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No Good. No Evil. 9 January 2006

Posted by MOZAFFAR in MOZAFFAR, Philosophy, Spirituality, Theology.


It is a mistaken belief that the world is divided into Good and Evil. Not only is such a notion incorrect, it is simplistic. There is definitely good. There is definitely evil. But, much what what we consider to be “evil” is a matter of perception anyways; “evil” is our own construction. “Good,” however, is always from God.

Rather, the world is divided into choices. These choices are either driven by a sentiment about the afterlife, or they are driven by a sentiment about this worldy life. All of the choices you have made in the past day fall into either of these two categories.

There are those individuals who are driven with a love for elements in this worldly life and a consequent general disregard for the afterlife.

There are those individuals who are driven with a hatred for elements in this worldly life, and may attempt to compensate for that hatred by insincerely seeking the afterlife. Meaning, I have met plenty of Islamic activists whose personalities seem to betray their islamicness. They don’t present themselves as people who are seeking the afterlife. Rather, they present themselves — especially through their consistencies — as people just running from this world. And, they are running from one part of this world to another part of this world. They just keep running away.

There are indeed those individuals who see nothing in this world, except for their opportunities related to the afterlife. I know they are there. If you find one, let me know.

And, as a result of these outlooks, we each make choices. The temperature of the water of your shower. The amount of water you let run until you reach that temperature. The water you may turn off when you are soaping yourself.

Think of the choices you’ve made in the past day. Think of the difficult choices you’ve made over the course of your life. Which ones were driven by sentiments about the afterlife? Honestly.

Do not hate this worldly life; disconnect yourself from your desires for elements in it. Look at a fistful of gold as being no different in value than a fistful of mud. But, seek to find fulfillment in the Qur’an.

Do not hate this worldly life. Know that it is a prison, but it is a prison in which your choices dictate your afterlife. And, all you get is one shot.

So, there are a few lessons here:

1- Look at the world as a series of choices.

2- Look within yourself to find the motivations for your own choices.

3- Look at this world for what it really is for you: it is your servant in laying the groundwork for your own afterlife.

Now, among those who make their choices based on sentiments about the afterlife, there are select few who seek something in particular in that afterlife: God. Those people, we will — God willing — explore on another day.

Take control of your choices.

May God bless you.



1. Dave - 15 January 2006

“If you find one, let me know.”

I think I know one: Hafiz Ali Toft of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, Illinois. Masha’Allah.

2. Omer M - 18 January 2006

Salams Dave,

What gives you this impression? I’m not disagreeing with you at all (and anyone who knows Ali would probably agree with you). But, I’m seeking any external signs.

May Allah bless you.
Omer M

3. Dave - 18 January 2006

He is more concerned with obeying Allah, and keeping busy with voluntary good deeds, than anything else. Whenever I am with him, I feel closer to Allah and think more of the hereafter. When a situation arises in which he perceives the possibility of disobeying Allah, his behavior changes and he avoids doing so. He has no aspirations in this world except to teach Qur’an, do da’wa, and live a life of obedience. He often speaks of the Hereafter in a very clear manner, full of ardent desire, as if he wishes that he could just be there now, and that seeking the things of this world is just foolish. He grew up with a great education, and instead of parlaying that into increased earning potential, he sits on the floor listening to 12 year olds read surah abasa over and over again, because he feels that that is what he should be doing fi sabil Allah. His greatest worries seem to be how he can best serve Allah, and how he can contribute to the betterment of the ummah. Allahu a’lam.

4. Mozaffar - 19 January 2006

Salams Dave,

The pivotal point — at least for me — in your beautiful reflection is “Whenever I am with him, I feel closer to Allah and think more of the hereafter.”

He may be the type of person one seeks to spend their time with, Masha Allah.

May Allah bless you.

Thanks for the posts.

Omer M

5. Anonymous - 18 July 2009

Hafiz Ali Toft was my hifz teacher and mashallaha his tajweed is amazing.

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