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The criteria of love and hostility

Certain ahadith instruct people to be hostile to the worldly. This does not mean that we ought to hate someone demonstrating certain qualities of those who adore this world, say gluttony, even if he is a Muslim and a Shī ah. We should not. We should not hate a believer, even if he sins.

We should, instead, hate his indecent acts. A tradition states that when God loves someone, He is never If that person commits something ndecent, God hates onl act. But God is hostile to unbelievers even if they do thousands of good deeds. God is hostile to these people in person, but consider their meritorious as good.

Thus, in Islam, the strength of one's personality is decided by his belief and unbelief, deep-rooted in his breast. occasionally, deviating from the path of a believer or some good deed on the part of an unbeliever do not bring about a change of his identity and personality. God, the Exalted, mentions twenty qualities of the followers of the world and the qualities of the followers of the hereafter. No doubt, the desire for this world begins with a love for food and drink to fill the stomach, the root of most corruptions. In order to satisfy their love for food and drink, the gluttons strive for religiously unlawful wealth, followed by gratification of other passions. Foremost in things that attract the people is food. The first desire, that appears in a child from the outset, is for food.

That is why the love for food is what the followers of the world are concerned with. But the followers of the hereafter are not gluttons and food lovers. They take only as much food as they need, not to relish, but in order to have the power to perform acts or Worship. The followers of the world always laugh, because they do no worry about the hereafter, nor do they fear God, the Exalted. They would fear God if they ever meditated the outcome of their life. Then they would no care-free life, laughing and making merry without measure. The followers of the hereafter always meditate their life outcome, although they always try hard for the hereafter, they are permanently anxious, lest they incur God's displeasure and be deprived of the heaven blessings. Therefore, they do not spend their time on fruitless discussion and intoxicated laughter. The worldly are pleased with themselves and angry with all others. They lose their temper when things run contrary to their desire, and are unable to bear hardships. They are mainly concerned with worldly enjoyments, splendor and glory, and demand that all others should respect them, and submissively carry out their orders.

It is not realistic to demand that things should run as one desires. Events occur whether we want them or not. For example, natural occurrences such as illnes and other problems may befall anyone. It is not fair to treat others harshly and annoy them. Included in the qualities of the followers of the world is their constant discontentment, and a feeling that they have a claim on others. They do not apologize when they offend someone. Begging pardon is a sign of humbleness. It is very hard for the worldly man to humble himself before others, confess his foul deed, and apologize for the evil he has done them. They are sluggish when they pray, and are courageous when they commit sins.

When it is time to pray, they are slack, sluggısh and wavering: they postpone their ritual prayers, and do not perform the prayers on time, but waste their time until the praying time is about to expire. God, the Exalted. has considered this an attitude of the hypocrites.

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