From among the punishment of sins is the removal of honor, respect, and status within the sight of Allaah and His creation. Verily, the most honorable people in the sight of Allaah are the most righteous (those who are the most zealous in carrying out the commandments of Allaah and in avoiding His prohibitions). The nearest servants to Him are the most obedient to Him. Thus, the human being’s status and ranking is based on his dutifulness to his Lord.

Accordingly, if an individual disobeys Allaah and opposes His command, this person’s ranking is decreased in the standings of Allaah and the believers. As a result, when the masses deem this sinner to be an individual without honor, esteem and respect, they treat him as such. He lives a miserable, wretched life among the people. This sinner exists in disreputable status with them and the state of his affairs is that of a sorrowful one. He knows no true freedom, success or happiness. Surely, to live among the creation virtually unknown, the owner of a disgraceful reputation, with no honor brings about all kinds of distress, sorrow and grief. To prefer disobedience is “mere drunkenness of desires.” From among the greatest blessings that Allaah bestows upon His servant is Allaah’s raising him in position, honor and standing among mankind.

Therefore, Allaah the Most High endowed His Prophets and Messengers with that which He has not bestowed upon anyone else.

As Allaah has said:

وَاذْكُرْ عِبَادَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ أُولِي الْأَيْدِي وَالْأَبْصَارِ  ﴿٤٥﴾  إِنَّا أَخْلَصْنَاهُم بِخَالِصَةٍ ذِكْرَى الدَّارِ  ﴿٤٦﴾

“And remember Our slaves, Ibraheem, Is-haaq and Ya’qoob, owners of strength (in worshipping us) and of religious understanding. Verily, We did choose them by granting them the remembrance of the Home (in the Hereafter).”

[Sooraah Sa'd (38): 45-46]

In other words, He chose them especially and they are remembered with beautiful praise in this life. It was this same blessing that Ibraheem, the (Khaleel) Friend of Allaah, prayed for when he said,

وَاجْعَل لِّي لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ ﴿٨٤﴾

“And grant me honor on the tongues of others.”

[Sooratush-Shu'araa (26):84]

Allaah also said,

وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُم مِّن رَّحْمَتِنَا وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُمْ لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ عَلِيًّا  ﴿٥٠﴾

“And We gave them of our mercy (a good provision in plenty), and We granted them honor on the tongues of others.”

[Soorah Maryam (19):50]

And Allaah revealed about His Last Messenger,

وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ  ﴿٤﴾

“And have We not raised high your fame?”

[Sooratush-Sharh (94):4]

In accordance, the followers of the Prophets receive their portion of an elevated status and reputation among the people because of their adherence to the message of the Messengers of Allaah. And, everyone who opposes them is far away from a high ranking because of their opposition.

  • Transcribed from: Sins and their Punishments || Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullaah)
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