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Some Effects of Sins on a Muslim Individual

MIT
8/31/2017
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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his household and Companions.

Allah does not command men but to do what will bring them benefits in this world and the Hereafter. Hence, sins are among the greatest evils that affect men in this world and the next. Sins had actually removed many blessings and caused many afflictions. We will mention here some of the effects of sin on a Muslim individual as described by the scholars (may Allah have mercy on them all).

 

1 – Being deprived of knowledge for knowledge is light that Allah causes to reach the heart, and sin extinguishes that light. When al-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.”

 

2 – Being deprived of provision and blessing. In Musnad Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘A man is deprived of provision because of the sins that he commits.’” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan/sound by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).

 

3 -Sins weaken the hearts will and resolve so that the desire for disobedience becomes strong and the desire to repent becomes weak bit by bit until the desire to repent is removed from the heart completely.

4 -Disobedience inherits humiliation and lowliness. Honor, all of it, lies in the obedience of Allah. Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak said: I have seen sins kill the hearts and humiliation is inherited by their continuity. The abandonment of sins gives life to the hearts and the prevention of your soul is better for it.

 

5 -Sense of alienation that comes between a person and his Lord, and between him and other people. One of the salaf (righteous predecessors) said: “If I disobey Allah, I see that in the attitude of my riding beast and my wife.”

 

6 -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. Therefore, the sin cuts off a third way and a fourth way and so on, and because of the sin he is cut off from many acts of worship, each of which would have been better for him than this world and everything in it. Therefore, he is like a man who eats food that is bound to cause a lengthy sickness, and thus he is deprived of many other foods that are better than that. Moreover, Allah is the One whose help we seek.

7 – He will become 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.

For the leaders of immorality, this is the ultimate shamelessness in which they find great pleasure, such that they feel proud of their sin and will speak of it to people who do not know that they have done it, saying, “O so and so, I did such and such.” Such people cannot be helped and the path to repentance is blocked for them in most cases. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “All of my ummah (followers) will be fine except for those who commit sin openly, and that includes cases where Allah conceals a person’s sin, but the following morning he exposes himself and says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night, so he shamelessly exposes himself when all night his Lord had concealed his sin.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5949; Muslim, 2744).

 

8 -Things become difficult for him, so that he does not turn his attention towards any matter but he finds the way blocked or he finds it difficult. For the same reason, for the one who fears Allaah, things are made easy for him.

 

Hence, the impact of sins affects the sinners and others and causes harm to all. Abu Hurayrah said, "Indeed the bustards do die in their nest as a result of the sin committed by man." Mujaahid said, "The animals do curse the sinners among men whenever there is a severe drought and rain is withheld and they say: This is evil the impact of the sins of men."

 

Sins embolden devils to attack man with insinuations, fright, and sorrow as they make him neglect all that can bring him benefit. Sins also make devilish people attack him either in his presence or in absence, as they embolden his servants, children and neighbors to maltreat him. One of the righteous predecessors said, "Whenever I commit a sin, I see the impact of that in the behavoiur of my wife and my riding animal towards me." This is because Allah do protect the believers who obey Him from the evils of this world and the Hereafter." Allah says:

 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدَافِعُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا...

"Truly, Allah defends those who believe." (Al-Hajj 22:38)

 






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