How Evil Doing Always Disconcerts The Heart
Goodness will always bring peace and serene to man’s soul, and contrary, evil doing will always disconcert it. That is the reality happened to most of the people.
From the grandson of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-, Al Hasan Ibn ‘Ali, (he said that) the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “Leave whatever doubt you to what that doesn’t doubt you. Indeed, honesty brings more peace to the soul, whereas lie (cheat) will disconcert it. “ (Narrated by Tirmidhi in hadith no. 2518, and Ahmad no 1/200, the status is sahih). In another saying it was mentioned as, “Goodness always bring peace, whereas evil doing always bring discontent.” (Narrated by Al Hakim, 2/51, the status is sahih).
In another hadith, from Nawas Ibn Sam’an, the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “Goodness is by having noble manners and attitudes. Whereas evil doing (sin) is something that disconcerts the soul. When it is done, certainly you wouldn’t like it to be exposed among people.” (Narrated by Muslim, in hadith no. 2553). An Nawawi -may Allah have mercy on him- explained the hadith by saying, “Sin always disconcert the soul and drive away peace from it. The soul will be restless and always afraid of the sin.” (“Sharh Muslim”, 16/111).
Even if one was confused about it, the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- ordered him to ask for consideration of his heart; whether or not it included in sin or not. It happened when one’s heart was despondent, and had not yet found the exact law of an affair; whether it was a sin or not. The Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- once advised his companion named Wabisha, “Ask about the fatwa to your soul. Ask about the fatwa to your heart (he said it thrice). Goodness is something soothing for the heart and bring peace to it. Whereas evil (sin) will always disconcert the heart and trouble it.” (Narrated by Ad Darimi in hadith no.2/320 and Ahmad, 4/228, the status is hasan lighairi).
Ibn Rajab al Hanbali -may Allah have mercy on him- explained, “The hadith of Wabisha and what Resembles it showed us to always counsel our heart whenever we are in doubt of something. If the heart and soul is at ease, then it is a goodness, and a lawful one. But if the heart is restless, then it is among the sins or unlawful ones. “(See: “Jaami’ul ‘Ulum wal Hikam”, page 304). Remember that the hadith of Wabisha should be used in deciding an affair of which the status is unclear, whether it is lawful or unlawful, a sin or a goodness. As for something which status is already clear – in term of lawful or unlawful- then it is no use to counsel the heart about it.
That is what we called sin, something that always causes restless to the heart, drives it out of it’s quiet state. When someone stole, deceived, cheated, corrupted, committed major sin, or even committed a kind of shirk, his soul would hardly find peace.
If so, the question is; how come there’s still people who committed sins, and his heart is still in total peace? The answer is: it is not a justification of sin or wickedness, but the heart itself that is already fulfilled with dirts, the chains of black dots that afflicted his heart due to his committing of sins, incessantly. Allah the Exalted decreed, which can be translated as,
“No indeed! The truth is that their hearts have become rusted on account of their evil deeds. “ (QS. Al Muthoffifin: 14). If the heart kept on rusted due to the evil deeds, it would be very difficult for it to find guidance and perform righteous deed. Ibn al Qoyyim -may Allah have mercy on him- said, “If the heart gets darker, it will be very hard to recognize the guidance of truth.” (See his book: “Ad Daa’ wad Dawaa’”, page 107).
Allahumma inni as-aluka fi’lal khoiroot, wa tarkal munkaroot. O Allah, Indeed I ask of You, the doing of good deeds, and avoiding the evil deeds. (Narrated by Tirmidhi, in hadith no. 3233, the status is sahih).
Source: Magazine of Muslim Entrepreneur, October edition, 2010
Author: Ustadz Muhammad Abduh Tuasikal, S.T.
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