They did not move except for the sake of Allaah

al-Hafidh Imaam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah) mentioned in his book “Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam”:

وَيَلْزَمُ مِنْ صَلَاحِ حَرَكَاتِ الْقَلْبِ صَلَاحُ حَرَكَاتِ الْجَوَارِحِ، فَإِذَا كَانَ الْقَلْبُ صَالِحًا لَيْسَ فِيهِ إِلَّا إِرَادَةُ اللَّهِ وَإِرَادَةُ مَا يُرِيدُهُ لَمْ تَنْبَعِثِ الْجَوَارِحُ إِلَّا فِيمَا يُرِيدُهُ اللَّهُ، فَسَارَعَتْ إِلَى مَا فِيهِ رِضَاهُ، وَكَفَّتْ عَمَّا يَكْرَهُهُ، وَعَمَّا يَخْشَى أَنْ يَكُونَ مِمَّا يَكْرَهُهُ وَإِنْ لَمْ يَتَيَقَّنْ ذَلِكَ.

“Soundness of the actions of the heart causes soundness of the actions of the limbs. If the heart is sound, and desires nothing except Allaah and what He desires, the limbs will do nothing except what Allaah desires. They will hurry to what pleases Him, and halt from what He hates, and what one fears that He mighyt hate, even if he is not sure of it.

قَالَ الْحَسَنُ: مَا ضَرَبْتُ بِبَصَرِي، وَلَا نَطَقْتُ بِلِسَانِي، وَلَا بِطَشْتُ بِيَدِي، وَلَا نَهَضْتُ عَلَى قَدَمِي حَتَّى أَنْظُرَ عَلَى طَاعَةٍ أَوْ عَلَى مَعْصِيَةٍ؟ فَإِنْ كَانَتْ طَاعَتُهُ تَقَدَّمَتْ، وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مَعْصِيَةً تَأَخَّرَتْ.

وَقَالَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْفَضْلِ الْبَلْخِيُّ: مَا خَطَوْتُ مُنْذُ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً خُطْوَةً لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.

وَقِيلَ لِدَاوُدَ الطَّائِيِّ: لَوْ تَنَحَّيْتَ مِنَ الظِّلِّ إِلَى الشَّمْسِ، فَقَالَ: هَذِهِ خُطًى لَا أَدْرِي كَيْفَ تُكْتَبُ.

al-Hasan (May Allaah be pleased with him) said, “I have not looked with my eyes, nor pronounced with my tongue, nor beaten with my hand, nor risen to my feet until I see whether it is for obedience or disobedience. If it is out of obedience, then I proceed, and if for disobedience, I hold back.

Muhammad bin al-Fadl al-Balkhy said, “I have not taken a step during the last forty years for other than [the sake] of Allaah, the Exalted and Glorified.

Further, it was said to Dawud at-Taa’iy when he went from the shade into the sun, “This is a mistake for which I am not sure how it will be recorded.”

فَهَؤُلَاءِ الْقَوْمُ لَمَّا صَلَحَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ، فَلَمْ يَبْقَ فِيهَا إِرَادَةٌ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ، صَلَحَتْ جَوَارِحُهُمْ، فَلَمْ تَتَحَرَّكْ إِلَّا لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ، وَبِمَا فِيهِ رِضَاهُ، وَاللَّهُ تَعَالَى أَعْلَمُ.

Those are a people that when their hearts were sound and for whom no desire for other than Allaah remained, the actions of their limbs also became sound, and they did not move except for the sake of Allaah, the Exalted and Glorified, and for what pleased Him. And Allaah Knows Best.”

[Source: “Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal-Hikam” of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (rahimahullaah), Volume 1, pages 213-214, checked by Shaykh Shuaib al-‘Arnaoot]

Author: Islamic Treasure

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