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The Effects of Sins by Ibn al-Qayyim

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) listed more than 20 evil effects of committing sins but the following is only a partial list:

1)      Prevention of ‘ilm (knowledge)

-Puts barriers between you and knowledge

-Knowledge does not benefit you anymore

e.g. Imam Ash-Shafi’i was having problems studying and memorizing so he went to his teacher and told him. His teacher told him to go and repent because this was the result of sins.

2)      Prevention of rizq (provision)

-Hadith: “…verily, Allah deprives (or may deprive) a person of a blessing because of a sin he commits.” (Ibn Majah)

3)      Weakening of the heart

-Weakening of body as well (your resolve and determination becomes less)

-The more you sin, you make it easier to sin and the less you sin, it becomes easier to stay away from sins

4)      Reduces lifespan (barakah)

-Hadith: “If you want to live longer, do good to your relatives.”

-Scholars say that if you do the opposite, it’s a way to have a short (and bad) life

-Productivity diminished-usefulness gone (you don’t get much out of your time and resources)

5)      Contempt from Allah

6)      Decrease of remorse

7)      Increase of humiliation

-A great dishonor in Allah’s eyes

8)      Lack of intelligence

-Ibn ‘Abbas said: “Being a jahil is a description of anyone who sins because if you were smart, you wouldn’t be committing sins.”

-It’s a sign of a lack of intelligence

9)      Sealing of the heart

“Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” (Al-Mutaffifeen-83:14)

10)   Spoiling land’s resources

-Corruption on earth

-Punishment to mankind because of sins

“Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].” (Ar-Rum-30:41)

11)   Disappearance of modesty

-Hadith: “Modesty brings about nothing but good.”

-Hadith: “If you have no shame, then do as you wish.”

12)   Becoming neglectful of Allah

-Ghaflah (state of being heedless about Allah) increases

-You immerse yourself in heedlessness until you have no connection with Allah and no good in you

13)   Pain and Suffering in this world and the next

-Direct result of sins –“No museebah happens to you except because of some sin that you have done.”

-One scholar said: “I disobey Allah and I see it in my wife’s attitude towards me.”




July 14, 2011 at 3:38 am Leave a comment

The Rose Petal

I picked up the leaves scattered across the floor and put them on the plastic where my bouquet lay on top of my pile of clothes. The bouquet had been taken out of its clear plastic covering by my clever hands a while ago. Not being able to find a vase, I was sitting there, thinking about what to do with it. I caught sight of a rose petal, still stuck to the bottom of the plastic. I reached in and pulled it out and unfolded it with my hands. Half of it was still white, with the silky smooth texture while the other half was slowly dying with the wise wrinkles of an ambassador who had lived his life taking care of his beloved children. Dark lines on a golden-brown color and the fragility of an old person are what I saw. Like all cells, fingerprints, leaves and trees, this petal was different. Allah’s Majesty and Power is what it reflected. It was the wall lest someone hurt its tender lives. It was the pride of them all, standing tall till the end…

when it fell. Its absence made the others vulnerable and able to fall into danger. They drooped down and some started to lose their youth but no one tried to help this petal stand up. Had they tried, it would have been in vain but caring is better than neglect.

As I now look at the petal, its expression grows dim, its silk is turning into leather, the wrinkles are getting deeper and the darkness is spreading. I can’t stop it-I can only watch life dying and I feel like crying but I don’t because my tears won’t avail when death is near, and waiting with beauty is better than waiting with grief.  The white petal is still alive but the dirt is closing over it. It has yet to die but it was already in its grave when I first took it in my hand and placed it on my palm.


July 11, 2011 at 5:48 am Leave a comment

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