What does the Quran say about desires?
In the previous blog I talked about temptations and desires that are mentioned in the Quran. I received many wonderful reflections.
Of the many replies, I saw that many people view their desires negatively.
“I hate my desires” they said.
In my study of the Quran, hawa (desire) is not negative by itself.
Would God make our very nature negative?
There’s no original sin.
Allah guides our nature.
He wants us to be responsible.
To consume and earn ethically.
The problem is when:
1) Those desires become god:
“Have you seen the one who takes as their god their own desire?” [25:43]
2) We follow our desires or the desires of others over God and without knowledge:
“Those who follow their [own] desires without knowledge…for them there are no helpers.” [30:29] (and in 24 other verses)
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