Thursday, February 13, 2014

'Controlling your gaze'

"A young man came to a shaykh and said, “I am a young man with strong desires. I cannot help looking at people when I am in the market. What do I do?”
The shaykh handed him a cup of milk that was full to the brim, and told him to deliver it to an address that would take the young man directly through the market

He then instructed the young man that the milk should not spill, and the man said that it would not.

The shaykh then summoned one of his students and told him to accompany the man through the market to the destination, and to severely beat him if any milk were to spill.

This man successfully took the milk to the destination and returned to give the good news to the shaykh. The shaykh asked, “Tell me, how many sights and faces did you see in the market?”

The man replied incredulously, “Sheik, I didn’t even realize what was going on around me. I was only fearful of the beating and disgrace that I would have to endure in public if a drop of milk were to spill.”

The shaykh smiled and said, “It is the same with a believer. The believer fears that Allah (swt) may disgrace him in front of the entire creation on the Day of Judgment if his faith were to spill over from his heart.”

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