Zayb b. Arqam r.a said: that the messenger of Allah s.a.w used to say: ‘O Allah, I seek refuge with you from incapacity, and sloth, and cowardice, and meanness, and decrepitude, and the torment of the grave.
‘O Allah, give my soul it’s piety, and purify it, for you are the best one to purify it; You are its Protector, and its Master. O Allah, I seek refuge with you from knowledge that brings no benefit, and a heart without humility, and an insatiable soul, and an unanswered prayers. (267)
Allamah Tibi said:
Every one of these items (268) is an indication that things should be judge by their ultimate ends and intention: Knowledge should be sought in order to benefit from it: if it brings no benefit it is useless, and a source of evil (for he who possesses it). And the heart was created to be humble before its Lord; if it is not humble, it is hard, and refuge should be sought from it: “woe, them, unto those whose hearts are hardened.” (269) And the soul only has value if it shrinks from the abode of delusion and turns to the abode of eternal life; if it is gluttonous and insatiable, it is the most pernicious of man’s foes, and it is therefore of utmost importance to seek refuge from such a soul. And a prayer’s not being answered is a sign that the one who makes it has not benefitted from his knowledge, and that his heart is not humble, and that his soul in insatiable.
267: Narrated by Muslim, Ahmad, and the authors of the Sunan collections. (sharh al-Mawahib)
268:That is, those mentioned in the Prophets s.a.w statement “I seek refuge with you from Knowledge that brings no benefit, and a heart without humility, and an insatiable soul, and an unanswered prayer”.
269: Qur’an 39:22
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