, and has contemplated the proofs of the truthfulness of the Prophets until it recognized their truth­fulness.

The mind has encouraged obedience to Allah and to His messengers. It has schemed to get all that is difficult to obtain, and it tamed the animals. It taught man to build ships on which he reached what the sea had prevented men from reaching, and tricked the birds of the sea until they were hunted. All of this while man’s eyes observe the consequences and work in accordance with safety and need.

Furthermore, it taught man to relinquish the life of this world for the hereafter. Because of it, human beings have excel­lence over animals that have been prevented from having it (the mind), and it is what qualifies man for the speech of Allah and His commandments. With it, man reaches the highest ranks that his kind can reach from the good of this world and the hereafter, in, both knowledge and actions.

These virtues suffice the need to delve into detail.

Dispraise of Hawa (desires)

HAWA IS THE INCLINATION OF one’s nature to what suits it and that should not be criticized when what is sought after is lawful. However, it should be dispraised when one is excessive in following Hawa. That said, when Hawa is criticized in an absolute manner, it is because most of it is either impermissible, or because people usually interpret lawfulness, and hence indulge in it in excess.

Know that part of the inner self is intellectual, the virtue of which is wisdom, the vice of which is ignorance, part of it is elicited, the virtue of which is poignancy, the vice of which is cowardice, part of it is lustful, the virtue of which is chastity and the vice of which is unrestrained Hawa. Exhibiting patience in the face of vice is a merit of the inner self by which a person endures both goodness and evil.

Therefore, whoever lacks pa­tience and allows his Hawii to lead his mind has then made the follower be followed and the led a leader. That said, it is expected that everything he desires will return to him and that he will be harmed from where he expected to benefit, he will be saddened by that which he expected happiness to come from.

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