By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi, New Age Islam
28 May 2022
Our Behaviours Lead Us to Suffer In This Life
1. Rather than producing positive behaviours and outcomes, we are instead embracing undesirable habits and conventions.
2. Today we moan that we are plagued with sufferings and crises, blaming it all on others.
3. Muslims must first take stock of their deeds and seek forgiveness from Allah for their sins and evil deeds in order to avert suffering.
As Muslims, we have been accustomed to blaming others for our problems and difficulties. The majority of us are uninformed of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Rather than achieving constructive actions and outcomes, we are engulfed in detrimental habits and customs. To put it another way, the vast majority of us are corrupt, immoral, and guilty of wrongdoing, rather than following the beautiful teachings of Islam. However, we place blame on others for our issues and crises and fail to consider what caused them.
According to the Qur'an and Sunnah, Muslims must first take stock of their deeds and ask forgiveness from Allah for their sins and wicked deeds in order to avert troubles and crises. They must repent of their sins and seek to please Allah Almighty because Allah Almighty holds all the keys to deliverance from worldly afflictions and troubles, as well as all the treasures of comfort. If they succeed in pleasing Allah, He Almighty will undoubtedly deliver them from their afflictions and provide peace and comfort to them.
Allah will be pleased with the servant if he repents of his faults and becomes a devout believer. There is no doubt that bad deeds provoke Allah Almighty's wrath, resulting in not only eternal torment but also worldly sufferings. Unrest, assassinations, food scarcity, and unequal distribution of income, land, and property have all become routine in our Muslim culture today. Our impolite manners have become a defining feature of our culture.
The grace of Allah Almighty is slipping away from us as a result of our evil conduct. Our terrible activities have harmed our minds and concepts to the point where we are unable to overcome educational barriers, avoid social and political disgrace, or avoid natural disasters. All of this is unmistakably an indication that Allah is dissatisfied with our actions.
We must remember that God's wrath is not restricted to the Hereafter and Hell, but that sinful conduct can bring His wrath onto us in this life as well. Allah is the Lord of this world as well as the next. The world is represented by the House of Acts [Darul Amal], whereas the afterlife is represented by the House of Reward [Darul Jaza]. Man's eternal salvation is determined by his earthly actions.
Why does Allah Almighty warn people in the Quran about His wrath? The answer to this question is simple: this is so that man may be attracted to virtuous activities and refrain from wicked deeds in his worldly existence out of dread of Allah Almighty. People are warned of the repercussions of evils by Allah Almighty so that they should not lose sight of their ultimate goal of turning to Allah.
Allah Almighty says in the Quran, “Whatever misfortune befalls you is a consequence of your own deeds. But much of it He forgives.” (42:30)
This verse serves as a reminder to Muslims. This verse is directed at those who commit sins and bad activities. This verse emphasizes that the challenges and tragedies that people endure in life are frequently brought on by their evil deeds and misdeeds. However, it's also important to note that if the servant repents his wrongdoings with sincerity, Allah Almighty would relieve him of his sufferings and utilize them to atone for his previous sins. We also know from the Qur'an and Sunnah, as well as Sufi sayings that believers' sufferings and trials can lead to transformation and prosperity, as well as a rise in their ranks.
From this verse, it is known that one of the causes of the calamities that befall the people is their disobedience and immorality. According to Hazrat Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated, "If My followers obey me, I will water them with rain at night, I will raise the sun over them during the day, and I will not make them hear the sound of thunder." (Hadith 8716, Musnad Imam Ahmad, 3/281)
Muslims are taught in the preceding hadith that if they repent and seek forgiveness from Allah for their sins, Allah will relieve them of their worldly woes and grant them prosperity. It's also critical for kids to remember that when they suffer challenges as a result of their bad behaviour, they should approach them with patience and gratitude, seeing them as an opportunity to make amends.
Here Are Some Ahadith About The Sufferings And The Atonement For The Sins That Caused Them:
Abu Musa reported the Prophet as saying, “No affliction great or small afflicts a man but for a sin, but there are more which God forgives.” Then he recited, “Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have done; but He forgives much.”(Qur’an, 42:30)
(Tirmidhi transmitted it/ Mishkat al-Masabih 1558)
It was narrated by al-Khadir bin al-Qawwas from Abu Sukhailah who said: `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Shall I not tell you of the best verse in the Book of Allah, may He be exalted, that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) told to us? [It is:] And whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much” [42:30]. [He said:] “I will explain it to you, O ‘Ali. ‘And whatever of misfortune befalls you, be it sickness or punishment or trials in this world, `it is because of what your hands have earned. And Allah is too generous to double the punishment in the Hereafter, Whatever Allah pardons in this world. He is too forbearing to retract His pardon.” (Musnad Ahmad 649)
Abu Burdah narrated from his father Abu Musa, that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "No worshiper suffers a calamity nor what is worse than that or less, except due to a sin, and what Allah pardons as a result of it is more." He (Abu Musa) said: "And he recited: And whatever misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned (42:30)."
(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3252)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that “Good deeds prolong life, supplication averts destiny and of course, man is deprived of sustenance because of some of his sins” (Ibn Majah, Kitab al-Fitan, 4/369, Hadith 4022)
Hazrat Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If a believer is afflicted with a thorn or something greater than that, then Allah Almighty raises him to a higher rank or removes one of his faults. (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Birr, Hadith 2572)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “The believer's illness is the expiation for his sins” (Shu’bul Iman, Hadith 9835)
May Allah Almighty provide us Muslims the opportunity to repent, to participate in allegiance to Him and devotion to His religious instructions, and to be forgiven for our misdeeds! May Allah Almighty keep us safe and secure from all sufferings and tribulations, as well as provide us with the strength to confront the difficulties ahead. Ameen.
A regular Columnist with NewAgeIslam.com, Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi Dehlvi is an Alim and Fazil (Classical Islamic scholar) with a Sufi background and English-Arabic-Urdu Translator.
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