The art of thought control – Dawah Seminar #7

Itkhaf dawah seminar #7

Notes from “knowing the path to Allah & conveying it to others, series 2011″

27th August 2011

Summaries of precious lessons:

1) Belief gives you a new world view. As the beliefs makes a person always return to his origins and faith. That is why beliefs are very important.
- Fiqh (jurisprudence) only tells you what you should and should not do. Belief only has the capability to inspire a person to work either if his beliefs are wrong to commit evil. Or, if his beliefs are good then it will make you do good work.
- Repentance only will be truly accepted by Allah if someone fulfills the conditions then only a person will attain forgiveness. It is not only saying o Allah forgive me. – Mujahadah Is the essence which enables a person to put into practice.

The Art of thought control

There are 4 types of thoughts which a person gets:

1) from Allah
2)from the devil
3) from a angel called ‘mulhim’ – who inspires good thoughts in you. 4) from the person’s own conscious (nafs)

There are 5 types/categories of thoughts from good (halal) to bad (haram) thoughts:
1) good thoughts – halal and recommended thoughts are the thoughts which makes you remember Allah, his beloved, creation which make you ponder on the power and grandeur of Allah, if all this makes a person remember allah and the Hereafter then they are good.

2) thoughts which lead a person to do optional actions. – like preferring others over one’s individual rights.

3) thoughts which are not haram or halal. – for example those which lead a person to become happy ect.

4) thoughts which lead a person to thinking about makruh things.

5) the haram thoughts are things which eventually leads a person to do bad things.

How to control & the art of thought control.

Thoughts consist of 4 parts:

- First part of the thought consist of the subject.
- Second is the predicate (adjective)
- The third is the linking noun.
- Fourth is having firm conviction on your thought.
For example:
“I believe Bashir is a very bad man”.
Here ‘Bashir’ is the subject
‘Very bad’ is the predicate here.
‘Is’, is the linking word (the third aspect)
And your belief that “i believe” is the fourth aspect which makes up your thought.

How to achieve this? – this is done by blocking out the bad thought. Or second option is be doing solitary deeds. (kalwah) however, on Tareeqah Muhammadiyah this is done by using the 30 day sheet concept. E.g
- In the heart, you say o Allah enable me to do something good. Save me from doing something bad. – this initial thought you have, before doing any act will enable you to connect with Allah.

2) Purification of the heart:
Saving your heart from the following 20 states in essential and compulsory for any Muslim:

1) showing off to people by doing acts of worship for other than Allah. (riyah)
- You are not really worshipping Allah. Outwardly you are worshipping Allah, inwardly worshiping yourself.

2) Conceit. Worshiping Allah and thinking I am doing a great thing… Doing a great favour to Allah. When this is not the case, as Allah does not need our good deeds but us. We are the ones who need the good deeds.
- Syyidina ISA (as) said where ever your money is this where your heart will be. So send your money to Allah and your hearts will be there. -

3) having reliance on creation is a big sin. Only Allah is deserving and worthy of being relied on. Respect and honour comes from Allah not goods of the dunya.

4) having arrogance – thinking you have a better standing in the world than the other. This can be for many reasons e.g wealth, looks, status in society etc – greatness is only in taqwa. Not on any other aspects or reasons.

5) jealousy – wishing “why did Allah give something to the other person and not me”. When the thought should be “may Allah give him/her more and me”. 6) malice -
7) anger for other than Allahs sake
8) being um happy with what allah has given him.
8) Rizq. A person should not be to worried as to his/her Rizq. What this means is we should not become to concerned at what and how our Rizq will come. Becoming stressed, depressed etc. – not looking at haram and halal.
9) loving wealth and dunya – the mother of all evils according to many of the awliyah of the past and present. This makes a person become very deluded and astray.
The art of thought control – Dawah Seminar #7.pdf
Servant of Allah.

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