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Postmodern sin: Acedia

Not Caring About Anything

Deadliest Sin Of Our Time

From Sh. Hamza Yusuf's Presentation


By Omar KN


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In Islamic terms 'Acedia' would be on the one hand wastefulness and on the other carelessness (ghaflah ).

Wastefulness because this station of the soul is wasting the life of the person with trivialities, and it is wasting the good things ( the ni´mah ) which were either given or promised by Allah.

For the careless soul cannot have reverence of Allah (taqwa ), it does not care about anything (not about much), andit is under the control of the ego, open to the wisperings of the shaytan (rajim ).

The gallery images are from a presentation by Sh. Hamza Yusuf on Falah Channel [1]


- Acedia is essentially a flight from the divine that leads to not even caring that one does not care. The ultimate expression of this is a despair that ends in suicide.

- not living in the present and seeing the future as overwhelming

- a lack of caring, of being unfeeling about things, whether that be your appearance, hygiene, your relationships, your community's welfare, the world's welfare etc

- too many choices, lacking true commitment, of being "a slave from within"

- forgetfulness about "the one thing needful": remembrance of God.

- slothful inability to make decisions that leads baroque tragic heroes to passively accept their fate, rather than resisting it. [2]


Quran


23_115

{ Then did you think that We created you uselessly (in jest) and that ye would not be brought back to Us (for account)? } 23-115




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Source: Falah Channel

”A very beautiful reminder from Shaykh Hamza Yusuf about the problem of addictive technological gadgets, especially cell phones and the problem of distractibility in modern times.” [n1]

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  1. Sh. Hamza Yusuf on Falah Channel
    Devil of Noonday, Deadliest Sin Of Our Time - Cell Phones

  2. en.wikipedia: Acedia




* Living Islam – Islamic Tradition *