In the Name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
Complete happiness lies in obedience to Allāh, and anguish is found in disobeying and opposing Him.
~ Tafsīr As-Sa’dī
Umm Sufyaan Fatimah
July 18, 2010
From among the punishment of sins is that they sever the servant from his patron and most beneficial, sincerest advisor of all creation – the angel. In addition, the disobedient one is separated from the happiness found within being near to the angel. Instead, sins cause the enemy of man to draw near to him. This enemy is the most deceitful creature of all of the creation and the greatest harm to the sons of Adaam. He is Shaytaan.
When the servant disobeys Allaah, the angel draws away from him according to the degree of his disobedience. Even if a person tells a lie, the angels separates from the liar. From among the statements of the past, “When the servant utters a lie, the angel distances himself a mile from the stench of the smell.” Consider, if the angel separates itself from an individual on account of a lie, then how much more will its separation be due to a greater, more disgusting sin?
Some of the Salaf have said, “When the spoken sin is committed, the earth shrieks about it to Allaah and the angels flee to their Lord and complain about what they have witnessed.” (more…)
July 9, 2010
From among the punishments of sin is that they encourage various species of the creation – which the servant is incapable of opposing, to advance against him with injury. Consequently, equipped with temptations, whispers, making him afraid, and harm, the Shayateen grow bold against the sinner. They go forward in opposition to him, causing the servant to forget. His well-being lies within remembering and his destruction will be the result of forgetting.
These unseen creatures wage attacks against the human being until they drive him to disobey Allaah. Furthermore, they annoyingly assault the Son of Aadam in his presence and his absence. His family, servants, children, neighbors and even his animals all defy him.
Some of the Salaf used to say, “Indeed I am disobeying Allaah! I know this because of the behavior of my wife and livestock.” In the same manner, the leaders became bold against the sinner with punishments that, if they were justly carried out, the legal penalties of Allaah would be inflicted upon him. (more…)
July 5, 2010
From among the punishment of sins is that they destroy the blessing of being granted a long-life, bestowment of provisions by Allaah, knowledge, good deeds and obedience.
Overall, sins destroy the blessings of this life and the next. You will not find fewer blessings in the lifetime, religion and the Dunyaa than in the life of a disobedient servant to Allaah. Nothing removes the blessings of Allaah from the face of the earth except disobedience.
“If they (non-Muslims) had believed in Allaah and went on the right way (Islaam), We would surely have bestowed on them water (rain) in abundance.”
[Suuratul Jinn (72):16] (more…)
June 17, 2010
From among the punishment of sins is that they cause blessings to removed and calamity and hardship to descend. Blessings are taken from the servant because of his sins. ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said, “No calamity befalls a person except on account of sin and no calamity is lifted except due to repentance.”
Allaah the Most High has said,
“And whatever misfortunes befall you it is because of what you have earned with your hands.”
And He stated,
“That is because Allaah will never change a grace which He has bestowed upon a people until they change what is in their own selves.”
[Suuratul Anfaal (8):53]
Allaah has informed that He will not remove from the sons of Aadam, the good things He has granted to them unless they alter that which is within them. That is to say, a person changes obedience to Allaah to disobedience to Allaah, and gratitude to ingratitude. He turns from the causes of Allaah’s pleasure to the causes of Allaah’s wrath. Thus, when the servant transforms, a befitting compensation is specially prepared to suit his condition. And, your Lord is not a wrongdoer to His servants. In the same manner, if the human being changes disobedience to obedience, Allaah replaces punishment with pardon.
“Verily! Allaah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves. But when Allaah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it and they will find besides Him no protector.”
[Suurat ur-Rad (13):11] (more…)