What Are You Doing to Yourself?
By Umm Ibrahim
You love to whine about how this fickle person ignores you, that arrogant one oppresses you, and that obnoxious one mistreats you. But do you have a worse enemy than your own self? Aren’t you busy plotting against your own self day and night? Just see how you miss out on the joys and pleasures of this world and the next, through sinning! Yes, you actually miss out on this world too, when you sin! Allah says:
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”[Ash-Shura 42:30]
Sins have very harmful effects on our individual and collective lives, in this world as well as in the next. Entire books have been written on this subject. The very brief list below has been derived from the works of Ibn al-Qayyim. Although sins of all…
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