Effects of Abandoning Sins
Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:
“Glorified be Allah, Lord of the whole of the creation. If the following were the only benefits from abandoning sins and disobedience [they would suffice]:
The maintenance of decency, the protection of honor and the preservation of dignity. The safeguarding of wealth, which Allah has made a provision for the benefits of this world and the Hereafter. The creation’s love for such a person and their acceptance of him. A good life, relaxation of the body, strength of the heart, serenity of the soul, softness of the heart and happiness.
Safety from the terrorization of the wicked and the sinners. Lack of depression, anxiety and sorrow. Self-respect which prevents tolerance of humiliation. It protects the light of the heart from being extinguished by the darkness of disobedience. An escape from that which brings anguish to the wicked and the sinners. Sustenance is made easy for him from avenues that he would never imagine.
Things that are difficult for the people of disobedience and sin are made easy. Righteous deeds are made easy for him. Knowledge is simplified for the individual. Praise among the people. A lot of supplication is made for him. The beauty acquired by his face. The respect for him placed in the hearts of the people. Them supporting and helping him if he is wronged and harmed.
[The fact that] they defend his honor when the backbiter backbites him. The speed with which his supplication is answered. The disappearance of alienization between him and Allāh. The closeness of the angels. The distance of the devils of mankind and the Jinn from him. The people competing to assist him and fulfil his needs. Their request for his affection and companionship.
Him not fearing death; rather, he is delighted with it because he is going to His Lord, to meet Him and to his destination, which will be with Him. The insignificance of the world in his heart and importance of the Hereafter to him. His covering the prized dominion [i.e. Paradise] and ultimate success there.
Tasting the sweetness of obedience and the sweetness of faith. The bearers of the Throne and the angels around it supplicating for him. The [fact that the] scribes are delighted with him and supplicate for him at all times. The growth of his intellect, understanding, faith and knowledge.
His attainment of Allah ‘s love. Allāh nurturing him, and Him being delighted with his repentance. This is how Allāh recompenses the servant with delight and pleasure, and there is no share of His delight nor pleasure for disobedience, in any way whatsoever.
These are some of the effects, in this world, for abandoning disobedience.
When the servant dies, the angels meet him with glad tidings of Paradise from his Lord and that there is no fear nor sadness upon him. He travels from the prison of this world and its confinement to a garden from the gardens of Paradise, where he will experience bliss until the Day of Resurrection.
On the Day of Resurrection, the people will be in heat and sweat, and he will be under the shade of the Throne. When they depart from before Allah, he will be taken on the Right along with the pious Awliya of Allah and His successful party.
…ذٰلِكَ فَضۡلُ اللّٰهِ يُؤۡتِيۡهِ مَنۡ يَّشَآءُؕ وَاللّٰهُ ذُو الۡفَضۡلِ الۡعَظِيۡمِ…
”That is the bounty of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.” [Al-Hadid: 21]” [Al-Fawa’id, p. 224-225]
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Originally posted on February 16, 2022 @ 8:21 pm