Ungoverned Passions (Hawa)

What does it mean to live “denial-free”? A refusal to grant the truth.

Much of modern life, dictated by liberalism, deifies desire:

Desire, inborn or inbred, can overturn even Divine Law.

Islam however is a denial-free lifestyle: rejection of the false gods, be them bone, stone, or even hawa.

Hawa: ungoverned passions. Passions that do not submit themselves to the pleasure and will of God.

ما عبد تحت السماء إله أبغض إلى الله من الهوى

ما ذكر الله هوىً إلا ذمه – ابن عباس

أَفَرَأَيتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلٰهَهُ هَواهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلىٰ عِلمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلىٰ سَمعِهِ وَقَلبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشاوَةً فَمَن يَهديهِ مِن بَعدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلا تَذَكَّرونَ

al-Jathiyah [The Kneeling], 45:22. No one comes before God powerful and mighty. You come with a bent knee, you prostrate.

“If we have our own “why of life”, we shall get along with any how.” — Friedrich Nietzsche.

Why are so many though, prevented from deducing the “why of life”? Their ungoverned passions get in the way.

The control (not complete denial) of hawa is one of the means by which we understand God. But controlling hawa we draw closer to God.

Likewise, the opposite, as an alternative meaning of hawa is huwwah: “an endless pit”.

Much of Islam is the process of placing God at the head and center of your life. And there can be only one moral authority in God’s universe.

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