Benefit: Ibn Taymiyyah on Loving a Woman Unrestrictedly

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Ibn Taymiyyah: Anyone who attaches his heart to the creation for aid, provision or guidance will inevitably surrender his heart to it. He becomes enslaved to it (the creation) according to how much he is in need of it, even if—apparently—he seems to be the master and provider who is in charge of its affairs. The intelligent one looks at the reality of things, not its appearance.

If a man is (greatly) in love with a woman, even if she was permissible for him, his heart will remain in her captivity. She will be in charge of him and do with him as she pleases. Although he outwardly appears to be her master, because he is her husband, in reality, he is her captive and her possession, especially if she is aware of his unrestricted love and dire need for her, and that (he thinks) she is irreplaceable. 

Indeed, the captivity of the heart is worse than the captivity of the body, as the enslavement of the heart is worse than the enslavement of the body.

Source: Majmūʿ of ibn Taymiyyah (10/185)
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

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