Bismillah! I was inspired to write this post after a deep reflection on ayah 123 of Surah An-Nisa:

 Paradise is not [obtained] by your wishful thinking nor by that of the People of the Scripture. Whoever does a wrong will be recompensed for it, and he will not find besides Allah a protector or a helper. {Qur’an 4:123}

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala makes it clear that it’s not based on our wishful thoughts whether a Muslim or a non-Muslim. This ayah serves as a warning for the people who think they will be forgiven or will enter Jannah even if they continue sinning just because they are Muslims. Such people are deluded by false hopes. Whoever would do an evil deed will be compensated accordingly. The key is in obeying Allah and following what He has legislated through the words of His honorable Messengers.

This ayah made me sat in absolute silence, the world is full of so many opportunities to slip into various types of sins, and a lot of our Muslim brothers and sisters today are deceived, drowned in and have fallen into the trap. So, I decided to share some consequences and what being persistent in sinning cause to our body, mind, soul and most importantly our Deen and spiritual well-being.


The Consequences

1. Due to the persistence of sin, you lose that Taufeeq of wanting or willing to do good Deeds, Allah takes that Taufeeq away from you, you begin to see praying, fasting and all other acts of worship as a burden to you.

2. It deprives us of beneficial knowledge, we get drown in the Dunya so deeply that we don’t even have time for our Deen development, or for seeking beneficial knowledge. Knowledge is a light which Allah throws into the heart, and disobedience of Allah (sinning) extinguishes this light.

3. It deprives us of Rizq (Sustenance) Just as Taqwaa brings about sustenance, the abandonment of Taqwaa causes poverty. There is nothing which can bring about sustenance like the abandonment of disobedience. You begin to lack Barakah in your Sustenance, you might keep earning and feel you’re getting rich but at the end of the day, you don’t know where it all went to.

4. It brings lack of barakah in your time, your wealth, your health and things you do.

5. 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. Your peace of mind get snatched away, you become unnecessarily Restless.

6. Your lifespan becomes shortened, and this came from an authentic source. Even if their life is strengthened they’ll keep indulging in more sin. Disobedience reduces the lifespan and destroys any blessings. Just as righteousness increases the lifespan, sinning reduces it.

So this is just a few consequences of sinning. But then the truth is we are all sinners, so Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

“All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” Related by At·Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah with a strong chain of narrators.

Look at the beauty of this hadith, that the best are those who repent, so we all have a chance to turn to Allah in true repentance, and Allah is so merciful that his doors to forgiveness are always open. Read through this ayah with an open mind:

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” {Qur’an 39:53}

Allah is beautifully calling upon you and me to repent, seek his forgiveness and never lose hope in his mercy for indeed he forgives all sins as long as we sincerely turn to him in repentance. No matter the number of years you’ve spent sinning and no matter how much your sins are, now is your time to leave those sins and turn to Allah, raise your hands and seek Allah’s forgiveness. It helps to soften and wash your heart of previous sins, you find true happiness again.

May Allah guide us all to the right path and make repentance and staying steadfast on the Deen easy for us. Ameen. I leave you all with this inspiring story that shows the power of seeking forgiveness.

It is related in Tafsir al Qurtubi that Hasan al-Basri (r.a) was once seated. A man came saying ” O Master, I’m very sinful, do tell me an act which I can do to be forgiven”. Hasan al-Basri (r.a) replied, “Go and do Istighfar”.

The second person came and said, ” O Master, for many days rains, have stopped and there is drought. Tell me an action through which Allah (s.w.t) will send down rain to us”. Hasan al-Basri (r.a) replied, “Go and do Istighfar”.

The third person came and said, ” I am under a lot of debt. I am working, but please make dua that Allah (s.w.t) give me wealth so I can be saved from debts”. Hasan al-Basri (r.a) replied, “Go and do Istighfar to Allah”

The fourth person came and said, “It is a wish of mine that Allah (s.w.t) give me an offspring. So please make dua that Allah (s.w.t) gives me pious offspring”. Hasan al-Basri (r.a) replied, “Go and do Istighfar”

The fifth person came and said, “I have an orchard please make dua that it gives more fruits so that the return will be more.” Hasan al-Basri (r.a) replied, ” Go and do Istighfar”

The sixth person came and said, “If I was to get water spring in my house, I will be so pleased”. Shaykh Hasan replied, “Go and do Istighfar”.

Shaykh Hasan al-Basri’s (r.a) disciple, Ibn Sabih (r.a) who was sitting close, was very surprised thinking, “Why is it that Shaykh Hasan al-Basri (r.a) is giving the same solution of Istighfar to whoever comes to him”? So Ibn Sabih (r.a) eventually asked: “Why are you giving one response to all the problems”? On hearing this Shaykh Hasan al-Basri (r.a) recited what Allah (s.w.t) said in Qur’an:

…  ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for He is Oft-Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance; “‘Give you increase in wealth and sons; and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water). {Qur’an 71:10-12}

I hope you find this beneficial and may Allah grant us all guidance and the strength to turn to him in repentance. Ameen