Causes of Weakness of faith part 3 by Sr Qadria
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Causes for Weakness of Faith
27 August 2014 – 01 Dhul Qu’da 1435
Causes for Weakness of Faith – Day 3
Today is the 1st day of Dhul Qu’da which is a sacred month, and Allah (swt) said do not wrong yourself in the sacred months, which means to not commit sins or violate the prohibitions of Allah (swt), and to not abandon obedience when it has been made easy for you. Furthermore, good deeds are double rewarded in the sacred months.
Causes for weaknesses of faith:
o The world and its allurements
o Associates / companions
o Heedlessness, aversion and forgetfulness
o Committing sins
o The soul that commands to evil
Shirk is the most destructive of sins, and we should not belittle the minor sins because they will compile, and can make a person enter the hellfire.
The evil consequences of the sins, Ibn Al Qayyim mentioned some of them:
1. Lack of guidance (tawfeeq): meaning he will not be guided to the right path
2. Incorrectness of opinion
3. Concealment of the truth: Allah (swt) will not show him the true path
4. Corruption of the heart: it will not be a sound heart, full of hatred, envy, jealousy
5. Lack of remembrance of Allah (swt)
6. Wasting time: not benefitting from his time
7. Dislikeness of the people for him
8. Strangeness between him and Allah (swt) – he does not enjoy his acts of obedience, he sees a barrier between himself and Allah (swt)
9. His supplication will not be accepted by Allah (swt)
10. Hardness of the heart: the heart will not respond to any admonition, when he recites the Quran and reads of torment of the hellfire, his heart does not tremble
11. No barakah in his life: no barakah in his time, wealth, children, home, etc
12. Deprivation of knowledge: even if he is coming and listening to the lectures, he will not be able to act upon it.
13. Humiliation subjected by an enemy: he will be humiliated and overpowered, whether by the shaitan, work, family, we ask Allah (swt) to protect us. Ameen.
14. Constriction of the heart: your heart may not be happy, this happens and most people do not know it is the impact of their sins, we ask Allah (swt) to protect us. Ameen
15. Being put to trial with evil companionship
16. Anxiety and sorrow is prolonged
17. Miserable life: hardship in life
How does a person begin to sin?
Humans are born pure, we are not born sinful as Christians believe. So how does a person begin to sin? Bear in mind that sins have a beginning and stimulants.
All sins begin with evil thoughts – thoughts being suggested by the shaitan or the evil self. It comes for the first time in the form of thoughts, and this is the job of the shaitan.
Surah Ibrahim 22: (And Shaitân (Satan) will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allâh promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allâh (by obeying me in the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).”)
o The shaitan will address the dwellers of hellfire, he will say I promised you and Allah (swt) promised you too, but I betrayed you. I had no power over you, I just called, but you responded – this is the act of the shaitan, he didn’t force or threaten you, he just whispered in your heart, and you responded. So don’t blame me, but blame yourselves. All the evil you see in the world is due to the whispers of the shaitan which will make the person to commit sins.
o Since we know that thoughts begin with the evil whispers of the shaitan, we need to be attentive to these whispers and the movements of our hearts, because either our hearts will move towards good or evil, subhan Allah.
o When people hear ( الذين آَمنوا وَ عَملوا اَلصالحات ) (Those who believe and perform righteous good deeds) – they think just actions of the limbs, but there are actions of the heart as well. You may be sitting and not saying anything, but your heart is still moving and having actions – it could be loving Allah (swt), fearing Him, etc. A person may also do wrong with his heart, how? His heart moves with envy, suspicion, having evil thoughts of Allah (swt), istaghfar Allah. We ask Allah (swt) to protect us. Ameen.
Shaitan and his relation to committing sin
Attitude of the shaitan when you want to do good:
You may be ready to perform a good deed, and he will come and whisper ideas to prevent you from doing the good, for example, he will say you run late if you pray now, you can’t read Arabic so don’t recite the Quran, etc. So you have to be patient and repel it by seeking refuge in Allah (swt).
And when you start the good deed, he will come again and begin to distract you with thoughts, because he does not want you to collect your heart – while you’re praying or reciting the Quran, your mind is somewhere else – he does not want you to benefit from the good deed you did. So seek refuge in Allah (swt).
And if you persist and continue with the good deed, he will come and remind you after completing your deed of self-conceit, self-accomplishment, reminding you of the praise of others, etc – he wants to nullify your good deeds. Just remember Allah (swt), if you say ‘ya Allah’ – he will run away, he does not like to hear the word ‘Allah’, subhan Allah. If you continue repelling his whispers, then you will succeed.
Attitude of the shaitan to make you sin:
You may be sitting, and he will throw a thought by reminding you of a person you are angry with, or make you suspicious of a person – the moment you surrender to his whisper, then that is the moment he will overpower you. But as soon as you say, may Allah (swt) guide him, may Allah (swt) forgive him, then the shaitan will run away, he does not want goodness between the people. But when you say yes to the shaitan, then these thoughts will settle in your heart.
Notice that as soon as you get up from your sleep, you will be reminded of someone who offended you – this is the shaitan whispering, and he will continue doing this until the person is like a prisoner in the hands of the shaitan.
Then the shaitan will start to plan for you – if you meet so and so, say this, do that, subhan Allah. If you repel the shaitan from the beginning, then you will not be accounted for it, but if these thoughts are being thought of and become settled, then you are accounted for this, then it becomes resolution (عزم ). This means that as there is resolution, there will be action. The sin is committed.
For example, the one who wants to commit suicide it does not happen like that on the spot. It begins with thoughts, the shaitan will whisper thoughts and make him despair in Allah (swt), he will tell him I am worthless, I have no purpose etc – and all of this is just a conversation in the mind, and the person is saying yes to these thoughts. Then the thoughts become settled, so the shaitan will begin to plan for him, he will say go to a high place, etc – until the act is done. We ask Allah (swt) for the well-being. Apply this process with any sin – be it adultery, theft, etc. We ask Allah (swt) to protect us. Ameen.
So we need to be very careful of the thoughts whispered by the shaitan if we do not repel them by seeking refuge in Allah (swt). It is important to have patience and to avoid the places or people that can arouse you to sin.
Surah Al Asr: (By Al-‘Asr (the time). (1) Verily, man is in loss, (2) Except those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience)
o You need four things to not be in loss:
Do good deeds
Enjoin patience: so patience is ¼ of the advice, you need patience to seek knowledge on belief, patience to do good deeds, and patience to enjoin the good, subhan Allah.
If the thoughts of the shaitan overpower you, then you need to immediately repent and seek forgiveness for your sin because the shaitan can come and make you despair from the mercy of Allah (swt) or delay your repentance. No matter how many times you sin, always repent to Allah (swt), you don’t know that your truthfulness may make you end your life in repentance, which is the most beloved deed to Allah (swt), subhan Allah. This is a true story of a young man who was in the hospital, and he would go to the doctor and tell him I sinned, and so the doctor would tell him to repent, and he continued this every time until he died in the hospital saying the shahada, subhan Allah. May Allah (swt) grant us the good end. Ameen.
What to do to avoid sinning? (‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands the Muslims are safe; and a Muhajir (Emigrant) is the one who refrains from what Allah has forbidden”.) – Bukhari and Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 211
1. Al Muhajir hates all sins, this is the most important description of a muhajir. If you feel hatred towards your sins, then this indicates soundness of your heart. But this requires knowledge to know what Allah (swt) considers as a sin.
The sound heart is the heart that hates sins and all that Allah (swt) has forbidden. The opposite is a heart that loves the sin – this heart needs remedy. Allah (swt) created us with a natural disposition to love good and hate evil, to hate oppression and love justice. If a person sees a man beating a child, what do you feel in your heart? Anger, this is a common feeling among all people, regardless of belief. From where do we have this feeling? It is our natural disposition, it is in our nature. All people love justice, ihsan, helping each other – it is considered a high moral, this is natural.
Whatever Allah (swt) considers evil in the Quran, then you have to know that the sound heart / natural disposition will hate it. Whatever Allah (swt) commands in the Quran, then you have to know that the sound heart / natural disposition will love it. There is a story of disbeliever man who said when he sees a woman in hijab, then he respects her, unlike nudity, subhan Allah. This is the natural disposition. But when a person follows his desire, then he will love what Allah (swt) hates, there will be a reversal of the natural disposition. A youth might repent from committing zina, but if he still feels in his heart that he wishes it was not forbidden, then that is not a true repentance. We ask Allah (swt) to protect us. Ameen.
2. Al muhajir feels fear in his heart towards committing the sin, he is afraid to meet with someone that will cause him to commit the sin, he fears the place that will make him commit the sin. He fears the sins and the causes that can make him commit the sins, whether people, place, or situation.
You should not feel secure about yourself or the plot of Allah (swt), never feel secure from the change of the situations and hearts. A woman who came from a rich family never thought that one day she would ask for zakat, subhan Allah.
When you see people sinning openly, for example children, don’t say my children don’t do this or they have not been taught, this is a dangerous feeling, because Allah (swt) can turn the sinning children good and your children bad, subhan Allah.
Even while reciting the Quran, when the ayat regarding zina and murder, do not think this is far away from me, not fearing it, you need to seek refuge in Allah (swt) and ask for the well-being in this life and hereafter.
In the salat, in the opening supplication ( O Allah! Set me apart from my sins (faults) as the East and West are set apart from each other) – you are asking Allah (swt) to keep you away from committing sins in the future, to be as far as the east and west. But we are heedless while saying this dua’a and do not see its fulfillment, we ask Allah (swt) for the well-being. Ameen.
Hadith: (Anas narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Every son of Adam sins, and the best of the sinners are the repentant.”) – At Tirmidhi Book 37, Hadith 2687. We are all sinful, no one is pure, and never ascribe purity to yourself, never say I will never commit this sin. The best of sinners are the ones who repent.
3. The muhajir tries his best to stay from the causes of the sins. For example, if he knows this gathering has music or mixing, then he stays away from the beginning. He cuts the link between him and the sins as much as he can.
4. If he is in a situation confronting the sin while not expecting, he will run away immediately. For example, he is invited to a gathering with no music and he trusted what is said to him, then after 20 minutes they play music – the muhajir runs away immediately from the sin, he will not say it’s inappropriate to leave, what will people think, he will not say I didn’t know so Allah (swt) will forgive me – he will not give any excuses. Just like Yusuf (as), he immediately ran away when being seduced, he did not say I am a prophet, I can handle it.
o The muhajir knows his enemies – the shaitan, the evil nafs, and evil people. If a person is high in faith and is able to overcome the whispers of the shaitan and evil nafs, then the shaitan will send from his human soldiers to cause the person to sin.
Internal cause – The soul that commands evil
In Surah Ash Shams, Allah (swt) swears by the nafs:
o Either he purifies himself or corrupts his soul by committing sins.
Different types of nafs mentioned in the Quran:
Surah Al Qiyamah 2: (And I swear by the self-reproaching person (a believer).)
Surah Al Fajr 27: ((It will be said to the pious — believers of Islamic Monothesim): “O (you) the one in (complete) rest and satisfaction!)
Surah Yusuf 53: (“And I free not myself (from the blame). Verily, the (human) self is inclined to evil, except when my Lord bestows His Mercy (upon whom He wills). Verily, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”)
o This means that no one will be saved from his evil self except by the mercy and grace of Allah (swt).
o The evil self calls to vulgarity, lusts, etc.
Purification of the self:
Surah An Noor 21: (O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaitân (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaitân (Satan), then, verily he commands Al-Fahshâ’ [i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse)], and Al-Munkar [disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; and to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islâm)]. And had it not been for the Grace of Allâh and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allâh purifies (guides to Islâm) whom He wills, and Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower.)
o This means that no one can purify your soul except Allah (swt). If we are left to ourselves, then we would be doomed. The evil is concealed in the soul, it is there in every person, but alhamdulliah Allah (swt) has also placed a good soul in us, but the evil and good soul are in a continuous struggle, the prevalent one will win. The evil soul calls to sin and the good soul calls to good deeds, if the person commits sin then the good soul is in pain, and if the person commits good deeds, then the evil soul is in pain.
o You need to ask Allah (swt) to purify your nafs and to make you the content nafs, until a person dies the good end. Ameen.
o Dua’a: (O Allah! Grant me the sense of piety and purify my soul as You are the Best to purify it. You are its Guardian and its Protecting Friend)
May Allah (swt) forgive us and protect us from our evil self. Ameen.