“…Even one tear shed by a servant of God, at a time of sincere repentance, has greater worth and value than an ocean of tears shed by one who is a slave of carnal passions and desires, and who is engulfed in ostentation and darkness.”
“Of course, if a heart is overwhelmed by the greatness, omnipotence and fear of Allah the Exalted, causing it to melt with emotion, and if this moves a person to shed even one tear for the sake of God, this one tear surely makes hell forbidden for such a person. Hence, one must not be deceived by the fact that they weep often. Empty crying serves no purpose and will only strain the eyes until a person falls victim to various ailments of the eye.
“I advise you that when a person is moved by the fear of Allah and weeps in His presence, hell is forbidden on such a person. However, such emotion and weeping is not possible until a person believes in God and His Messenger (sa) in the true sense, and until they learn about His True Book — and not only learn about it, but rather, believe in it. When a physician gives a laxative medicine to someone who is ill, this clears their bowels through light, repeated diarrhoea, but this is not enough to cure the illness. It is only through diarrhoea caused by a liver flush that the body is cleared of all its toxins and impurities, and all the filth and harmful matter, which had weakened and agitated the patient, is cleansed. It is then that a person is restored to health.
“In the same manner, emotion and tears at the threshold of God purge an individual of their inner impurities and foul matter, and makes them pure and clean, but only when it comes from the innermost depths, as though one’s liver would burst, as it were. Even one tear shed by a servant of God, at a time of sincere repentance, has greater worth and value than an ocean of tears shed by one who is a slave of carnal passions and desires, and who is engulfed in ostentation and darkness. The former weeps for God, while the latter does so for the people or for their own self.
“Sincerity and honesty is what holds value in the estimation of God Almighty — never let this fade from your hearts. Affectation and pretence can be of no use before God.
(Malfoozat, vol. 2, pp. 124-125)
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