From Abu Hurayrah [RA] who said that Allaah's Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said;
"Love the one whom you love to a certain degree [moderately], perhaps one day he will be someone for whom you have hatred, and hate the one for whom you have hatred to a certain degree [moderately], perhaps one day he will be one whom you love. [Tirmidhi]
The Muslim is justly balanced in his loving and hating. He is just both when giving and when taking and is moderate in all of that.
His being justly balanced is one of the signs of his religion and the Shariah. So he is not one who goes beyond the limits, nor one who falls short of what is required. Furthermore, the Muslim does not derive this quality of being justly balanced from his intellect and desires, nor his own opinion or other than this, rather he takes it from the Book of Allaah, the One free from all imperfections. Allaah says;
"Thus We have made you a justly balanced nation, that you may be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger [Muhammad [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him} be a witness over you. [Q 2:143]
Being justly balanced is not an easy matter, indeed many of those who call out and declare it, desire only to compromise. So for a person to be truly justly balanced as ordered by Allaah is not easy, rather it requires striving against ones desires.
Striving Against Ones Desires
From al-Alaa ibn Ziyaad who said: A man asked Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-Aas, saying which of the believers is best in his Islam? He replied: He from whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safe. He asked: then what is the best jihad? He replied: He strives against his own self and desires for Allaah. He asked: then which of those who migrates [perform hijrah] is best? He replied: He who strives against his own self desires for Allaah. He asked: Is it something you have said O Abdullah bn Amr, or Allaah's Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him]? He said: Rather Allaah's Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said it. [An-Nasaae]
So striving against one own self is one of the highest and most valuable means of increasing ones eeman and causing the servant to draw closer to his Lord, the one free from all imperfections. Concerning this Allaah says;
"As for those who strive hard in [our cause], we will surely guide them to Our paths [i.e. Allaah religion [Q 29:69]
So a Muslim's striving against his own self and his desires causes his spirit to rise higher, his eeman to increase and his soul to become purified.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited