Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Do Not Justify Sins

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

BEING HUMAN, we all have weaknesses, flaws and faults. None of us can claim to be perfect. The important thing is to acknowledge our weaknesses, short-comings and failings. We should not make a mockery of this beautiful Deen by justifying our wrong actions or by legalising sins.

There is no doubt that we are living in times of great Fitnah. Fitan[1] are literally raining down upon us. This is what we were informed would happen. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam once said (to the people): “Do you see what I see?”

They replied: “No.”

Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “I see Fitan (trials) descending in your homes like the falling rain.”[2]

This was in respect to the coming generations and what they would experience and would have to contend with. As for the Sahaba-e-Kiraam رَضِىَ الله عَنْهُمْ, they belonged to the first era of what is described as ‘Khairul Quroon’ (the noblest eras of Islam).

Despite the vicious environment of Fitnah and sins today, there can be no justification for disobedience to Allah Ta’ala. Yes, a greater effort needs to be made to protect ourselves from the downpour of Fitan. This is totally possible – if we hold firmly to the beautiful teachings of the Qur’aan Shareef and Sunnah; if we keep to the company of the pious and righteous, and we continuously seek protection in Allah Ta’ala from all tribulations and evils. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Seek refuge in Allah from trials, whether apparent or hidden.”[3] And Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam taught us a Dua whereby we seek refuge from all types of Fitan:
“I seek refuge in Allah from apparent and hidden trials.”

Together with this, we should keep making a concerted effort ourselves to abstain from sins as well as from all the venues of sins. …However, to commit sins and justify sins is not the attitude and stance of a true Believer. Unfortunately, we find nowadays, that many take sins very lightly and indifferently. Worse still is that many will find some “reason” or excuse or validation for indulgence in sins - نَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰه.

Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam was once questioned: “What is Imaan (faith)?”

He Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied: “When your good deeds give you happiness and when your evil deeds cause you grief.”[4]

What is our condition then, if instead of feeling grief, we substantiate and endorse sins?

I receive so many letters and many phone-calls from different people and most choose to be anonymous. Some statements are of a nature which makes our hair stand on end – they are so dangerous and jeopardising to a person’s Imaan. Some of them write that if Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam had been present in this time, he Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam too would have permitted this and that – which is Haraam; he too would have integrated with the society by participating in the World Cup and attending the sports matches, he too would have legalised interest, etc. نَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰه.Some say that the laws of inheritance and Talaaq are unfair and unjust, that certain Shar’i laws need some kind of amendment, etc. نَعُوْذُ بِاللّٰه.

We must be very, very careful about the type of statements we make.

We are living in times where many do not value the priceless bounties of Imaan and Islam. In a Hadīth, Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam described this period of time as: “…a man will be a Believer in the morning and a disbeliever by the evening, and a Believer in the evening and a disbeliever in the morning...”[5]…This will be the condition, due to the statements made and the actions carried out, which nullify Imaan.

Our condition brings to mind a lengthy Hadīth in respect to the deterioration of the Ummah. The outline of the Hadīth is that Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, while addressing the Sahabah رَضِىَ الله عَنْهُمْ: “What will be your condition (that is, of the Ummah) when you will not enjoin good and forbid evil? …What will be your condition when you will take the good deeds as evil, and evil deeds as good? …What will then be your condition when you will order evil, and prohibit from doing good deeds?”[6]

Amr-bil-Ma’roof and Nahy-anil-Munkar are salient features in the life of a Muslim. Among the major sins that we commit is that we have stopped inviting towards good and we have stopped preventing people from Haraam deeds. Instead, we invite others to Haraam and we prevent them from doing good. We now consider evil deeds as good and we consider good deeds as evil – just as is mentioned in the Hadīth.

…It is as if we do not want to go alone to Jahannum, so we pull others along with us. We invite them to Zina, drugs, drink, music, pornography, to the rave clubs, casinos and other Haraam establishments. May Allah Ta’ala give us the realization that we are paving the way to our destruction and the destruction of others.

My dear brothers, I have great love for you and great compassion and affection for you in my heart and I sincerely make deep-hearted Dua for you, as well as for those who are listening via audio-streaming and via the receivers. …I am warning and cautioning you, and I have given this warning in other talks as well: If a person is committing a sin, then at the least, do not justify it

We are weak. Therefore, say: O Allah, it is my weakness; it is my failing. …But do not try to justify the wrong.

It is purely Allah Ta’ala’s Kindness, Mercy, Compassion, Forgiveness and Tolerance that He has not taken us to task and not seized us on our disobedience. Allah Ta’ala is All-Powerful. He has shown us His Power in different parts of the world: earthquakes, ash-clouds, tsunamis, hurricanes, fires and other disasters. …He can destroy us too due to our excessive sins. It is just His Tolerance that we are still existing. 

Do not engage in sins deliberately. Do not justify sins. Do not invite others to commit sins. A Muslim does not plan sin, does not deliberately move in the direction of disobedience, does not try to substantiate or legalise sins. A Muslim may mistakenly fall into some sin – but a true Muslim is restless and uncomfortable committing any sin and will not be at ease until he sincerely repents.

So we should turn towards Allah Ta’ala, make I'tiraaf-e-qusoor – acknowledge our sins and admit our weaknesses. If we do this, Allah Ta’ala will open the doors of Maghfirah (forgiveness) and grant us Hidayah, Taufeeq and His Protection.

May Allah Ta’ala forgive us all. May Allah Ta’ala make us of those who do good and who guide and call towards Jannah – in our speech and in our actions. May Allah Ta’ala make us keys to righteousness, that we open doors towards virtuous deeds and towards Jannah, and may Allah Ta’ala protect us from being keys to vice – that we open the doors to evil and become locks to goodness.

Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said: “Among the people are those who are keys to goodness and locks to evil. And from among the people are those who are keys to evil and locks to goodness. So glad tidings to the one who Allah puts the key to goodness in his hands, and destruction to the one who Allah puts the key to evil in his hands.”[7]

This does not mean that Allah Ta’ala compels or forces a person. Allah Ta’ala clearly shows us the path of guidance and good, and the path of misguidance and evil:

“And We have shown him the two ways (good and evil).”
[Surah Al-Balad 90 : 10]

Our actions are our choice. A person’s actions then make him one of the two keys. …If we call towards good, we will gain the rewards of those who follow us in good. On the other hand, if we call to misguidance and sin, then we bear the burden of the sins of those who follow us, as well as our own sins. This is what is mentioned in the Ahadīth.[8] …So let us be of those who invite towards Jannah.

May Allah Ta’ala have mercy upon us, guide us all and protect our Imaan in these times of great Fitnah.

[1] Fitan: (Plural of Fitnah) Trials
[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari
[3] Sahih Muslim
[4] Musnad Ahmad
[5] Sahih Muslim
[6] Kanzul Ummaal Vol 3 Pg. 688
[7] ‎Sunan Ibn Majah
[8] Sahih Muslim