Lesson 10: The One who loves a thing/person besides Allah becomes imprisoned and tortured by it
Brief recap of previous lesson:
Ibn Al-Qayyim says from among the means of bringing about relaxation of the Chest is Inaaba (turning to Allah in repentance) and to love Allah with all your heart;
Different forms of Love, which is permissible and which is impermissible?
Love for Allah expands the chest in spite of the difficulties one may face in life
Look at the example of the life of Ibn Taymiyyah, see Lesson 5
Look at the statement of Shaikh Muqbil, see Lesson 9
Ibn Qayyim says a person in whose heart the love of Allah has settled, then such a person's chest becomes tight only when he sees the people who are idle, lazy and heedless in returning to Allah, those who do not relish in his Worship become an eye sore and mixing with them troubles him as though he has been struck by a fever.
Everyone makes mistakes, the type of heedless people mentioned here are those who do not turn in repentance to Allah
Why do such righteous people feel like this? because they realise it is not possible to guide everyone and so their heart becomes uneasy
For that reason you will find that prison was a form of seclusion for the likes of Shaykh ul Islam Ibn-Taymiyyah
Ibn Qayyim says from the greatest causes of suffocation of the chest is to turn away from Allah and the heart being attached to someone/something other than him, and being heedless of his remembrance
Whoever loves something besides Allah in a manner only befitting Allah (or in an impermissible form), then his heart will be agonised by it, his heart will be imprisoned by it and as a result of this no one will be in a more bitter and ill-tempered state than him
Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami says Ibn Qayyim mentions a disease in order to describe the cure
Turning away from Allah could lead to apostasy
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Abdulwahhaab mentions that among the nullifiers of a person’s Islam is him/her turning away from the religion (NOTE: there are different levels of turning away, not all of them lead to Apostasy)
The proof for the above is the verse : “And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, then he turns aside therefrom? Verily, We shall exact retribution from the Mujrimun (criminals, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, etc.).” [Surah Sajdah (The Prostration) verse 22]
Turning away from the religion of Allah to the extent that someone does not raise his head to study it may form a basis for apostasy
Shaikh Muhammad Amaan Al-Jaami says the one who becomes infatuated with his Imam (e.g. sufi “pir”), to such an extent that this love carries humility and debasement, then this is Shirk (associating partners to Allah, Polytheism) as only Allah deserves to be loves in this way
Shirk is the greatest sin of all in Islam
This is because Shirk decreases and makes imperfect the love of Allah
A person who does Shirk such as this, but claims to have eemaan, then this is merely superficial eemaan
Ibn Qayyim says that the one who loves someone/something, at the expense of being obedient to Allah, and turns away from Allah, then he will be tortured by it, grief and sorrow will eat away at his/her soul. Why is this the case?