Staying Within the Boundaries of Halaal and Haraam, and Not Coming Close to the Doubtful Matters Depends On the Soundness of the Heart
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Staying within the boundaries of Halaal and Haraam, and not coming close to the doubtful matters depends on the righteousness or corruption of a person’s heart. If the heart has [ الورع – apprehensive fear (Ref1)] and Taqwah (piety), it will distance itself from haraam and that which will lead to Haraam. However, if the heart is corrupt, it will not care about falling into (error).
If the sickness in the heart is little, the heart gets involved in the doubtful matters; and if the sickness increases, the heart gets involved in Haraam. If the corruption in the heart is little, the heart will not be safeguarded against the doubtful matters; and if the corruption is too much, the heart will not br safeguarded against what is forbidden. This shows the importance of rectifying one’s heart. [Ref 2]
Ref 1: The word [ الورع – translated as ‘Apprehensive Fear’ was taken from one of Ustaadh Amjad Rafiq’s (may Allaah preserve him) articles]
Ref 2: Source: Sharh Al-Arba’een’ lecture number 9 @ 17 mins onwards’ by Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (may Allaah preserve him). Paraphrased & abridged]