Bismillahi Walhamdulillahi Wal khairu Wash Sharru biMashi-atillah…
Imam Al-Haddad radiaAllahu anhu said : –
The one who remedies himself until he removes all these causes (ignorance, weak faith, long hopes and eating syubhah food) by doing their opposites in the manner that we have mentioned, will become…never tire of his acts of obedience nor ever get bored from any good thing. He would neither be attracted to nor find comfort in passionate desires and ephemereal pleasures . However, one should not expect this in his initial stages for it is only achieved after much struggle; such is the pattern that Allah has created “And you will find no changing in Allah’s wont” (wa lan tajida lisunnatillahi tabdiila) [33:62].
A man should first of all avoid all transgressions, wean himself from passionate desires and strive against the heaviness and the difficulties of presevering in obedience ta’at, until he proves the sincerity of his approach to Allah ta’ala, Transcendent and Exalted is He and his desire to reform his heart and improve his condition. Allah will then look upon him and cover him with His invisible solicitude/care. He will then find such delight and pleasure as cannot be exceeded in acts of obedience and goodness and such extreme bitterness and aversion for passionate desires that for these to simply cross his mind would become unimaginable.
That is Allah favor which He bestows upon whom He will. He has said, Blessed and Exalted is He : “Those who strive in Us, We shall guide them on Our paths” [39:69]
-Excerpt from “The Sublime Treasures, Answers to Sufi Questions” by Imam Al-Haddad translated by Mostafa al-Badawi.