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

Translated by:
Umm Sufyaan Fatimah

Narrated ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallaah ‘anhaa) [1], “A man came to the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Verily, you are more beloved to me than myself, and verily you are more beloved to me than my family and more beloved to me than my children. And verily, when I am at home and I remember you then I cannot be patient until I come to you and I look at you. And when I contemplate about my death and your death, I know that when you enter Paradise, you will be raised with the Prophets and that if I enter Paradise, I fear that I will not see you.”
The Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) did not respond to him until Jibreel (‘alayh as-salaam) brought down this Aayah [2],
“And whoso obey Allaah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, As-Siddiqeen, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!””
Narrated Anas Ibn Maalik (radhiyallaah ‘anh) [3], “A man asked the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) about the Hour saying, “When will the Hour be?” He said, “What have you prepared for it?” He said, “Nothing, except that I love Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam).” He then said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
Anas said, “We had never been as glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) ‘You will be with those whom you love.’” Anas said, “Hence, I love the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and Abaa Bakr and ‘Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.””
[1] Authentic. Refer to: As-Silsilah As-Saheehah.
[2] Soorah An-Nisaa’, Aayah 69.
[3] Related by Al-Bukhaariy and Muslim.
  • Transcribed from: When Love Overpowers Patience ||
If he sincerely obeys and worships Allaah, every matter that he hates will be good for him; but if he abandons obedience and worship, every matter that he loves will be evil and bad for him. Whoever truly knows Allaah, His Names and His Attributes, will surely know that any distress or harm that has happened to him bears interest and benefits that his mind cannot comprehend. . .

Loving parents do the same to their children because they understand the benefits. Sometimes the cure for the child is painful, but the parent will still do it and all this will be done the sake of mercy and pity. Perhaps the parent will perceive some benefit for the child by not financing him, so he will not give to him, because he knows that these are the important causes of decay. He also prevents him from many pleasures in order to protect him. The Most Just among judges, the Most Merciful among those who are merciful, and the Most Knowledgeable among those who have knowledge, who is more merciful to His servants than themselves, their fathers, and their mothers, if He allows them to be inflicted with evil, that will be better for them than not inflicting them. If they had the chance to choose for themselves, they would never be able to benefit by it. However, Allaah, the Exalted, manages their lives according to His knowledge, wisdom, and mercy. . .

Only those who knows and believe in His Names and Attributes do not accuse Him or doubt one of His judgments but only those who do not know His Names and Attributes argue with Him about His judgments and doubt His Wisdom and fail to submit to His judgment. They even oppose it with their spoiled minds, false opinions and unjust policies. They neither knew their Lord, or obtain any benefit. Whenever a servant has this knowledge, he will live in a Paradise on earth before he enters the Paradise of the Hereafter. he will be satisfied and pleased with his Lord and will be satisfied with the paradise in this worldly life. The servant will be pleased with whatever happens to him because he knows that it has been chosen by Allaah and this is acceptance of Allaah as his Lord, Islaam as his religion, and Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) as his Messenger. The one who is not able to do this will never taste the sweetness of faith. This pleasure depends upon how much he comprehends the justice of Allaah, His Wisdom, Mercy and Good Choice. The more he knows, the more pleasure and satisfaction he will have. Allaah judges his servants according to justice, benefit, wisdom and mercy.
Ibn ul-Qayyim ~ Al-Fawaa’id

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…)

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…)

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.

وَأَن لَّوِ اسْتَقَامُوا عَلَى الطَّرِيقَةِ لَأَسْقَيْنَاهُم مَّاءً غَدَقًا

“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…)

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.”

[Suuratush-Shoorah (42):30]

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…)

Hassan Al Basree said:

We laugh and yet – who knows? – perhaps Allaah has looked at some of our works and said: “I will not accept anything from you.” Woe to you, son of Aadam! Can you fight Allaah? Whoever disobeys Allaah is fighting Him. By Allaah! I have met seventy veterans of Badr. Most of their garments were wool. Had you seen them you would have said they are crazy, and had they seen the best among you they would have said: “Those people will have no part in the Hereafter.”

Had they seen the worst among you they would have said: “Those people do not believe in the Day of Reckoning.” I have seen people for whom this world was cheaper than the dust under their feet. I have seen people the like of whom would come home at night, not finding more than his own portion of food, and yet say: “I shall not put all of this into my belly. I shall certainly give some away for Allaah’s sake.” Then he would give away some of his food in charity, even if he were more in need of it than its recipient.

Narrated from `Alqama ibn Marthad by Abu Nu`aym in Hilya al-Awliya’ (1985 ed. 2:134).

All thanks and praises are due to Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) Lord of all that exists, the final triumph will truly be for those who fear and obey Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) and transgression is only started against those who are unjust. Verily, there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah, the Ilaah (God) of the earlier and later creations, Sustainer of the heavens and earths, Owner and King of the Day of Judgment.

There is no success, except through Allaah’s obedience, nor might, except through being humble before His Might, nor richness, except by being meek to His Mercy, nor guidance, except by embracing His Light. There is no life, except by earning His good Pleasure, nor delight, except by earning closeness to Him. The heart can neither earn success, nor righteousness, except by being sincere to Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta’aala) and Loving Him, Alone.


Verily, it is Allaah Who appreciates when He is obeyed, pardons and forgives and when He is disobeyed, accepts the supplication when He is invoked and rewards when His call is complied with.

  • Transcribed from: Za’aadul Ma’ad fi Hadyi Khairiil ‘Ibaad | Ibn Qayyim ul-Jawziyyah

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