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Sins vs. Salvation

How the awe of Allah can change your life.

By Janita KhalidPublished about a year ago 3 min read
Sins vs. Salvation
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As human beings, we all have our weaknesses and shortcomings. Sometimes, we may find ourselves indulging in sinful acts that we know are not in accordance with the teachings of Islam. These may be sins that we commit in secrecy or loneliness, away from the eyes of the world. However, when we make the conscious decision to leave these sins solely because of the awe of Allah, we are rewarded with magfirah, the forgiveness of Allah.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran, “And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed” (24:31). This verse emphasizes the importance of repentance and turning towards Allah for forgiveness. When we recognize our mistakes and repent sincerely, Allah is always ready to forgive us.

But, how can we further benefit from leaving sins?

One way is to give ourselves greed when leaving a sin. Greed, in this context, means asking for our prayers from Allah for leaving particular sin.

When we make ourselves refrain from a sin, we will automatically be added to the list of “Allah’s favourite/beloved human beings.” When someone becomes a favorite or beloved of Allah, their words are accepted. Therefore, it is essential to ask for a prayer from Allah at that very moment. Any prayer that has not been accepted should be asked for during this time.

While some may consider this greed, there is nothing wrong with this type of greed as long as it does not make us return to the sin. Instead, it motivates us to leave the sin for the sake of Allah and earn more rewards from Him.

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In the Quran, Allah says, “And whoever fears Allah — He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah — then He is sufficient for him” (65:2–3). This verse emphasizes that when we fear Allah, He will provide for us in ways we cannot imagine. Therefore, asking for more rewards for leaving a sin is not wrong; rather, it is a sign of our faith in Allah’s infinite mercy and generosity.

The act of leaving a sin because of the awe of Allah is a sign of true faith and a desire to please Allah. It requires a strong willpower to resist the temptation of sinning and instead choose the path of righteousness. When we do so, Allah rewards us with not just forgiveness but also with the concealment of our sins from the world.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran, “If they (the believers) do something shameful, they say: ‘We found our fathers doing it and Allah commanded us to do it.’ Say: ‘Allah never commands what is shameful. Do you say of Allah what you do not know?’” (7:28). This verse highlights that Allah never commands us to commit sins or shameful acts. Therefore, when we choose to leave such acts, we are following the true teachings of Islam.

Furthermore, Allah rewards us with ‘Ajar’, which keeps growing on. This refers to the fact that Allah multiplies the reward of our good deeds, and it keeps growing and increasing. When we leave a sin solely because of the awe of Allah, we are rewarded not just with forgiveness but also with an ever-growing reward that we will receive in the hereafter.

In conclusion, leaving a sin because of the awe of Allah is a sign of true faith and a desire to please Allah. When we do so, we are rewarded with magfirah, the concealment of our sins from the world, and an ever-growing reward in the hereafter. Therefore, it is essential to strive to leave all sins, whether committed in secrecy or openly, for the sake of Allah and His pleasure.

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