The Cost of Selecting Piety

Allah taala has given us the choice. The choice is ours, whether we choose the Right or the Wrong and so are the rewards or consequences.

(وَہَدَیۡنٰہُ النَّجۡدَیۡنِ ۚ ) and showed him the two ways
[Surah Al-Balad 10]

We do wrongs mostly to please the illicit desires of our innerself or our society while shaitaan tries to influence our thought process.

But تقوی or piety is to turn down these illicit desires for the sake of defending or mending our love with Allah تعالی . No matter how extreme the urge is or how much pressure the society exerts, a true lover of Allah does not bow down.

And this might result in shattering of our own illicit desires or a bit of temporary sour taste in relationships with our friends and relatives. My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to quote a couplet

آرزوئیں خون ہو یا حسرتیں پامال ہوں

اب تو اس دل کو ترے قابل بنانا ہے مجھے

I don’t care if my dreams are shattered or my desires are left unfulfilled, I need to prepare my heart and get it tidy for You..

My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Akhtar sb RA used to quote a couplet of Maulana Roomi RA

جمادے چند دادم جاں فریدم

بحمدالله عجب ارزاں خریدم

I just threw some pebbles and look Alhamdolillah I found my Love so easily.

But even the feeling of deprivation of pebbles fades away as soon as the heart starts experiencing the countless blessings bestowed by the Lord as compensation. The person starts feeling the حلاوت ایمانی , the sweetness of Imaan, which gives him/ her the courage and passion to choose the right path in all subsequent eventualities of life.

May Allah swt give us strength to choose His path at every crossroad in our life. Ameen

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