The next disease is fraud ( ghish). It is concealingfrom people some fault or harm, either of areligious orworldly nature. Others have said that fraud is makingsomething useless or defectiveseem beneficial orperfect,or making something bad appear to be good.
Imam Mawlud says of the next disease that it is a“swelling ocean.” He refers to
, which aptly compares with a swelling mass ofemotion that is difficult to hold back once itisunleashed.
, a terrible lack of attention towhat is infinitely more important in one’slife thanmaterial goods. Heedlessness is a key concept oftendiscussed in Islamic spiritualtreatises and is referredto in many passages of the Quran.
Displeasure with Blame
The next disease is
displeasure with blame
. Blame isnot something that we would naturallyembrace. Itruns against human nature to love it. But the problemis when the fear of blame iscoupled with the urgentdesire for praise and approval by others, which is oftenthe case. Beingconcerned with “creation’s opinion”places a barrier between a person and the station of
, excellence in the worship.
Apathy Towards Death
Apathy towards death is considered a disease of theheart. It refers to strong aversion to death tothe pointthat its mere mention causes consternation. Such aperson, Imam Mawlud says, is indenial of reality:
Every soul shall taste death
Say, “thedeath from which you flea will overtake you. Thereafter you will return to the knower of the Seenand Unseen. He will then inform you of all that youhave been doing
Obliviousness to Blessings
The next disease is
obliviousness to blessings
, a lackof understanding and acknowledgement, anoxiousdisregard to
whatever blessing you have it is from God
(QURAN 16:53). The blessingsthat come to us, nightand day are beyond numeration, as the Quranreminds.
The next disease is derision, ridiculing others, makingjest at their expense. Musa told his peoplethat Godhad commanded them to sacrifice a cow. Theyreplied,
“Are you mocking us?”
Musatold them, “
I seekrefuge from God from being ignorant”
(QURAN, 2:67).Mocking people istherefore a form of ignorance,whether it’s lampooning, caricatures, or name calling.Humor andlevity are important in Human life. Butlevity as a way of life harms the spiritual heart.
is malady of the heart that is closely related to
rancor, extreme anger
. It comesfrom thesame Arabic root from which the word
originates, which is used in the Quran tomean yokesaround the neck (QURAN, 36:8), as if to say thatrancor dwells in a heart bound tomalice andtreachery.
Root Causes of allDiseases ofthe Heart
The root cause of every disease to be man’s self-satisfaction.
Likewise the root cause of all good qualities is the lack of self-satisfaction, and thisconclusion is obvious.
Because being ( dissatisfied with oneself) prompts you to seek virtuous character and tovigilantly avoid what is inappropriate.