Must Read! – From among the punishments of sinful acts are that they cause the servant to forget himself.

So, consequently when a person forgets his soul, he corrupts it, and then destroys it.  If o­ne would ask, “How does someone forget himself if he does forget?  Which things does he remember?” Allaah the Most High has said,

“And do not be like those who forgot Allaah (i.e. became disobedient to Allaah) and He caused them to forget their own selves.” [Suratul-Hashr 59:19]

In other words, Glory is to Him, Allaah punishes the o­ne who forgets Him with two punishments:

(1). Allaah forgets him.

(2). He causes the individual to forget himself.

Allaah’s forgetting the servant involves His disregard, abandonment and neglect of the disobedient o­ne. As a result, destruction draws closer to him than his own face and hand.

As for the sinner, his forgetting himself means that the person stops thinking about the finer qualities of the soul and the things that lead to its success and well-being.  He forgets all of this.  The matter does not even come to mind.  Nor does he bring it to mind.

In addition, the disobedient servant is made to forget the diseases of the heart and soul along with the agony that accompanies them.  In the end, there is no effort to remove these destructive ills that of which eventually lead him to corruption and ruin. He becomes a sick individual covered with layers of disease. The internal disorder causes destruction to spread through him.  However, this negligent soul is not aware of his sickness nor does the remedy occur in his mind.

This is the worst kind of punishment. What punishment is worse than an individual neglecting, and then destroying himself? He forgets the beneficial qualities his soul possesses.  This rebellious servant becomes heedless of the causes of his acquiring good in this life and a permanent resting place in the abode of eternal bliss.

“Sins and Their Punishments” by Ibn-ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah; Pages: 54–56


Very Beneficial- Must Read || Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – The acts of Disobedience are the path to kufr (disbelief)

Al-Imaam Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated: “The Shaytaan wants that the children of Aadam stray with a far straying and not a near straying (one that’s close to the truth). Allaah stated: “And the Shaytaan wants to lead them far astray.” However we are not to think that the Shaytaan commands (the people) with (going) far astray from the onset. Rather (he does it) in stages. So he commands with Fisq (corruption) and the lesser acts of disobedience. Then (he commands with) the major sins. Then (he commands with) the disbelief (in Allaah). We ask Allaah to protect us. Based upon this the Ulamaa have said: The acts of disobedience are the Bareed (path) to al-Kufr…The scholars have mentioned that the acts of disobedience are the path to al-Kufr and the Shaytaan takes the person in stages, step by step until the point he destroys him.” (Tafseer Soorah an-Nisaa V. 1 Pg. 475-476)

Sayings from the Salaf | Sins lead to forgetting knowledge…

With regards to the effects of sins upon the ability of the student of knowledge to memorize, ‘Abdus Salaam ibn Burjis (d. 1425 AH) rahimahullaah said:

Disobeying Allaah, the Most High, is an obstacle to attaining Sharee’ah knowledge – because it (Sharee’ah knowledge) is a noor (light) from Allaah which He casts into the hearts of whomever He wishes from His servants.

And noor (light) and dhulmah (darkness) do not come together in a heart.

Therefore ibn Mas’ood radi Allaahu ‘anhu said:

“Indeed I consider that a man (might) forget knowledge which he has already learned because of a sin which he does.”

And may Allaah have mercy upon ash Shaafi’ee who said:

“I complained to Wakee’ about my memorization being bad.
So he directed me to leave off sins and he informed me that knowledge is a noor (light). And the light from Allaah is not bestowed upon a person who is sinful.”

Quoted in ‘Awaa-iq ut talab of ‘Abdus Salaam ibn Burjiss rahimahullaah page 38, translated by Nasser ibn Najam

Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings…

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people): “I committed such and such sin last night,’ while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah has covered it up but in the morning he tears up the cover provided by Allah Himself.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Read this O Slave of Allaah- Calling yourself to Account- Shaykh Abdur-Razzaq al-Abbad Hafidhahullaah

Shaykh Abd ar-Razzaq al-Abbaad:

All Praise is Due to Allah the Lord of the Universe; He is Alone; He has not partners; and I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and his companions.

As to what follows:

“يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ”

“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” [59:18]

This verse is a great principle in the matter of holding the soul accountable, and that it is obligatory upon the slave that he takes account for himself and that he looks at what he has prepared for tomorrow before Allah takes account of him on the Day of Judgement. For verily, it is from goodness for the slave that he looks at his actions and to what he has prepared for the meeting with his Lord. Are they righteous, obedient, purified actions and distant from the prohibited actions and evil acts, such [that] it pleases him to meet His Lord with that? Or are they affairs which enrage and anger Allah, and [that] make permissible upon him the punishment [of Allah]?

So he looks at what he has prepared for tomorrow. And he is [continuously] remembering that day, and [continuously] remembering the standing in front of Allah, and [continuously] remembering the taking of account [by Allah] and the presentation of the deeds. And that all that he has done will come present, written, and inscribed in a book.

“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.“ [18:49]

On the Day of Judgement the Lord will say:

“O My servants, these deeds of yours which I am recording for you I shall reward you for them, so he who finds good should praise Allah and he who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” [Muslim]

Is it not appropriate of the slave, while the matter is like that, that the taking of account should be now?!

“ he who finds good should praise Allah and he who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” 

Is it not from appropriateness that this should be during the period of the action?! If he finds good he praises Allah for what He has made easy and has assisted [in], and if he finds other than that he rectifies himself. On the Day of Judgement Allah will say:

“..[he] should not blame anyone but himself.”

Because he has no chance for rectifying, for acting, for repentance and turning back [to Allah]. But if he takes himself to account now and looks at his actions, if he finds good he should praise Allah, and if he finds other than that then he should rectify himself. As for on the Day of Judgement if he finds other than that he should not blame anyone but himself because there is no chance, not for repentance nor for turning back [to Allah] nor for returning to this life a second time to do righteousness, [which is] other than what he used to do.

And in this meaning, Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – says:

“Hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable, weigh yourselves before you are weighed, and be prepared for the biggest gathering before He Whose knowledge encompasses your deeds, (That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of yours will be hidden [69:18]).” 

Taking account of the soul, as the scholars have clarified, is of two types:

1. Taking account after the action

2. Taking account before the action

As for the accounting which is [done] after the action:

It is that the slave looks at that which has passed from his actions, and that which has come forth from his deeds, and that which he will be held accountable for by his Lord. He looks at his past actions in his life. Are they upon obedience and appropriateness? Or are they upon disobedience and deviation? Or is he mixing between that? So he looks at the elapsed from his actions, and everything which has passed the slave will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgement. Everything which he has brought forth, the slave will be held accountable for. But in the Shari’ah (Legislation) of Islam, Allah has favoured upon us with a great and blessed thing, it is none other than the matter of Tawbah (repentance). And our Prophet – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed us that repentance demolishes what was before it. And he – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed us that regret is repentance. So he should look at his past actions, if they were pure, righteous, upright, upon the obedience of Allah, then he should praise Allah. And if in them there was disobedience and transgression, the negligence in regards to the Right of Allah, then he should repent.

“قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ”

“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.” [39:10]

“ not despair..” – meaning: do not despair, for Allah accepts [the] repentance however big the sin [reaches] and immense the crime [is]. For He forgives those who ask for forgiveness. So a truthful repentance to Allah, and a sincere repentance from every sin is better than the slave meeting Allah with his huge sins and many disobediences.

The second type of taking account is before the action:

It is looking at the action that he will carry out. He does not take a step nor motion in a direction except that it is in agreement in its way [the way of the action he will carry out]. As some of the Salaf have said: “From the understanding of a man is his food, his drink, and his walk.” That he understands that which he steps towards and that which he puts forth from action. Is it legislated which is authorized or is it prohibited? He does not befriend whoever he wants, he does not eat whatever he wants and he does not do whatever he wants, and verily all of that is only weighted upon the scale of the Legislation. So he takes himself to account upon the action before he does it so that his actions are weighed on the scale of the Legislation of Allah so there is agreement in it [the action] with the Prophet – sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

I ask Allah al-Kareem the Lord of the Great ‘Arsh, by His Good Names and High Attributes, that he rectifies for all of us all of our affairs. And that He does not leave us to take care of ourselves even for a blink of an eye. Oh Allah give our souls its Taqwa, and purify it, you are the Best of who purifies it, you are its Wali’ and Mawla.

And Allah knows best. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah.”

if laziness overtakes you whilst you still have good health and free time then you are a loser! – Ibn al-Jawzee Rahimahullaah

Ibn Al-Jawzi said: “It happens that a person has good health, but does not have free time because of his being engaged in earning his livelihood; or he is rich but has no good health. So, if these two (good health and free time) are gathered in a person, but laziness overtakes him from fulfilling his duties, then he is a loser. (Know that) this world is the harvest field of the hereafter; and in it there is business, the profit of which will be visible in the hereafter. So, whoever utilizes his free time and good health in the obedience of Allaah, he is the blessed one. And he who utilizes them in the disobedience of Allaah, he is the one who is unjust to himself, because the leisure time is affected by busyness and health is affected by sickness.” [Fath al-Bari 11/230]

How To Treat a Person of Sunnah Who Has Fallen Into Sin | Al-‘Allâmah Ubayd al-Jâbirî


“I have a friend who shaves his beard and wears his thobe musbil but he speaks with the speech of Ahlus Sunnah. I advised him a lot should I leave him or continue to advise?

Al-‘Allâmah Ubayd al-Jâbirî:

“Do not leave him as long as he is upon the Sunnah and he has this error which is sin. Stay with him and inshaa-Allaah he will leave it off. And be diligent in making beloved to him sitting with the righteous and visiting them and establishing the prayer in congregation and inshaa-Allaah he will be guided, so long as he is a person of Sunnah then he is close to good if Allah wills and it is hoped that he will be guided.”

Translated by Anwar Wright [with slight edition]