busy oneself with

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See: engage, occupy, ply
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An Aitekaf observer should busy oneself with the beneficial as much as one meaningfully can, such as: voluntary prayer; reciting the Book of Allah, with reflection, contemplation, and passion remembrance of Allah, in all its forms; gaining beneficial knowledge, and listening to inspiring religious discourses.
The word in its verb form means, "To repair in an unskillful, clumsy, or makeshift way; to busy oneself with a thing without useful result.
On the one hand there is the spiritual advice he so often offered, that to be freed of a persistent temptation, one needs to "let it go" and busy oneself with other things rather than to fight and struggle and thus to spread the itch by scratching it.