Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)
Our situation is akin to the person enduring the heat of a mid-summer’s day. The heat and humidity is extremely intense, so the person switches on one of those little toy fans that work on a single cell battery – which children are generally found playing with. To benefit from its breeze, it has to be brought extremely close.
So the person sits with this little fan in front of him and on his side, he lights a huge fire. Will that little fan have any effect? …No.
Until the person does not distance himself from that fire or extinguishes that fire, the breeze of that fan will not cool his skin. …The effect of that little fan will be lost due to the intensity and closeness of the fire.
The similitude drawn is that we do a few good deeds; the effect of which is likened to the breeze of the little fan. Together with those few good deeds, we indulge in different types of sins and their effect is comparable to the blazing fire. Until we do not distance ourselves from the venues of sins and give up those sins altogether, how will our Ibaadah cool our hearts?
Only when we will extinguish the fire, which we, ourselves, have kindled, of sins, and we thereafter switch on the air-conditioner of sincere obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu ‘akayhi wasallam), will we experience coolness in our hearts.
We need to understand that the destination cannot be reached, if the journey is traversed one step forward and then ten steps back.