Characteristics of Faith: Moderation, by Sidi Ahmad Zarruq
“Excessiveness in worship is prohibited (in Islam) just like delaying it (an obligatory act past its obligatory time such as missing a prayer). Moderation is taking from both positions (a balance between rigidness and hyper liberalism) as this is the best of affairs as the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] said: The best of affairs are the moderate ones. [related by al-bayhaqi in a mursal form] Allah [the Most High] says, And they who when they spend, are neither extravagant nor miserly, and (keep) between these just means [Chapter 25/67] also, …. and do not utter your prayer with a very raised voice nor be silent with regard to it, and seek a way between these. [chapter 17/110]. The Prophet (sa) said, As for me, I pray (the night vigil) and I sleep, I fast and I break my fast. [a sound hadith] Thus, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] would pray for half of the night, a third or two thirds. And the night prayer of the Prophet [peace and blessing of Allah be upon him] was equal to half of the night in comparison to one who prayed the whole night or one who slept through it. Also, the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him] guided ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amir bin al’Aas towards moderation by encouraging him to fast half of the time, pray half of the night and finish the Qur’an in seven days etc. Thus, moderation is a must for every desired issue, because it is easier on the soul and facilitates the sustainment of worship.”
[Qawa’id al-Tasawwuf pg. 47]
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