Doubts, Desires, and What to Do
The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:
A person goes off [the Straight Path] because of either desires or doubts.
As to the first [reason, falling into sinful desires], then preventing [that] happens by cutting off the causes that lead to [it], along with thinking about how vile the situation would be [to fall into the desire] and how low. Getting rid of [the situation, once someone has fallen into a sinful desire], is by leaving [the sin], repenting [from it], and regretting [falling into it].
As for the second reason, [falling into doubts], then preventing [that] happens by keeping away from the sources [of doubts] and those who call to [doubts], and closing shut [one’s] eyes and ears from [ever] taking them in. Getting rid of [doubts] is by asking the People of Insight.
[Take note of both reasons for deviation], even if the danger of [the second reason, doubts], were more severe than that of the former, [desires].
ينحرف الإنسان إما بشهوة أو بشبهة:
أما الأولى فدفعها بقطع الأسباب المؤدية إليها، مع التفكر في قبح حالها، ودناءتها.
ورفعها بالإقلاع والتوبة والندم.
وأما الثانية فدفعها بمجانبة مصادرها ودعاتها، وغلق الأعين والآذان عن تلقيها.
ورفعها بسؤال أهل البصيرة.
وإن كان خطرها أشد من سابقتها.
— د.محمد بن غالب العُمري (@m_g_alomari) January 27, 2021