Assalamu alaikum wr wb, I was reading somethng very interesting yesterday basically it was about safeguarding ones self from sins and the harm of sins. For example one of the harm of sins that it reduces intellect and reduces the capacity to make the right decisions as they cloud the mind and heart. If i ever get a chance i will inshallah post more on the harms.
One thing it also mentioned was If a person takes lots of tonics and vitamins for health however he takes a little bt of poison too then in reality the poison is going to reduce the affect of the tonics and he is going to end up ill and sick. However another person does not take any special tonics but just eats the basic healthy food and keeps away from poison; he will end up healthy.
The contrast was made with people who do a lot of extra nafil worship but did not keep away from sins the sins will make them spiritually sick. However a person who only performs the Fard and wajib duties but at the same time keeps away from sin, Inshallah his iman will remain good.
Some people even ask or try t o work out why a certain deed should be done or not? Sometimes it defies logic or perhaps we do not see any harm in it. The thing is our intellect is limited, we may not realise the long term affect on our souls of which the creator is Allah and He knows how best to look after it and the world. The example was given of Ayaaz why he was the most favourite minister of the king BECAUSE He respected the order of the King and broke the Priceless pearl as opposed to the other Ministers who respected the pearl but not the Kings orders.
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (rahmatullahi alaihi) mentions in his Mathnawi, a story of Sultan Mahmood: One day the Sultan decided to test his ministers and ordered them to crush the most prized pearl of his treasury. One by one, each of 65 ministers declined, stating that the pearl was far too valuable to be destroyed.
The King then summoned his closest and trusted courtier, Ayaaz, and ordered him to crush the pearl. Without any delay or hesitation, Ayaaz crushed the pearl into fragments. When the ministers expressed disbelief and shock at such audacity, the King asked Ayaaz to inform them as to the reason for him having broken the pearl.
In response, Ayaaz asked these ministers: “Which is more important, the Royal Decree or the pearl? “
The question we pose to ourselves is: “Which is more important, the command of my Allah or the desire of my heart?”
The haram desires of the heart are akin to pearls, which appear to be quite beautiful but we should not fulfill these haram desires at the cost of breaking the decrees of Allah.
Ayaaz attained closeness to the king through his loyalty and faithfulness and his obedience and submission. Similarly, we will gain the extreme nearness and intimate closeness to the King of Kings through loyalty and faithfulness. This in turn is dependent upon sincere obedience and complete submission to His decrees.