Effects of sins, Tauba, & the Mercy of Allah swt

We are unable to do Tauba because we look at our own abilities. Actually what we need to do is that we have to learn to focus on the azmat of Allah swt and the Rehmat of Allah swt. That person whose heart understands and appreciates the ‘azmat of Allah swt and the Rehmat of Allah swt, that person will be able to leave sin. It is not enough only to know about Allah swt’s Mercy, His Rehmat; one must also know about His ‘Azmat, His Jalal, His Majesty, His Might and His Glory.

That is why, Sayyidina Ata ibn-e-abi-raba’ rahimahullah, one of the most greatest & famous of Tabi’een of this ummah, used to say to his students that:

O My friends! When you choose and plan and intend and commit a sin, you close all the doors & all the avenues of the people who can watch you sin; you close the curtains, you draw the blinds, you hide your tracks, because you feel shame from all of creation… From all of the people who are watching you sin, do you only not feel shame in front of Allah swt?

So, we have to leave all of our sins, due to the ‘azmat of Allah swt.

Hafiz ibn-e-qayyum rahimullahta’ala said:

Don’t look at small or how how great the sin is; but look at how ‘azeem-u-shaan that Rabb is against whom you are sinning.

And then every single sin will seem to be great for us.


Every single sin has an effect on us. Allah swt stated in the Qur’an-e-karim:

مَنْ يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا يُجْزَ بِهِ

Surah Nisa [4:123]

that whomsoever does any sin, he/she will have to face the jaza or the consequences of that sin.

Theres another deception many of us have; that we do a sin and we do that sin so happily and so blindly because we don’t realize that there are going to be consequences o f that sin.Sometimes we look for those consequences in the wrong places; so we do a sin and we look at our studies, we are still doing okay. we do a sin and we look at our business, we are still doing okay. we do a sin and we look at our izzat in society, Allah swt keeps our izzat in society so we keep doing that sin. But, Allah swt has laid down a golden rule:

مَنْ يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا يُجْزَ بِهِ

whomsoever does any sin he will have to face the jaza for it.

We look for consequences in the wrong places; if we were to look for consequences in the right places, everyone would realize and think that we are being punished because of our sins.

1. One way Allah swt punishes us is that He makes those who we wished and wanted to be obedient to us; He makes them disobedient to us.

So, it may happen that someone commits a sin and their wife or their husband disobeys them. or their child disobeys them, it may happen that their friend or colleague betrays them – all and any of this can be a consequence of that sin.

2. A second place to look at consequences of sins is in our ‘amaal, ‘ibadaat.

Because one of the most immediate, direct impact of our sin is that we loose the lazzat and lutf or ibadah; we loose the pleasure and sweetness and enjoyment of ‘ibadah, we loose the raghbat, inclination and yearning towards ‘ibadat. This is the biggest consequence of our sin.

So, Allah swt does not necessarily make the jaza come in our dunya; because we may have sinned against Him and it was a matter of Deen, so the consequences come in our Deen and the consequences come in our aman and itminaan and our sukoon – those are the things that are taken away whereas the dunya may keep flowing upon us.

So, every single sin that we do, we have to face the consequences of that sin.

You can imagine like this that every single sin brings with it a host of worries, a host of difficulties

When an individual sins, he will be worried as an individual; when a society sins they will face worries and difficulties as a society; when a country is full of sin, it will face worries and difficulties at the level of a country.

This ayah just like it applies to an individual can apply to a nation:

مَنْ يَعْمَلْ سُوءًا يُجْزَ بِهِ

Now, again people look at the wrong place for the consequences – they look at the dunya. Remember that the consequences are going to come on our Deen and our Aman and our It’minaan

…to be cont’d

To listen to the original lecture:

Mercy of Allah (swt) – Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

As-salamu-‘alaykum,Speaker: Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed
Topic: Mercy of Allah (swt)
Date: 29/8/2010
Duration: 94:47

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