يَا دَاوُودُ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَاكَ خَلِيفَةً فِي الْأَرْضِ فَاحْكُم بَيْنَ النَّاسِ بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا تَتَّبِعِ الْهَوَىٰ فَيُضِلَّكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَضِلُّونَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ بِمَا نَسُوا يَوْمَ الْحِسَابِ ﴿٢٦
[38:26] Yusuf Ali
O David! We did indeed make thee a vicegerent on earth: so judge thou between men in truth (and justice): Nor follow thou the lusts (of thy heart), for they will mislead thee from the Path of Allah: for those who wander astray from the Path of Allah, is a Penalty Grievous, for that they forget the Day of Account.
TAFSEER BY DR. FARHAT HASHMI
Please refer to the earlier ayahs in this surah, for the story that led to this admonition for which Dawood AS fell to his knees in Istighfaar.
For us these lusts of the heart or desires of the heart dictated by our Nafs may be a little more earthy
Some examples given by Dr. Hashmi are given below* and the rest our my observations:
- Waking up for fajr is difficult: sleeping is the desire of the Nafs*
- Avoiding the adkaar after fajr because of laziness or Nafs urging us to go get a cup of tea or coffee.*
- Eating non-halal food and avoiding asking whether it is halal or not so that one doesn’t have to abstain from something that looks delicious and that which the Nafs desires.*
- Eating food (pasta at Noodles) soaked in wine and rationalizing that the alcohol has been burned off and either not having the knowledge that we are commanded by Allah“ to not even GO NEAR ALCOHOL” or rationalizing it because of our desire for that particular food, at that time.
- At a party when Maghrib comes, saying ……..There is still a lot of time till the light goes away we can pray later, why break up this lovely conversation……
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