THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
ENTHUSIASM AND METHOD
We are people of the Aakhirah. In our knowledge, preference is given to the Aakhirah. In the knowledge of the world, the Aakhirah is not given preference; the world is given preference. We are people of the Aakhirah. If our Aakhirah is spoilt, then we shall hit our world because Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم) taught us the way. He has not made us enthusiastic, people with enthusiasm also practice, and people who have a way also practice. He has not made us enthusiastic, but he has made us people who have a path. If a person has enthusiasm, then it is not Deen, what is the proof for it?
AN EXAMPLE OF BEING ENTHUSIASTIC
The proof is that of the three Sahabah (Radiallahu Anhu) who asked regarding the practices of Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم) from his wives. Then they decided that I shall fast and I shall not marry and one decided that I shall not rest at night.
The scholars say that there was no doubt in their sincerity, otherwise, who are like them in the ummah today? They were sincere. They would have spent their entire lives in sincere worship. There is no doubt about their sincerity. However, was their enthusiasm worthy of acceptance? It was not. You have read the Ahadith. Rasulullah (صلى الله عايه وسالم) said, “Indeed I am the one who has the most fear of Allaah.” You cannot be one who has more fear of Allaah than us that you have made this decision. Then he said, “He who turns away from my Sunnah is not of me.” This is the path. So, fulfilling one’s enthusiasm is one thing and treading the path is something else. Enthusiasm comes from the nature of a person and striving is conditional on the path. A person will strive against his carnal self. He will oppose his desires, so he will remain
Discourses Of Maulana Ibrahim Devla – Volume 1