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Hadith 12: Lust
It is related by Abdullah bin Amr that the Messenger of Allah said:
“None of you can become a Believer unless his lusts become subservient to the guidance I have brought.” (Sharah us-Sunnah)
Commentary: It shows that the state of true Faith and its spiritual blessings can be gained when worldly inclinations and carnal appetites are controlled and governed by the Prophet’s guidance.
The entire order of good and evil is based upon Hawa [lust] and Huda [Guidance]. Man’s (woman)* success or failure, good fortune or ill-luck, is related to them. All wickedness and wrong-doing ensures from the lustful dictates of the flesh in the same way as every virtue originates from abiding by the guidance brought by the Prophets (Peace be upon them all).
The state of genuine Faith can, thus, be attained only by subordinating the propensities of the self to heavenly instruction and whoever become a slave to lust and cares nothing for Prophetic guidance destroys the very purpose of Faith with his own hands.
[Maulana Muhammad Manzoor Nomani. Ma’ariful Hadith, Volume 1, Pg. 135-136. “Book of Faith,” Darul-Ishaat, Karachi, 2002.]
* Addition of “(woman)” by me-UmerSultan
“Spreading Hadith One Post Per Day” series.
Hadith # 12.