Ibn al Qayyim said in al Fawā’id:
There are ten matters that are not benefitted from:
- Knowledge that is not acted upon.
- Actions that lack sincerity and any guidance from the Prophet (saw).
- Wealth that has no charity given from it, so as a result, its owner does not benefit from it in the dunyā or the hereafter.
- An empty heart that is devoid of the love of Allāh (swt), as well as a desire to meet Him and finding intimacy with Him.
- A body that is inactive in worshipping and serving Him.
- Love (of Allāh) that is not governed by the pleasure of the Beloved and the fulfillment of His commandments.
- Moments of inactivity that are not used to make up for deficiencies or seizing the opportunity to do righteous deeds.
- Thinking of non-beneficial matters.
- Serving those that do not bring you closer to Allāh or benefit you in your dunyā.
- Fearing and having hope in those whose forelocks are in the hands of Allāh (swt), thus being a captive in His grasp not being able to possess any (control of) benefit, evil, death, life or resurrection.
The greatest of these losses are two, and they are considered to be the source of all losses:
- The loss of the heart.
- The loss of time.
The loss of the heart occurs when one gives preference to the dunyā over the afterlife and the loss of time occurs as a result of having false aspirations for living a long life. Therefore, all forms of evil result from following one’s desires and false aspirations whereas true success lies in following guidance and preparing to meet Allāh (swt).
How strange it is though, that when a person is faced with a (worldly) need, he exerts all of his efforts petitioning to Allāh (swt) to see to his need. However, he does not implore his Lord to ask Him to give life to his heart from the death of ignorance, shunning as well as from the despair of desires and doubts.
When the heart dies though, it will not recognise when it sins.