Extinguish the Ego’s Fire

20 August 2023 by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُوا مِمَّا فِي الْأَرْضِ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ ۚ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ
(Qur’ān 02:168). ‘Yā ‘Ayyuhā An-Nāsu Kulū Mimmā Fī Al-‘Arđi Ĥalālāan Ţayyibāan Wa Lā Tattabi`ū Khuţuwāti Ash-Shayţāni ۚ ‘Innahu Lakum `Adūwun Mubīn’, ‘O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] permissible and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.’ Sadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm.

Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says to eat from good clean things. Eat good clean things and do not go after shaytan. He is your biggest enemy. But unfortunately, people are doing the opposite. Whatever bad and dirty thing there is, they long for that and eat that. And they are running after shaytan. Whatever shaytan is ordering, they are doing that.

In the end of times we are living in, everyone is running after shaytan as if doing so, as if running after shaytan is a skill. They do it blindly. Even though they know he is leading them to hell, they don’t care. The only thing they want to do in Dunya is doing whatever is bad, whatever is prohibited by Allah ﷻ. They think it brings them benefit. “If we do it, we will be content and we will be happy”. It is completely the opposite. The more sins you commit, the wilder your ego goes, the more it asks.

There was a disease in old times. I don’t know if it exists now. They called it Istiska (dropsy/edema), thirstiness. No matter how much they drank, they never felt full. They wanted more water. Or if they drink seawater, it is the same. It doesn’t remove their thirst. The more sins you commit, by the wisdom of Allah ﷻ, the more your ego goes wild and asks for more.

A person who commits all kinds of sins, a person who says, “Let me do it and feel content” cheats himself. Shaytan has cheated him. The things he does increase his thirst and appetite and aggravate all kinds of evil. They increase the fire. What they must do is extinguish that fire with goodness, charity and repentance. Repentance leads to the forgiveness of sins. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla forgives the sins of those who repent and ask for forgiveness. He ﷻ forgives all their sins.

Do not say, “Let me do it now and I will ask for forgiveness later”. Ask for it immediately. They say cutting harm from anywhere is a profit. Similarly, people must repent for the sins and things they do and avoid doing it with the intention of not returning to it anymore. Say, “I repent and quit these things for the pleasure of Allah ﷻ” and certainly, Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla will help you. He ﷻ will protect you from that evil.

May Allah ﷻ help us all. May He ﷻ give guidance to people. May He ﷻ give strong Iman to all of us so that we are at ease. People are at ease in both Dunya and Akhirah then. They reach happiness.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

20 August 2023/4 Safar 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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