Islamic Perspectives

What causes removal of Blessings

Punishment of sins includes that they cause blessings to be removed and calamity and hardship to descend. Blessings are taken from the servant because of his sins.

Allah the Most High has said, “And whatever misfortunes befall you it is because of what you have earned with your hands.’ (Qur’an, 42:30)

And that is because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed upon a people until they change what is in their own selves (Qur’an, 8:53).

Allah has informed us that He will not deprive the sons of Adam the good things He has granted them unless they alter that which is within them.

That is to say, a person changes obedience to Allah to disobedience and gratitude to ingratitude. He turns from the causes of Allah’s pleasure to the causes of Allah wrath. Thus, when the servant transforms, a befitting compensation is prepared to suit his condition. And, your Lord is not a wrongdoer to His servants. In the same manner, if the human being changes disobedience to obedience, Allah replaces Punishment with Pardon. “Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves. But when Allah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it and they will find besides Him no protector. (Qur’an, 13:11)

It was beautifully said: “If you are in a (pasture) of a good grace, then graze therein. For indeed sins are diminished by obedience to Allah. And your Lord is swift in retribution. Beware of oppression to the best of your ability.

Oppression reaps evil consequences and travel within your heart amongst mankind that it may see the remnants of those who were ill-treated. There was nothing more destructive to people than tyranny and it is that which shatters lives: “Do you know what that smell is? That is the stench of those who gossip and backbite the believers” (Ahmad, Al-Adab al Mufrad).

Ibn Al-Qayyim al-Jawziyah (691-751 AH)
(from his book Sins and their Punishment )

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2012 on page no. 21

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