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Giving Up Sins – An Easy Prescription (#4)

7. Ponder over the fact that Allah Ta‘ala has blessed us with the gift of sight, hearing, health, wealth, and so much else. He has also granted us the gift of respect. However, what Allah Ta’ala gives, He can also take away. He has clearly stated that ingratitude for His gifts will draw very severe punishment. So, is sin not abuse and ingratitude for the gifts of sight, of heart, of mind, of limbs? Allah Ta’ala says in the Quraan Majeed:

“If you are grateful, I will most certainly increase for you (My favours) but if you show ingratitude, My punishment is indeed severe.” (Surah Ebrahim v7)

Through a little contemplation on the consequences of such behaviour and a little bit of mujaahadah (striving) – which entails ‘not doing’, the sicknesses will be cured.

Giving Up Sins – An Easy Prescription (#3)

6. Ponder over the fact that the angel of death does not give respite. It must not be that whilst obeying the nafs in sinful pleasures, the angel of death visits; and departure is in disgrace, and return to Allah Ta‘ala is at a time when He is angry, and that death is an embarrassment to the person, the family and community who find out that death came in sin. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all from death in a state of transgression which has become very common these days.

Whereas in the past, we heard of Muslims dying in sajdah, in a state of fasting, while occupied in recitation of Quraan Majeed, in other noble actions, today, we hear and read of Muslims dying in prostitute quarters, in rave clubs, while viewing pornography, or due to drugs and other intoxicants, etc.

Death visits more often, very unexpectedly, and no true Muslim would want to be seized by the angel of death when Allah Ta‘ala is displeased. I often say, “We now have instant tea, instant coffee, instant cereal, instant pudding and so many other things on the market that are instant. However, we are also living in times when death is instant.”  So any sin is too much of a risk in the face of the reality of death. As is commonly said:

“Your resurrection will be how you have died, and you will die in the manner you have lived.”

Would any Muslim want to rise up on the day of judgment in sin, for all of mankind to witness what kind of life he led?

(to be continued insha-Allah)

Giving Up Sins – An Easy Prescription (#2)

Moulana Yunus Patel (rahimahullah) further mentioned:

2. Developing the conscious awareness that Allah Ta’ala is with us; He is watching us, He is hearing us, He knows all and everything about us. We cannot hide from Him; we cannot conceal our actions from Him. Then should we not feel ashamed that in His Presence, we are disobeying Him? Is it not shameless that we engage in sins in His very presence?

My respected shaikh, Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah) said very aptly in poetry:

 “If you hide and commit sins,

Someone is watching from above (Allah Ta’ala)”

3. Keep in mind that the angels are witness to all our actions; that the earth is recording our behaviour and that all of our actions are being noted in our books of deeds and that we are inevitably accountable to Allah Ta’ala on the day of judgment. In this manner, we will develop shame and modesty, which will make it easy to restrain from haraam.

4. Added to this, our actions are also presented to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). We should give thought to whether our actions are a source of joy or grief to him (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Contemplating just this should make us think a hundred times before moving in the direction of sin.

5. Muhaasabah is taking an account of one’s actions. We should reflect over our deeds for the day and seek forgiveness for the shortcomings and resolve not to return to those bad deeds.We should also express gratitude on good deeds and make du‘aa for an increase in them.

(to be continued insha-Allah)