A World of Secrets


No God but Allah
A World of Secrets

The believer does not suffer from something called psychiatric diseases. That is because he/she lives in acceptance and harmony with all that is happening to him, whether it is good or evil. He/she is just like a passenger of a plane who has full confidence in the pilot, that he cannot go wrong because he has ultimate knowledge and skills of controlling a plane. He will fly it efficiently in all circumstances and will pass by storms, heat, cold, ice and fog.

In such a plane, and with full confidence in the pilot, he can sleep in his chair in complete contentment and tranquility. He does not shiver or shake if the plane falls into turbulence, or staggers in a turn, or tends towards a mountain. He knows that all those things happen by the pilot’s will and under his knowledge, and that they happen with wisdom behind them and for a purpose of greater safety. Everything is being masterminded, and every event is predestined, and there is nothing more perfect than what has already been predestined. That is why he gives himself fully to the pilot without accountability or arguing. He has full confidence in him; that is why he stretches in his chair with full serenity, in a state of complete trust.

That is the same sense of confidence the believer has with his Lord, Who drives the ship of destiny, controls the course of events, leads the huge universe, and runs galaxies in their orbits and suns in their rising and setting.

Everything that is happening to him, which he has no power over, is eventually good. If he has an illness and medicine fails to treat him, he says to himself, “This is good!” If his plants burn because of drought and all his means fail to avoid the disaster, he says to himself, “This is good, Allah will provide me with something better.” If he fails in love, he says, “Failed love is better than a failed marriage.” If his marriage fails, then he says, “All praise be to Allah! Loneliness is better than bad company.” If his business goes bankrupt, he says, “All praise be to Allah. Perhaps Allah knows that wealth is bad for me, and that worldly earns will make me lose in the Hereafter. And if someone dear to him passes away, he says, “All praise be to Allah, Allah is worthier of our life than we are of it and He is the only One Who knows whether it is good or bad for us to live longer. All Glory be to Him, He is not questioned about what He decrees.”

The believer’s slogan is always: “But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” (Chapter #2, Verse #216)
He always has comfort in his heart, with a tranquil soul, seeing by the light of his inner insight that the world is a place for tests and affliction, and it is just a temporary resting spot and not a permanent home. It is a temporary shelter which will be completely removed with its good and evil. Only those who show patience and gratefulness are the winners.

The believer's heart cannot be invaded by an evil obsession, nor is his soul troubled by any scruple. That is because his soul is always busy with the remembrance of The Almighty, The Most-Merciful, and his heart always whispers: Allah…..Allah…with each pulse. The Satan cannot find a step or a dark corner in such a heart to creep in.

It is a heart that cannot be moved by calamities or shaken by disasters because it is firmly established in the seat of Truth, which never changes or alters.

The believer gives different names to all psychiatric diseases that psychiatrists talk about. For him/her repression is called sticking to chastity….. Deprivation is a spiritual development….Feeling guilty is piety…. Fear (which is fear from Allah) is a protector from slipping into sin. Suffering is the way to wisdom and grief leads to knowledge.

Desires are steps of a ladder that the believer climbs over through suppressing them. He triumphs over his desires by reining them in to reach the status of serenity and spiritual strength.

Insomnia is a gift from Allah, as the night in which the believer cannot sleep can be spent in remembrance of Allah. Spending the night with Allah is a special blessing that the believer should be thankful for; not complaining or seeking for a tranquilizer. Furthermore, if s/he remains awake till dawn, this offers him/her a chance to make his/her dawn prayer which is a great grace.
In addition, going through feelings of remorse sometimes allow the believer to reflect, return to the truth and go back to Allah. Even Pain, including physical and psychological, is considered as a divine aid by which the believer can resist the lure of the worldly life and renounce it.

Despair, carrying a grudge and envy are psychiatric diseases which the believer never suffers. Furthermore, he is capable of overcoming hatred, the urges for revenge and retaliation through forgiveness, pardoning and tolerance. He does not get enraged except to defend one who has been oppressed and help him/her attain justice; he never practices violence except to overcome an oppressor.

The prevailing feelings that overwhelm the believer are cordiality, mercy, patience, gratitude, forbearance, compassion, gentleness, forgiveness, acceptance and contentment. Being occupied with such positive feelings, the believer develops a state in which there is no place for psychiatric diseases or psychiatry.

For the believer, the worshiped idols such as wealth, sex, prestige and authority are all demolished, and are no longer able to fragment his\her emotions, or distract his\her attention. Hence the believing soul can attain focus to unite its energy. Here the fog of desires clears, the vision becomes lucid, eddies calm down and tranquility prevails. As a consequence the believer gains more control over his\her own self, becoming more able to lead it as he turns from slavery to his\her own self to be free, and that is all because of the believer’s profound understanding of Monotheism: (there is no God except Allah). Besides, he\she realizes that there is no ruler, or controller or owner of the creation except only One, thus he\she is freed of the fear of any tyrant and any master. For him/her, even death is seen as liberty and pleasant journey to meet with the beloved.

The soul is different due to faith and becomes protected from psychiatric diseases. It is ascended to such a status by faith, obedience and worship, to the extent that its choices become as the same as what Allah chooses for it and its inclination is the same as what Allah pleases.

Narcissism and selfishness melt and no longer exist in such a faithful soul, thus it becomes a working tool and a hand executing the will of The Lord.

Such a believing soul is never afflicted by depression as it is always optimistic, having certain faith that there is no distress with the presence of Allah, and that justice can be achieved as long as there is Allah, The Utterly Just. For the believer, the door of hopefulness is always open as long as The All Able is alive and he never dies.
The believing soul is in permanent childish astonishment from the signs of divine power all around. A believer feels ecstasy of the beauty he can see in everything. He can see the traces of The Creator’s creativity in major galaxies as in minor atoms and micro electrons. The larger the scientific domain expands, the wider the area of fascination gets, and the ecstasy multiplies. That is why the believing soul does not know weariness, or apathy, or depression.

The grief of the believing soul is luminous. It is filled with hopefulness. In the hardest times of pain and tragedy, this soul never gives up hope and thinking well of Allah; that leads it to feel secure all the time, because it believes that Allah is always there. For this soul, nothing saddens it more than its own deficiencies, shortcomings and sins; not the deficiencies or shortcomings of others. However, its deficiencies do not discourage it from striving to reform its flaws. Thus it is engaged in continuous Jihad (striving to reform oneself), continuous climbing up the tree of sins to get out of the cone shadow to the light spreading at the top of the tree. From that light, the soul is given life; not from the thick mud at the bottom of the tree.

Thus this soul is in fighting for existence, and always engaging in a war of internal purification. However, it is a calm and confident conflict, which never disturbs its tranquility or dispels its serenity. That is because it has certainty that it fights its internal flaws with the power of Allah (SWT), not by its own power. That soul’s feeling of being in permanent companionship with Allah never deserts it. That is the reason why this soul feels lasting security despite the inside fighting against ghosts of defeat and forces of nihilism….it is not fighting alone.
That is the biggest Jihad that occupies the believing soul and protects it from being occupied by trivialities, complaints and little pains; it also preserves it from obsession on its own self, lamenting itself or celebrating its talents. It is busy by going beyond itself and ascending over it. It is always in a continuous journey of exit; a journey of ascension and going beyond itself. The constitution of this soul is: to always resist what you desire and bear what you dislike.

The feelings of this soul flow smoothly in complete harmony with the universe, perfectly compatible with its laws, easily adapted to the changes that exist. Tolerance and natural simplicity are deeply rooted in such a soul; it seeks friendship with everything, and its perfect ideal is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) while he was embracing Mount Uhud saying, “This is the mountain which loves us and we love it.” (Muslim) Thus comprehensive love is the root of all feelings of the believing soul. It is in permanent reconciliation with nature, with destiny and with Allah.

Such a soul never suffers solitude when being alone; on the contrary it enjoys a magnificent feeling of being in the company of Allah. For this soul, loneliness does not mean emptiness, or silence; it is rather busyness in being engaged in a rich and precious internal dialogue and a deep feeling of the luminous presence of Allah all around. This cannot be loneliness, but rather a secure embrace. The only torment for this soul is its sin, and when it suffers separation and distance from The Creator. It is an agony that can be relieved by the soul’s profound faith in Allah’s forgiveness, generosity, and His love of those who repent and pray for forgiveness.

The nearest the soul comes to its Lord is when it is prostrating itself before Him; that is when the believing soul melts in love and humility to Allah. One of the Awliya' of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], said, “We are enjoying a pleasure (of closeness to Allah), which if the kings taste, they would fight us to attain it!” However, the kings are so far from experiencing such a pleasure, while they are sinking in the worldly life, imprisoned in its materialistic pleasures.

Religion, obedience and Jihad (striving against its forbidden desires) are the only way for the believing soul to be born again and get out of its mud cocoon. There is no other way for its birth; as science breeds conceit, art breeds nothing except idolization. Thus, only religion is the incubator in which the soul grows and reaches its target. Among scientists there may be some with mental illness, busy in inventing devastating weapons and poisonous gas. Among artists, there may be some deifying themselves and drowning in sensory pleasures. Religion alone is the path for the soul to attain integrity, salvation and healing.

The believing soul is always active, energetic and working to serve and help others. Its contemplation and worship never cut it off from being engaged in people’s everyday lives. You can see it in streets, markets and crowdedness of livelihood. That is because it sees work as an aspect of worship; and sweat and toil are the treatment and cure of the diseases of luxury, laziness and idleness.
The life of such a soul is a journey of longing for Allah, a trip of gaining knowledge and a message of helping others. Working is its gate to mental health. Its ultimate hope is to still be able to work until the last breath, and to die while planting a tree, building a wall or lighting a candle. Such a soul is a lifeboat, and it is protected from any psychiatric disease. It has no need of these days' medicine as its life is truly a prescription of happiness.
Source: “A World of Secrets”

Dr. Mustpha Mahmoud
Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

المؤمن لا يعرف شيئا اسمه المرض النفسي لأنه يعيش في حالة قبول و انسجام مع كل ما يحدث له من خير و شر.. فهو كراكب الطائرة الذي يشعر بثقة كاملة في قائدها و في أنه لا يمكن أن يخطئ لأن علمه بلا حدود، و مهاراته بلا حدود.. فهو سوف يقود الطائرة بكفاءة في جميع الظروف و سوف يجتاز بها العواصف و الحر و البرد و الجليد و الضباب..

و هو من فرط ثقته ينام و ينعس في كرسيه في اطمئنان و هو لا يرتجف و لا يهتز إذا سقطت الطائرة في مطب هوائي أو ترنحت في منعطف أو مالت نحو جبل.. فهذه أمور كلها لها حكمة و قد حدثت بارادة القائد و علمه و غايتها المزيد من الأمان فكل شيء يجري بتدبير و كل حدث يحدث بتقدير و ليس في الإمكان أبدع مما كان.. و هو لهذا يسلم نفسه تماما لقائده بلا مساءلة و بلا مجادلة و يعطيه كل ثقته بلا تردد و يتمدد في كرسيه قرير العين ساكن النفس في حالة كاملة من تمام التوكل.

و هذا هو نفس إحساس المؤمن بربه الذي يقود سفينة المقادير و يدير مجريات الحوادث و يقود الفلك الأعظم و يسوق المجرات في مداراتها و الشموس في مطالعها و مغاربها.. فكل ما يجري عليه من أمور مما لا طاقة له بها، هي في النهاية خير.

إذا مرض و لم يفلح الطب في علاجه.. قال في نفسه.. هو خير.. و اذا احترقت زراعته من الجفاف و لم تنجح وسائله في تجنب الكارثة.. فهي خير.. و سوف يعوضه الله خيرا منها.. و اذا فشل في حبه.. قال في نفسه حب فاشل خير من زيجة فاشلة.. فاذا فشل زواجه.. قال في نفسه الحمد لله أخذت الشر و راحت..

و الوحدة خير لصاحبها من جليس السوء.. و اذا أفلست تجارته قال الحمدلله لعل الله قد علم أن الغنى سوف يفسدني و أن مكاسب الدنيا ستكون خسارة علي في الآخرة.. و اذا مات له عزيز.. قال الحمدلله.. فالله أولى بنا من أنفسنا و هو الوحيد الذي يعلم متى تكون الزيادة في أعمارنا خيرا لنا و متى تكون شرا علينا.. سبحانه لا يسأل عما فعل.

و شعاره دائما: (و عسى أن تكرهوا شيئا و هو خير لكم و عسى أن تحبوا شيئا و هو شر لكم و الله يعلم و أنتم لاتعلمون)

و هو دائما مطمئن القلب ساكن النفس يرى بنور بصيرته أن الدنيا دار امتحان و بلاء و أنها ممر لا مقر، و أنها ضيافة مؤقتة شرها زائل و خيرها زائل.. و أن الصابر فيها هو الكاسب و الشاكر هو الغالب. لا مدخل لوسواس على قلبه و لا لهاجس على نفسه، لأن نفسه دائما مشغولة بذكر العظيم الرحيم الجليل و قلبه يهمس: الله.. الله.. مع كل نبضة، فلا يجد الشيطان محلا و لا موطئ قدم و لا ركنا مظلما في ذلك القلب يتسلل منه. و هو قلب لا تحركه النوازل و لا تزلزله الزلازل لأنه في مقعد الصدق الذي لا تناله الأغيار.

و كل الأمراض النفسية التي يتكلم عنها أطباء النفوس لها عنده أسماء أخرى: الكبت اسمه تعفف و الحرمان رياضة و الاحساس بالذنب تقوى و الخوف (و هو خوف من الله وحده) عاصم من الزلل و المعاناة طريق الحكمة و الحزن معرفة و الشهوات درجات سلم يصعد عليها بقمعها و يعلو عليها بكبحها الى منازل الصفاء النفسي و القوة الروحية و الأرق.. مدد من الله لمزيد من الذكر.. و الليلة التي لا ينام فيها نعمة تستدعي الشكر و ليست شكوى يبحث لها عن دواء منوم فقد صحا فيها الى الفجر و قام للصلاة و الندم مناسبة حميدة للرجوع الى الحق و العودة الى الله

و الآلا م بأنواعها الجسدي منها و النفسي هي المعونة الالهية التي يستعين بها على غواية الدنيا فيستوحش منها و يزهد فيها و اليأس و الحقد و الحسد أمراض نفسية لا يعرفها و لا تخطر له على بال و الغل و الثأر و الانتقام مشاعر تخطاها بالعفو و الصفح و المغفرة و هو لا يغضب الا لمظلوم و لا يعرف العنف الا كبحا لظالم

و المشاعر النفسية السائدة عنده هي المودة و الرحمة و الصبر و الشكر و الحلم و الرأفة و الوداعة و السماحة و القبول و الرضا تلك هي دولة المؤمن التي لا تعرف الأمراض النفسية و لا الطب النفسي..

و الأصنام المعبودة مثل المال و الجنس و الجاه و السلطان، تحطمت و لم تعد قادرة على تفتيت المشاعر و تبديد الانتباه.. فاجتمعت النفس على ذاتها و توحدت همتها، و انقشع ضباب الرغبات و صفت الرؤية و هدأت الدوامة و ساد الاطمئنان و أصبح الانسان أملك لنفسه و أقدر على قيادها و تحول من عبد لنفسه الى حر بفضل الشعور بلا اله الا الله.. و بأنه لا حاكم و لا مهيمن و لا مالك للملك الا واحد، فتحرر من الخوف من كل حاكم و من أي كبير بل ان الموت أصبح في نظره تحررا و انطلاقا و لقاء سعيد بالحبيب.

اختلفت النفس و أصبحت غير قابلة للمرض.. و ارتفعت الى هذه المنزلة بالايمان و الطاعة و العبادة فأصبح اختيارها هو ما يختاره الله، و هواها ما يحبه الله.. و ذابت الأنانية و الشخصانية في تلك النفس فأصبحت أداة عاملة و يدا منفذة لارادة ربها. و هذه النفس المؤمنة لا تعرف داء الاكتئاب، فهي على العكس نفس متفائلة تؤمن بأنه لا وجود للكرب مادام هناك رب.. و أن العدل في متناولنا مادام هناك عادل.. و أن باب الرجاء مفتوح على مصراعيه مادام المرتجى و القادر حيا لا يموت.

و النفس المؤمنة في دهشة طفولية دائمة من آيات القدرة حولها و هي في نشوة من الجمال الذي تراه في كل شيء.. و من ابداع البديع الذي ترى آثاره في العوالم من المجرات الكبرى الى الذرات الصغرى.. الى الالكترونات المتناهية في الصغر.. و كلما اتسعت مساحة العلم اتسع أمامها مجال الادهاش و تضاعفت النشوة.. فهي لهذا لا تعرف الملل و لا تعرف البلادة أو الكآبة.

و حزن هذه النفس حزن مضيء حافل بالرجاء، و هي في ذروة الألم و المأساة لا تكف عن حسن الظن بالله.. و لا يفارقها شعورها بالأمن لأنها تشعر بأن الله معها دائما، و أكثر ما يحزنها نقصها و عيبها و خطيئتها.. لا نقص الآخرين و عيوبهم.. و لكن نقصها لا يقعدها عن جهاد عيوبها.. فهي في جهاد مستمر و في تسلق مستمر لشجرة خطاياها لتخرج من مخروط الظل الى النور المنتشر أعلى الشجرة لتأخذ منه الحياة لا من الطين الكثيف أسفل السلم.

إنها في صراع وجودي و في حرب تطهير باطنية.. و لكنه صراع هادئ واثق لا يبدد اطمئنانها و لا يقتلع سكينتها لأنها تشعر بأنها تقاتل باطلها بقوة الله و ليس بقوتها وحدها.. و الاحساس بالمعية مع الله لا يفارقها، فهي في أمن دائم رغم هذا القتال المستمر لأشباح الهزيمة و لقوى العدمية بداخلها.. فهي ليست وحدها في حربها.

ذلك هو الجهاد الأكبر الذي يشغل النفس عن التفاهات و الشكايات و الآلام الصغيرة و يحفظها من الانكفاء على ذاتها و الرثاء لنفسها و الاحتفاء بمواهبها.. فهي مشغولة عن نفسها بتجاوز نفسها و تخطي نفسها و العلو على ذاتها.. فهي في رحلة خروج مستمرة.. رحلة تخطي و صعود، و دستورها هو: (أن تقاوم أبدا ما تحب و تتحمل دائما ما تكره)

و مشاعر هذه النفس منسابة مع الكون متآلفة مع قوانينه متوافقة مع سننه متكيفة بسهولة مع المتغيرات حولها.. فيها سلاسة طبيعية و بساطة تلقائية.. تلتمس الصداقة مع كل شيء.. و مثالها الكامل هو النبي محمد صلى الله عليه و سلم حينما كان يحتضن جبل أحد و يقول: هذا جبل يحبنا و نحبه.. فالمحبة الشاملة هي أصل جميع مشاعرها.. انها في صلح دائم مع الطبيعة و مع القدر و مع الله.. و الوحدة بالنسبة لهذه النفس ليست وحشة بل أنس.. و ليست خواء بل امتلاء.. و ليست فراغا بل انشغال.. و ليست صمتا.. بل حوار داخلي و استشراف نوراني..

و هي ليست وحدة بل حضن آمن.. و عذابها الوحيد هو خطيئتهاو احساسها بالبعد و الانفصال عن خالقها.. و هو عذاب يخفف منه الايمان بأن الله عفو كريم تواب يحب عباده الأوابين المستغفرين.. و هي أقرب ما تكون الى ربها و هي ساجدة ذائبة حبا و خشوعا.. يقول بعض الأولياء الصالحين: نحن في لذة لو عرفها الملوك لقاتلونا عليها بالسيوف، و لكن أنى للملوك أن يعرفوها و هم غرقى الدنيا و سجناء ماديتها.

إن السبيل الى ميلاد تلك النفس و خروجها من شرنقتها الطينية هو الدين و الطاعة و المجاهدة و لا يوجد سبيل آخر لميلادها.. فالعلم لا يلد الا غرورا و الفن لا يلد الا تألها.. و الدين وحده هو المحضن الذي تتكامل فيه النفس و تبلغ غايتها. و بين العلماء مرضى نفوس مشغولون باختراع القنابل و الغازات السامة. و بين الفنانين متألهون غرقى اللذائذ الحسية و الدين وحده هو سبيل النفس الى كمالها و نجاتها و شفائها

و النفس المؤمنة نفس عاملة ناشطة في خدمة اللآخرين و نجدتهم لا يقطعها تأملها عن الشارع و السوق و زحام الأرزاق.. و العمل عندها عبادة.. و العرق و الكدح علاج و دواء و شفاء من الترف و أمراض الكسل و التبطل.. حياتها رحلة أشواق و مشوار علم و رسالة خدمة.. و العمل بابها الى الصحة النفسية.. و منتهى أملها أن تظل قادرة على العمل حتى النفس الأخير و أن تموت و هي تغرس شجرة أو تبني جدارا أو توقد شمعة.. تلك النفس هي قارب نجاة، و هي في حفظ من أي مرض نفسي، و لا حاجة بها الى طب هذه الأيام، فحياتها في ذاتها وصفة سعادة..

المصدر : كتاب عالم الأسرار للدكتور مصطفى محمود


Junior Member

Beautiful reminder and makes a good khutbah. I would change one line in it:

"One of the Awliya' of Allah [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], said, “We are enjoying a pleasure (of closeness to Allah), which if the kings taste, they would fight us to attain it!”"

Unless he was of the 10 companions guaranteed paradise or one the people the Prophet :saw: mentioned would enter paradise we cannot make any claims.

I would change it to:

One of the Awliya' of Allah, insha-Allaah.

Other than that I found it very moving.


Smile for Allah
SubhanAllah, it's a beautiful, inspiring post. And I agree it would make a wonderful khutba. Thank you for posting this.

Umme Ali

Junior Member
Jazak Allah for such thought provoking article. Most apt with reference to present day wear and tear that we are facing each day. This article just lifted me up from my present mental state. I was prescribed tranqualizers by my doctor. Inshallah I will do much better now My rab is my savior, Ya Hayyo Ya Qayyomo Be Rahmatika Astaghaiz

May we be blessed by HIM.Ameen


Junior Member

that was an interesting read. However, i think that the believer should always strive their best in life and not just sit back/give up.