Batar – Wantonness

Diseases: Batar (wantonness)

Batar is wantonness or excessive mirth, too much exuberance. Inability to bear the blessings of this world (reckless extravagance). “How many cities have we destroyed they were so happy with their livelihood now look at their empty places?”.
Every child in America is born approximately $40,000 in debt because of the prior generations living beyond their means.

Treatment

Treat it with hunger and thoughts of death and al-akhirah. In traditional medicine related to spiritual cosmology too much food killed the spiritual heart. Which is seen in the physical heart too. Too much food causes the physical heart to literally harden (the heart is a metaphor for the spiritual world).

Abu Madyan Shuaib, one of the great spiritual masters of North Africa known for Tassawuf- stressed on the importance of fasting. The best fast is the 3 days of the month (13,14,15) According to the Maliki madhab. 3 * 12=36 *10 (hasanat)= 360…It is the equivalent of fasting everyday. There was a Sahaba that approached the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and asked him to advice him on fasting. The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told him to fast Yaumul Bayadh (3 middle days of the lunar month), the Sahaba said he could do more, so the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told him to fast every Monday and Thursday, the Sahaba said he could do more, so the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told him to fast the fast of Dawud (every other day) and do no more than that. The Sahaba fasted the fast of Dawud and when he got old, he said he wished that he followed the initial advice of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) (ie. to fast only 3 days of the month). This hadith illustrates a couple of things, one that when the Sahaba decided to take on an act, they did it consistently. Also, that we should try to do less, and keep increasing it as our strength permits.
Doing dhikr of the states of akhira is important.

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