Ten Things You Will Never Benefit From
Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
Reference: Fawaa`id ul Fawaa`id of Ibn ul Qayim – Page 384
Translator: Shadeed Muhammad, Abu Az-Zubayr Source: Madeenah.com
There are ten things you will never find benefit in:
The First: Knowledge which is void of action.
The Second: Actions which are void of sincerity to Allah, and void of exemplification of the Sunnah. (Note: These two conditions constitute the act being accepted by Allah i.e. Ikhlaas and Ittiba`a)
The Third: Wealth which is not spent in the way of Allah, so the one who exhausted all of his energy amassing it will not benefit from it in this life, nor will he see the fruits of it in the hereafter.
The Fourth: A heart which is void of the love of Allah and the ardent desire to meet him.
The Fifth: A body which is void of obedience to Allah.
The Sixth: A love for other than Allah which is void of any boundaries. (i.e. unconditional)
The Seventh: Time which is void of benefit and the individual does not take advantage of it to do actions which would bring him closer to Allah.
The Eighth: A thought which goes through the individuals mind and will bring him no benefit.
The Ninth: Doing a favor for someone who, that favor will not bring him closer to Allah nor will it benefit him in the affairs of his livelihood.
The Tenth: Fear and hope of someone whose forelock is in the hands of Allah, like a captive in the company of his master, who can bring no benefit or harm to himself or others, nor can he give life to the dead nor does he have any power over resurrection.
The worse and most detrimental of these ten is two:
1) The Heart
2) The Time
Firstly the heart, because it`s corruption stems from giving precedence to this transient life over the hereafter, and time because it makes the individual feel like he will live forever (which enables him to be even more negligent about his obligation to Allah)
The most amazing thing is when someone is presented with a situation and he turns all of his attention towards Allah to fulfill his needs, and never takes the time to ask Allah for the remedy he is need of to bring his heart back to life from the death of ignorance and negligence, and the cure he is in dire need of for his disease of Shahawaat (following his lowly desires) and Shubuhaat (doubts and misconceptions). Indeed if the heart dies, he will never be conscious of the sins which he commits and his disobedience to Allah.