Explanations Of Mubah, Azimat And Rukhsats

My dear son! Here is my sole piece of advice:
You are so young, and the alley is beset with vice.

My precious son! You must avoid excess in the free area of mubah [1]. You must use your recreation of mubah only as much as you need. And this little amount you must utilize with the intention of doing your duties as a born slave of Allahu ta'ala. For instance, as you eat something you must intend to provide energy for the observance of Allahu ta'ala's commandments, while dressing yourself, you must have in mind covering your parts of awrat and protecting yourself against cold or hot weather, and you must bear these altruistic motives whenever you are to begin an activity of mubah, [e.g. when you study].

Our superiors preferred (the choice called) azimat [2], and they kept as far away as they could from the rukhsats [3]. (In other words, they preferred the more meritorious and difficult way and avoided having recourse to the facilitated way.) Another aspect of azimat is moderation in using the mubahs. If this fortune, this blessing proves to be beyond you, then at least you should not overflow the area of mubah and trespass on the district of harams [4] and dubious acts.

Allahu ta'ala, who is very compassionate and generous towards His born slaves, allows them to entertain themselves within the promenade of mubah. He has made so many things mubah. What a gravely insolent behaviour it would be towards Allahu ta'ala to leave aside all this multitude of varieties of pleasure that are halal [5] and to indulge into the few forbidden pleasures. Furthermore, He created the same flavour in the halals as well as in the harams; in fact, there is even more satisfaction in the halals. Aside from the pleasure intrinsic in the various blessings that are halal, what could be more enjoyable than doing something which one knows Allahu ta'ala approves? And what could be more excruciating for a person than the consciousness that his master does not like his conduct?

The moments when Allahu ta'ala will express His approval in Paradise will be sweeter than all the other blessings of Paradise. On the other hand, the same moments, as Allahu ta'ala will also manifest His reprimands in Hell, will be more poignant than all the other sorts of torment in Hell.

[1] mubah: (act, thing) neither ordered nor prohibited; permitted.
[2] azima: difficult way of doing a religious act or affair: taqwa.
[3] rukhsa: to permit; easy way of doing a religious act or affair.
[4] haram: an action, word or thought prohibited by Allahu ta'ala.
[5] halal: (act, thing) permitted in Islam.