Category Archives: Self Reflection

হারিয়ে ফেলা জগৎ থেকে

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প্রতিটা বয়সে মানুষের একটা জগৎ থাকে।

যখন স্কুলে পড়তাম, তখন একটা জগৎ ছিল। যখন ইউনিভার্সিটিতে পড়তাম তখন একটা জগৎ ছিল। এখন কর্মজীবনে একটা জগৎ আছে।

কোন জগতের সাথে কোন জগতের মিল নেই। প্রতিটা জগৎ স্বতন্ত্র।

মানুষ যখন একটা বয়স পার করে অন্য বয়সে চলে যায়, তখন পুরনো বয়সের সাথে আগের সেই জগৎটাকেও হারিয়ে ফেলে।

চাইলেও সেই আগের জগতে ফিরে যাওয়া যায় না। এটাই প্রকৃতির নিয়ম।

হারিয়ে ফেলা সেই জগৎ থেকে আজ মনে পড়ছেঃ

নেই কোনো কল্পনা আজ তোমায় নিয়ে
নেই কোনো প্রার্থনা আজ তোমায় চেয়ে
নেই কোনো কামনা তোমায় সাজিয়ে
নেই কোনো প্রেরণা তুমি কোথায় হারিয়ে

-নেই, তাহসান

আলো আলো আমি কখনো খুঁজে পাবে না

চাঁদের আলো তুমি কখনো আমার হবে না

-আলো, তাহসান

O My Soul!

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O my soul! How do the glitters of this world make you sad when Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) promised us the hereafter, the eternal?

O my soul! Don’t you know that the promise of Allah is true, and He never breaks His promise?

O my soul! Don’t you know that Allah decrees, and His decree is precise and just?

O my soul! Don’t you know that whatever Allah has decreed for you will not miss you, and whatever He did not decree for you, will never come to you?

O my soul! Don’t you know that Allah has purchased the souls of the believers?

O my soul! Don’t you know that there is no gain except through obeying Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ)?

O my soul! Don’t you know that Allah tests only for a little while, and that if you succeed, He will grant you abundantly both in this world and the next?

O my soul! Isn’t it enough comfort for you that Allah knows what you are going through?

O my soul! How do you give up so easily when Allah has always rescued you from every difficult situation in your life even after you committed countless sins and was not grateful to Him?

O my soul! Don’t you know that Allah has promised ease after hardship?

O my soul! Have you forgotten that a believer, as informed by the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), rejoices whether a good or bad befalls him, for during good he is thankful, and during bad he is patient?

O my soul! How do you get depressed when Allah has declared that He is the wali, the Protector of the believers?

O my soul! Are you not ashamed to give up good thoughts about Allah, the Master of the Throne, so easily?

O my soul! Don’t you know that only disbelieving people lose hope from Allah!

O my soul! How do you get depressed over not getting something of this world, when your depression indicates that you are entitled something from Allah, whereas no one is entitled anything from Him, and whatever we receive is nothing but out of His Mercy?

O my soul! How do you forget that the calamity that has afflicted you is nothing but the consequences of the sins and defiant disobedience your own hands have committed?

O my soul! Are you not ashamed of your impatience before Allah?

O my soul! How quickly you forget that Allah is nearer to us than our jugular vein and that when we call out to Him, He loves to hear our voice and respond to our pleas?

O my soul! Isn’t it shameful how quickly you focus when Allah deprives you of something but only rarely it occurs to your mind the much greater blessings He has already bestowed you with without you even asking for majority of them?

O my soul! Don’t you remember that Allah is capable, and He can change your situation within a blink of an eye?

O my soul! Don’t you know that dawn is nearest when the night is darkest, and that the help of Allah arrives just when you are about to give up?

O my soul! Did Allah not promise in His mighty Book that He will make a way out for whoever has true taqwa of Him?

So ask yourself O my soul! Have you truly feared your Lord? Have you exercised the true taqwa? Have you truly kept your duty to Him? Have you obeyed Him with the love He deserves?

Letter to Mom and Dad

Dear Mom:

I am writing this letter just to let you know that I love you. I know you have always yearned to hear these words, but having been brought up in an environment where I was never taught how to express love, I have failed to express my love for you verbally. However, please know that I love you v-e-r-y dearly, and I love you from the core of my heart.

We may have our differences, but know that at the end of day, I LOVE YOU.

I do not know why, but now a days, sometimes the horrible scenario of losing you come to my mind. I dread if I will live to see that day. The thought of losing you, who have carried me nine months in her womb with utmost love, makes me numb, and if I live to see that dreadful day, I just do not know how I will cope with it.

It is not possible for me to requite your love for me. It is not possible for me to requite the sacrifices you have made for me. I only ask Allah with all sincerity that He gives you a long, healthy life full of obedience to Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), and I ask Him to reciprocate all your sacrifices with nothing but the highest level of Jannah.

Sincerely,

Your Son

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Dear Dad:

I know that I have not been the best son to you. I have lost temper many times with you, and I still do. I know that you mean well to me. Please forgive my behavior. And please know that never have I fallen short of my best behavior to you except that I have felt bad afterwards for the whole day.

May Allah bless you with a good life both in this world and the next.

Sincerely,

Your Son

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No one can articulate a better prayer for their parents than what the Most Merciful has taught us in His Glorious Book:

وَقَضَىٰ رَبُّكَ أَلَّا تَعْبُدُوا إِلَّا إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا ۚ إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلَاهُمَا فَلَا تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلَا تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلًا كَرِيمًا

وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” [The Noble Quran 17:23-24]

বৃষ্টি বিলাস ও বাস্তবতা

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ছোট বেলায় ছড়া শুনতাম আম্মুর কাছেঃ

লেখা পড়া করে যে,
গাড়ি ঘোড়ায় চড়ে সে।

সেজন্য ছোট বেলা থেকেই ঘাড় গুঁজে পড়াশোনা করেছি। এখনো করছি।

আমাদের এক স্যার বলতেন, যতই পড়িবে ততই ভুলিবে, আর যতই ভুলিবে, ততই শিখিবে।

স্যার মনে হয় ঠিকি বলতেন। শেখার কোন কূল কিনারা নাই। পড়া-শোনা আজকাল চরম বিরক্তিকর এক বাস্তবতা।

ছোটবেলায় আমাদের বাসায় কোন ইন্টারনেট-কম্পিউটার ছিল না। আমাদের বাসায় এসব জিনিসের অনুপ্রবেশ ঘটেছে অনেক পরে।

তখন পড়াশানার মাঝখানে বিরতি নেয়ার জন্য গল্পের বই পড়তাম। কবিতা পড়তাম। এইসব গল্প, কবিতা, উপন্যাস পড়া আর স্বপ্নবিলাসিতা সেই সময় অনেক ভাল লাগত।

কারণ জীবনটাই তখন গল্প উপন্যাসের বৃত্তে আবদ্ধ ছিল। জীবনের ফর্মূলা তখন ছিল রৈখিক। পড়া-শোনা করলেই গাড়ি ঘোড়ায় চড়ব, এই ফর্মূলায় চলত জীবন। বাস্তবতার সাথে সেই জীবনের কোন যোগ ছিল না।

কিন্তু বয়সের সাথে বাস্তবতার সঙ্গে মানুষের পরিচয় বাড়ে। বাবার হোটেলে মানুষ সারা জীবন থাকে না। বাবার হোটেল থেকে বিদেয় নেবার পর বাস্তবতার প্রকৃত মর্ম বোঝা যায়।

আমি নিজেও এই বাস্তবতার সাথে পরিচিত হয়েছি। এই বাস্তবতা কঠোর এবং রূঢ়।

এঈ বাস্তবতার অনেক রূপ রয়েছে।

চাকরির বাস্তবতা।

রোগ ব্যাধির বাস্তবতা।

কলহ বিবাদের বাস্তবতা।

কাজের চাপের বাস্তবতা।

বৈষম্যের বাস্তবতা।

সকল বাস্তবতার চাপে একদিন যে আমাকে সবসময় দৌড়ের উপর থাকতে হবে, সেটি একসময় কল্পনাও করিনি।

কোনদিন চিন্তা করিনি যে বাস্তবতার চাপে আমার স্বপ্ন বিলাসগুলো ধূসর হয়ে যাবে।

আজকে কাতারে বৃষ্টি হচ্ছে। মুষলধারে এরকম বৃষ্টি খুব কমই হয় কাতারে। আজকে হচ্ছে। খুব ইচ্ছা করছে মাধ্যমিক স্কুলের দিনগুলোর মত পড়ার ফাঁকে যে স্বপ্ন বিলাস করতাম, সে রকম স্বপ্ন বিলাস করি।

কিন্তু করতে পারছি না। জোর করেও পারছি না।

কারণ বাঁধা হল বাস্তবতা। গতকাল শুনলাম আমার ভাইয়ের এক ক্লাসমেটের লাংস ক্যান্সার ধরা পড়েছে।

কতই বা বয়স। মাত্র চব্বিশ। এই বয়সেই তার বাস্তবতা হচ্ছে ক্যান্সার।

অথচ সেও হয়ত মাধ্যমিকে থাকার সময় আমার মত স্বপ্ন বিলাস করত। কোথায় আজ সেই স্বপ্ন?

পল্লী কবি বলেছেনঃ

আজিকে বাহিরে শুধু ক্রন্দন ছলছল জলধারে,
বেনুবনে বায়ু নাড়ে এলোকেশ. মন যেনো চায় কারে।

আজকে প্রকৃতির এই ক্রন্দন কোন স্বপ্ন বিলাসিতার পথ দেখায় না, বরং এই ক্রন্দন বাস্তবতার কাছে আমাদের অসহায়ত্ব প্রকাশ করছে।

Udhiyyah: Are you a real man?

“Hold the cow! Hold it.”

A group of people had gathered at my neighbor’s house to sacrifice a cow on the day of Eid Al-Adha.  Everyone was yelling at each other to hold the cow before slaughtering it. However, a careful observation at the gathering revealed that everyone was actually busy at shouting at each other instead of really coming out and holding the cow.

“I am 62 years old. I am telling you guys beforehand that I will not be able to participate in the process of slaughtering or cutting the meat,” proudly announced another man.

Well, at the age of 62 the man has not stopped anything. He goes to work. He drives. He leads a normal life. He does everything like a normal person does. However, when it came to slaughtering an animal and preparing it, he suddenly became incapable of any physical labor because he was 62 years old.

I hear such shouting, yelling, and cursing every eid. I have become accustomed to such things.

Commotion breaks even in our own house.

“Mom, I am not going to the slaughter house area this year,” says my younger brother to my mom.

“Why not? When you will have a family, will you not take responsibility and perform udhiyaah (the ritual sacrifice of an animal on the day of Eid Al-Adha)?

“I will hire people to do my slaughter,” replies my younger brother.

“No, you should go and learn. There is no guarantee that you can hire people. It is hard to find people now days to do an udhiyaah.  More importantly, you have to learn.”

“Alright mom.  I will go but I will provide logistical support like buying cold drinks and sandwiches.”

It means the younger brother will provide logistical support while the father and the elder brother will oversee the slaughtering and preparing of the animal.

Truly, we have become a generation of Facebook and smartphones.

Rewarded-Eid-ul-Azha-Mubarik-eCards-Eid-al-Adha-Mubarak-Allah-Accept-Our-Sacrifices-Qurbani-002Udhiyyah is a sunnah of Prophet Ibraheem (peace be upon him), the father of all prophets, and a sunnah of our Messenger (ﷺ). The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) stayed 10 years in Madinah, and every year, he performed udhiyyah.

Unfortunately, being a generation of Facebook and smartphones, our udhiyyah spirit remains confined within Facebook and smartphone.

We begin by posting on Facebook the story of Prophet Ibraheem’s (peace be upon him) great sacrifice of his son, the verses from the Quran and the sayings of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) about the virtues of udhiyaah, and links to the lectures of shuyookhs about the blessings of sacrifice.

Once our parents buy the sacrificial animal, we use our smartphones to take pictures and videos of it. Then we post these videos and pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Our friends flock to see these pictures and post comments and shares. The more comments and shares we receive, the more we feel the spirit of sacrifice.

Through these posts, status, comments, and media sharing, we ensure that we reach the level of ihsaan in celebrating the sunnah of our father Ibraheem (peace be upon him) in the virtual world.

However, when it comes to the real business, everyone readily forgets the spirit of sacrifice. Despite possessing immense pride about the sunnah of our father Ibraheem, a few wants to get their hands dirty.

Real life demands doers, not speakers. You may talk as much as you want, but at the end of the day, to get a job done, we need doers. And remember, getting a job done is never easy. Never.

Young people do not remember that they have to be doers to become successful in life. At least they forget it at the time of udhiyyah.

Majority think like my younger brother. They think that when they start their own families, they will get things done through hiring people.

We may hire people. To earn some extra money, people of lower social and economic echelons will perform our udhiyyah for us. But doesn’t it mean that we separate the practical and spiritual aspects of the sunnah of our father Ibraheem (peace be upon him) based on social classification, and allocate the easy aspect (the spiritual one) to the rich and the difficult aspect (the practical one) to the poor?

Plus, it is possible that you may not find people. Even in our time, finding people for slaughtering and preparing an animal is difficult.

Additionally, if you do not learn yourself and get your hands dirty, how will you get your children involved practically in udhiyyah and impart them the spirit of following the sunnah of our father Ibraheem (peace be upon him)? As a Muslim, can you afford your future generations to be oblivious about a sunnah of the father of all prophets and a sunnah of the greatest Messenger (ﷺ) and abandon it?

We forget all these factors. That is why majority of today’s Muslim youth stay away from the place of udhiyyah if they can. For those who have no option but get their hands dirty, they come grudgingly. They forget that sacrificing an animal is a great act of worship.

Ayesha (رضى الله عنهَا) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “A man does not do any deed on the day of sacrifice that is more beloved to Allah than causing blood to flow from the sacrificial animal. The animal will come on the day of resurrection with its horns, hair and hooves. The blood is accepted by Allah before it reaches the ground. You should therefore carry this out whole heartedly.” [Tirmidhi 1498, Ibn e Majah 3126]

Zayd ibn Arqam (رضى الله عنه) narrates: The companions (رضى الله عنهُم) of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) asked: “O Messenger of Allah! What are these sacrificial animals?” He (ﷺ) said: “It is the way of your father (peace be upon him).” They asked: “What is there for us, O Messenger of Allah?” He (ﷺ) said: “One good deed for every hair.” They asked: “What about wool?” He said: “One good deed for every fiber of wool.” [Ibn Majah, Ahmad]

Any act of worship requires patience. Slaughtering an animal is no different. We are supposed to perform udhiyyah with taqwa.

However, because of growing up in a setting where they have never got their hands dirty, and thus never sincerely appreciated the practical aspect of udhiyyah, their grudge is exposed pretty quickly when things get little tough. It is exposed in the forms of shouting, yelling, and cursing.

It is time to think hard. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) got his hands dirty. He himself slaughtered 63 camels on the day of Eid during his farewell pilgrimage. His companions got their hands dirty. They regularly slaughtered and prepared camels. They were real men. If we claim to be their proud followers, we should also be ready to get our hands dirty and learn. Not grudgingly, but enthusiastically and proudly.  Only then, we will be performing udhiyaah in a manner where our taqwa will manifest, and we will earn the full reward.

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And the camels and cattle We have appointed for you as among the symbols of Allah ; for you therein is good. So mention the name of Allah upon them when lined up [for sacrifice]; and when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful. Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good. [The Noble Quran 22:36-37]

ছন্দপতন

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আমি কয়েক বছর ধরে ব্লগে প্রায়ই সিরিয়াস জিনিস পত্তর লিখে আসছি। কিন্তু ব্লগে লেখার মানেই কি সিরিয়াস জিনিস পত্তর লিখতে হবে?

হবে না। মাঝে মধ্যে মনে যা আসবে তাও হঠাত করে লিখে ফেলা উচিত। তাতে মন হালকা হবে। এই ব্লগ খোলার অনেক উদ্দেশ্য ছিল। একটা উদ্দেশ্য ছিল ডিউটি (যারা কাতারে থাকে, তারা দৈনন্দিন কাজকে বলে ডিউটি) থেকে ফিরে এসে লেখালেখি করে মনের স্ট্রেস কমানো। সেই উদ্দেশ্য সফল করার জন্য ব্লগের হওয়া উচিত “স্বাধীনতা আমার যেমন ইচ্ছে লেখা ওয়ার্ডপ্রেস ব্লগ”।

মানুষের জীবনটা যান্ত্রিক। ঘুম থেকে ওঠ। ডিউটিতে যাও। রুটিন মাফিক কাজকর্ম কর। বসকে খুশি কর। বাসায় ফিরো। গোসল কর। নামায পর। খাওয়া-দাওয়া কর। তারপর আবার ঘুম। ঘুমের মানে হল নিত্যদিনের চক্রের জন্য নিজেকে আবার তৈরি করা।

প্রাত্যহিক এই চক্র একঘেয়েমিকর। তবে আমরা প্রায়ই এই একঘেয়েমি জিনিসটি ধরতে পারি না। মানিয়ে নেই। আমাদের মানানোর ক্ষমতা অনেক। আমাদের মনে হতে থাকে যে এই চক্রের আবর্তনই স্বাভাবিক। এভাবে দিন যায়। রাত যায়। মাস যায়। বছর পেরোয়।

তবে মাঝে মধ্যে এই চক্রের সবকিছু ঠিকঠাক থাকলেও হঠাত একদিন ঘুম থেকে উঠে মনে হয় যে কোথাও কোন ছন্দপতন হয়েছে। সূক্ষ্ণ ছন্দপতন। বাইরে থেকে বোঝা যাবে না। কারণ বাইরের সব কিছু ঠিকঠাক থাকে। কিন্তু যার এই ছন্দপতনটা হয়, শুধু সেই বুঝতে পারে। কিন্তু কাউকে বলতে পারে না। বলতে গেলে সবাই বলে, ছন্দপতন কেন হল বা কোথায় হল—কারণ ত কিছুই দেখতে পাচ্ছি না। যার ছন্দপতন হয়েছে, সে নিজেও বলতে পারে না কারণটা কি! তবে ছন্দপতন যে হয়েছে, সেটা অনুভব করতে পারে। মনে হয় জিনিসটা খালি অনুভবের বিষয়। শুধু অনুভব করা যায়, ভাষায় প্রকাশ করা যায় না।

এই ছন্দপতন বিষয়টা টেম্পোরারি, পারমানেন্ট না। তবে যখন ছন্দপতন অবস্থা চলতে থাকে, তখন অনেক কিছুই স্বাভাবিকভাবে আসে না। জোর করে আনতে হয়। জোর করে যে কোন কিছু করাই কষ্টের। সব চেয়ে বেশি কষ্ট যখন মানুষকে জোর করে অভিনয় করতে হয়।

দুঃখের বিষয় হল, মানুষের জীবনে সবচেয়ে বেশি করতে হয় অভিনয়। এত অভিনয়ের কারণেই আমাদের জীবনে ক্লান্তি এবং স্ট্রেস বেশি। হয়ত আপনার বস আপনাকে এমন কিছু করতে বলেছে যেটি আপনার কাছে আহাম্মকি ছাড়া আর কিছুই মনে হচ্ছে না। তবে আপনাকে হাসি দিতে হবে এবং ভান করতে হবে যে আপনি এই পৃথিবীর আনন্দময় কাজগুলোর একটি করতে যাচ্ছেন।

কোন দিন হয়ত কাজেই যেতে ইচ্ছা করবে না। তবে আপনাকে অবশ্যই কাজে যেতে হবে এবং স্বাভাবিক থাকতে হবে। এবং কাজ করতে হবে।

মাঝে মধ্যে হয়ত কথা বলতে ইচ্ছা করবে না। কিন্তু হাসি মুখে কথা বলতে হবে। নইলে লোকে বলবে, ভাব লয়।

ছন্দপতন বিষয়ক এই জ্ঞান-গর্ভ লেখার এখানেই ইতি টানতে হচ্ছে। কারণ যেকোন সময় আম্মু এসে পরতে পারে এবং লেখালখি দেখলেই জিজ্ঞেসে করবে, “বাবু কি লিখছিস?” যে জিনিস শুধু অনুভব করা যায়, ব্যাখ্যা করা যায় না, সে বিষয়ে ব্যাখ্যার ঝামেলায় যাওয়ার কি কোন দরকার আছে?

35 Reasons of Why You Should Not Commit Sins

SIN

(I have written this whole article in second person. However, the ‘you’ used in this article first and foremost addresses me, the author.)

1. When you commit a sin, you show the audacity to go against Allah, who is Al-Qahhar, the Irresistible. Bilal bin Saad (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “Do not think about how small the sin is, but think about who you have just disobeyed.”

2. By sinning, you do dhulm (oppression) against your own soul. If you self-destruct yourself, who can help you? Didn’t Allah say,

وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ

And for the wrongdoers there are no helpers. [The Noble Quran 3:192]

3. When you sin, you use the blessings of Allah to go against Him. Allah has created you. He provides for you. He clothes you. He makes your affair easy for you. He cures you when you are sick. Your existence depends on His blessings and His Mercy. Yet when you sin, you turn your back from all of His favors, and use them to transgress His limits. Can there be any greater ungratefulness than this?

4. Every time you sin, you risk dying in a state of rebellion against Allah. Allah has warned the believers in the following verse:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him]. [The Noble Quran 3:102]

When you are sinning, you are not submitting to Allah. And thus by sinning, whether you perceive it or not, you dare to meet your Lord in a state of transgression.

5. Whenever you sin, you gather witness against you. These witnesses include the angels, the surrounding where you commit sin, people who witness you sinning, your own limbs, the Quran, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), and Allah Himself. How do you think you will defend yourself when Allah shall bring all these witnesses on the Day of Judgment and they will testify against you? Allah said:

الْيَوْمَ نَخْتِمُ عَلَىٰ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَتُكَلِّمُنَا أَيْدِيهِمْ وَتَشْهَدُ أَرْجُلُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ

That Day, We will seal over their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will testify about what they used to earn. [The Noble Quran 36:65]

When the following verse was recited to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), his eyes were full of tears:

فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَىٰ هَٰؤُلَاءِ شَهِيدًا

 
So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness? [The Noble Quran 4:41]

Wouldn’t it be a sad moment if the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), having striven so hard to save yourself from the Fire of Hell, has to testify against you on the Day of Judgment because of your sins?

6. This life is a gift from Allah. Allah has given you this gift so that you can use it and build a memorable legacy with Him and earn His pleasure through your actions. When you commit sins, you build a legacy that you will not want to be presented with on the Day of Judgment. Allah said in the Quran:

وَوُضِعَ الْكِتَابُ فَتَرَى الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا فِيهِ وَيَقُولُونَ يَا وَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَٰذَا الْكِتَابِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلَا كَبِيرَةً إِلَّا أَحْصَاهَا ۚ وَوَجَدُوا مَا عَمِلُوا حَاضِرًا ۗ وَلَا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا

And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.   [The Noble Quran 18:49]

7. Sin will harden your heart. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) described this process of hardening of heart in this saying: “Verily, when the believer commits a sin, a black spot appears upon his heart. If he repents and abandons the sin and seeks forgiveness, his heart will be polished; but if he increases in sin, the blackness increases. That is the covering which Allah has mentioned in his Book:

كَلَّا ۖ بَلْ ۜ رَانَ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِم مَّا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ

No! Rather, the stain has covered their hearts of that which they were earning. [The Noble Quran 83:14] [Sunan Ibn Majah]

The softness of the heart is achieved through remembering Allah and learning beneficial knowledge, namely the Quran and the Sunnah. Allah described them as the life giver of heart:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ

O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. [The Noble Quran 8:24]

 

When you commit sins, the black spots accumulated over the heart blocks the way to its life givers, and the heart loses its softness. The more you sin, the more black spots you will have on your heart, and the more black spots you have over your heart, the bigger will be your audacity to go against Allah.

8. Sin weakens your power to repent. This is the outcome of hardening of heart. A boy once kissed a girl and he came to his shaykh crying. The shaykh advised him and he repented to Allah. Unfortunately, he continued in his sin, and later he came to the shaykh to know if he had to make ghusl because he had committed zina. This time he was not crying. Such was the hardening of his heart, and such fragile his power to repent and feel remorseful had become.

Also, the ability to repent comes from AllahIf Allah wills, He may snatch your ability to repent. Therefore, every time you commit a sin, you put yourself in the risk of dying of without repenting.

9. Sin distorts your firah (innate natural disposition). An example of it is the widespread proliferation of homosexuality. Allah put in the fitrah of human beings that opposite sexes will attract each other. However, the sin of homosexuality has been practiced so overzealously that people have lost their natural disposition, and now actually believes that homosexuality is natural.

10. Sin, if not repented from, is followed by regret, often in this world and definitely in the next world.

11. Sin prevents you from doing further acts of obedience. A man came to Hasan Al-Basri (May Allah have mercy on him) and said, “I heard you say that if you commit sins, then Allah prevents you from things. I do all the sins that you can think of and don’t do many good deeds. I have a beautiful wife and beautiful kids and a lot of money and land and am successful. Allah did not prevent me from anything. How is it that you say that because of sins Allah prevents you?” Al-Basri asked, “Do you pray qiyam al-layl? Do you enjoy your dua? Do you enjoy your salah? That is enough prevention that He prevented you from communicating with Him.”

12. Sin may deprive you of or reduce your beneficial Islamic knowledge. Imam Ash-Shafi’i said that once he complained to Wakee’ that he was not able to memorize and retain as much as he wished to. Wakee’ said to him, “Abandon disobedience of Allah. Knowledge is light and the light of Allah is not given to those who are disobedient. Allah said in the Quran:

وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۖ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ

And fear Allah. And Allah teaches you. [The Noble Quran 2:282]

If you sin, it means you are lacking in taqwa, and if you are lacking in taqwa, Allah will not bless you with knowledge either.

13. Sin decreases or deprives you of your provision. In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan (رضى الله عنه) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “A man may be deprived of provision because of a sin that he commits.” [The hadeeth has been classed as hasan by Shaykh Albani (May Allah have mercy upon him)]

14. Sin will decrease the radiance of you face. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbaas (رضى الله عنه) said, “Good deeds produce radiance on the face and light in the heart, increase provision, physical strength, and the love of others. Bad deeds produce ‘blackness’ in the face, darkness in the heart, physical weakness, inadequate provision and the hatred of others.”

15. When you sin, you obey Shaitaan, the cursed creature who wishes nothing but to drag you to the fire of Hell, and you disobey Allah, the Most Merciful who wishes for you maghfirah and paradise. Yet, the promise of Allah is true and the promise Shaitaan is false, and Shaitaan will desert you on the Day of Judgment:

وَقَالَ الشَّيْطَانُ لَمَّا قُضِيَ الْأَمْرُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ الْحَقِّ وَوَعَدتُّكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُكُمْ ۖ وَمَا كَانَ لِيَ عَلَيْكُم مِّن سُلْطَانٍ إِلَّا أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِي ۖ فَلَا تَلُومُونِي وَلُومُوا أَنفُسَكُم ۖ مَّا أَنَا بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ وَمَا أَنتُم بِمُصْرِخِيَّ ۖ إِنِّي كَفَرْتُ بِمَا أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِن قَبْلُ ۗ إِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

And Satan will say when the matter has been concluded, “Indeed, Allah had promised you the promise of truth. And I promised you, but I betrayed you. But I had no authority over you except that I invited you, and you responded to me. So do not blame me; but blame yourselves. I cannot be called to your aid, nor can you be called to my aid. Indeed, I deny your association of me [with Allah] before. Indeed, for the wrongdoers is a painful punishment.” [The Noble Quran 14:22]

16. Sin is a cause of rejection of your dua.

17. Sinning means you are careless and you are not sincere regarding your covenant with Allah. A sincere believer never wavers regarding his covenant with Allah. Allah said about them:

مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ ۖ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا

Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah, of them some have fulfilled their obligations, and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e.they never proved treacherous to their covenant which they concluded with Allah] in the least. [The Noble Quran 33:23]

18. Committing sin means you have not fully submitted. How can you have submitted to the will of Allah when you are giving preference to you own desire over the will of Allah?

19. Sinning means you have lack of patience. Compared to eternity, this worldly life of 60-70 years is nothing. Allah wants to see your patience for this negligible amount of time. The moment you sin, you record a failure in this test of patience.

20. When you commit sins, you lose the sweetness of faith. When your imaan is high, you feel a sense of peace and satisfaction when you do good deeds. However, as soon as you commit a sin, your imaan suffers and you feel alienated from Allah. Consequently, you do not feel the sweetness from your worship anymore.

21. Sin makes you obsessed with worldly life and it makes you forget the hereafter.

22. If you commit sin, you will inevitably lose the khushoo of your salah.

23. By sinning, you will lose the taste of halal. For example, the men who do not lower their gaze from haram things will not find tranquility with their wives.

24. By sinning, you may gain a temporary worldly pleasure but you will lose your inner happiness and tranquility.

25. Sin is a waste of time and resources.

26. Sin may cause the barkah (blessing) to be lifted from your resources. For example, money earned though illegal means do not have any barakah.

27. Allah makes the affairs of the sinners difficult, whereas for those who fear Him, He makes a way out for them. He said:

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا

 
And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). [The Noble Quran 65:2]

28. Sin weakens your will power to stay away from sin. Committing the sin first time is difficult. Because when you approach towards the sin, you receive a great resistance from your imaan. Once you commit the sin, the power of your resistance decreases. If you do not repent, it will continue to weaken your will power, and finally it may reach a point where you may not feel any repugnance towards sin. At that stage, committing sins become habitual. Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (رضى الله عنه) said, “The believer sees his sins as if he is sitting at the foot of a mountain fearing that it might fall on him, while the sinner sees his sins as a fly that lands on his nose, he just waves it away.

29. In Islam, good character begins with Allah. He is the most deserving of your good conduct. You show good character with Allah by fulfilling His obligations, staying away from His prohibitions, and remaining pleased with His decree. When you commit a sin, you violate the rights of Allah, and in the process, you show bad character with Him.

30. When you commit a sin, you either consciously or non-consciously forget the fact that Allah is ever watchful of you and your actions. If you willfully choose to forget that Allah is watching over you, and this mostly happens when sins are committed secretly, your heart will become filled with hypocrisy. Isn’t it hypocritical that your fear and shame of people are more than that of Allah? Isn’t it hypocritical that you save your best face for people but you reserve the worst for Allah?

31. Sin will lower your self-esteem and confidence. Being Muslims, we believe that our sense of self-worth comes from obeying Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ). Everything that Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) commanded or prohibited is in complete harmony with our fitrah and the laws that Allah has subjugated this universe to. When you disobey Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ), you go against your fitrah and the universal laws of Allah, and the natural consequence of it is loss of self-worth and confidence.

32. When you sin, you step into the geerah of Allah. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “There is none having a greater sense of gheera than Allah. And for that He has forbidden the doing of evil actions.” (Bukhari) Allah loves the believers and He is protective of them. To protect them from Hell Fire and His Wrath, he made forbidden upon them transgressing His limits. When you transgress the limits of Allah, you step into the gheerah of Allah and expose yourself to His Wrath and His Punishment.

33. Sin is a cause of being afflicted with trials and tribulations. Allah said in the Quran:

وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ

And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much. [The Noble Quran 42:30]

34. Sin decreases your imaan.

35. Continuous sinning may lead you to rationalization of sin, which may ultimately lead you to kufr. Naturally a Muslim who has faith left in his heart will feel remorse after committing a sin. However, if he gets addicted to the sin, and if his imaan becomes weak to the extent that he cannot defeat his nafs any longer, Shaitaan may whisper him to question why the act he is committing is sin. If he falls in this trap and rationalizes his sin, and believes and regards the acts that Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) have declared sinful as otherwise, he will expel himself from the fold of Islam.