9 Reasons to avoid sins or else…

Warning!  Keep away from all sin, (minor & major), and beware of it and avoid it, for sin is bad news for the one who does it.  Why? Well, there are 9 reasons:

1. You will be Be deprived of provision. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘A person is deprived of provision because of the sins that he or she commits.’” [Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022]

2. Things will become difficult for him or her, so that he or she does not turn his/her attention towards any matter, but he/she finds the way blocked or he/she finds it difficult. By the same token, for the one who fears Allah, things are made easy for him or her.

3. You will be deprived of knowledge because knowledge is light that Allah causes to reach the heart, and sin extinguishes that light. When Imam As-Shaafa’i sat before Maalik and read to him, he admired him because of the intelligence, alertness and understanding that he saw in him. He said, “I think that Allah has caused light to enter your heart, so do not extinguish it with the darkness of sin.”

4. Sin weakens a person’s willpower.

  • It gradually strengthens their will to commit sin,
  • and weakens their will to repent until there is no will in their heart to repent at all… so they seek forgiveness and expresses repentance, but it is merely words on the lips, like the repentance of the liars, whose hearts are still determined to commit sin and persist in it.
  • This is one of the most serious diseases that are most likely to lead to doom.
  • Now, do you understand why some people complain: “I don’t feel joy in worship” or “reading the Quran doesn’t move me”.

5. It deprivation of worship and obedience.

  • If sin brought no punishment other than that, it prevents a person from doing an act of worship which is the opposite of sin, and cuts off access to other acts of worship, that would be bad enough.
  • So the sin cuts off a third way and a fourth way and so on, and because of the sin he/she is cut off from many acts of worship, each of which would have been better for him/her than this world and everything in it.
  • So he/she is like a person who eats food that is bound to cause a lengthy sickness, and thus he/she is deprived of many other foods that are better than that. And Allah is the One Whose help we seek.

6. When someone sins, there is sense of alienation that comes between a person and their Lord, and between them and other people. One of the past righteous predecessors said: “If I disobey Allah, I see that in the attitude of my riding beast and my wife.”

7. Even worst, sin breeds sin until it dominates a person and they cannot escape from it.

8. The sinners will find darkness in their heart, which they will feel just as they feel the darkness of night.

  • So this darkness affects their heart as the physical darkness affects their vision.
  • For obedience is light and disobedience is darkness.
  • The stronger the darkness grows, the greater becomes their confusion, until they fall into innovation, misguidance and other things that lead to doom, without even realizing,
  • like a blind man who goes out in the darkness of the night, walking alone.
  • This darkness grows stronger until it covers the eyes, then it grows stronger until it covers the face, which appears dark and is seen by everyone.
  • Abdullah ibn Abbas said: “Good deeds make the face light, give light to the heart, and bring about ample provision, physical strength and love in people’s hearts. Bad deeds make the face dark, give darkness to the heart, and bring about physical weakness, a lack of provision and hatred in people’s hearts.”

9. A sinner becomes desensitized and will no longer find sin abhorrent, so it will become his habit, and he will not be bothered if people see him committing the sin or talk about him.

How this starts is that the heart gets stained by sin, and if the sin increases then the stain grows bigger until it becomes the raan (covering of sin and evil deeds), then it increases until it becomes a seal, and the heart becomes covered and sealed.

If that happens after a person had been guided and had understood, then his or her heart is turned upside down, and at that point the Shaytan gains control over him or her, and directs him or her as he (the shaytan) wants.

So be-careful my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, and do your best to avoid any sin as much as possible.  May Allah guide us and protect us from All evil!

So what is the best way to erase sins you ask?

Well!  The traces of sin may be erased by means of:

  • sincere repentance,
  • good deeds that erase sin,
  • Wudu
  • the five daily prayers
  • Hajj and Umrah
  • heartfelt affirmation of the Oneness of Allah (Tawheed),

[End quote from Hidaayat al-Hayaari, p. 130 ]

The greatest of good deeds is Tawheed (affirmation of the Oneness of Allah), and the gravest of evil deeds is kufr (disbelief) and shirk (ascribing partners to Allah).

Also, saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (there is no god but Allah) is the greatest of good deeds, and the most sublime of the branches of faith, as the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Faith has seventy-odd – or sixty-odd – branches, the best of which is saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, and the least of which is removing something harmful from the road, and modesty is a branch of faith.”  [Narrated by al-Bukhaari (9) and Muslim (35), from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah. ]

In another hadith (Hadith Qudsi), the prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever does a good deed will have a ten fold reward and more, and whoever does a bad deed its recompense is one like it, or I will forgive him or her.” [Muslim narrated in his Saheeh (2687)]

In fact, Allah offers a great promise to those who fear Him:

“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his [her] duty to Him, He will make a way for him[her] to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him[her] from (sources) that he or she never could imagine” [at-Talaaq 65:2]

The one who fears Allah is the one:

  • who fulfills obligatory duties and avoids things that are forbidden.
  • That also includes the one who sins, then repents and turns to Allah,
  • and the one who goes back to sin, then repents from it again, because piety or fearing Allah, may He be exalted, means doing what is enjoined and refraining from what is forbidden.

It is not stipulated that the pious one who fears Allah should be infallible and free of bad deeds, otherwise most people would be deprived of this honour and virtue.

For every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent. The one who sins then repents is one of the pious for whom there is the hope of the promise mentioned in the verse quoted above.

The grace of Allah is vast, and what matters is that each individual should focus on striving.

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