Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
(Don’t miss reading this regardless of the length please).
Let’s continue from the first reminder. There is something VERY important that you need to remember always
Shaytan (the accursed devil) has 2 major techniques:
1- To make the sin seem appealing, approachable and easy to do.
2- Once the sin is committed, he makes asking for forgiveness and repentance seem impossible/fake/useless so that the person feels worthless and give up.
So don’t give him that. Be conscious of his techniques, immune and empower yourself.
Allah says: “[… and despair not of relief from Allah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people” (Qur’an 12: 87).
Giving up and falling in despair is equal to disbelief because if you do that, aren’t you aware that Allah’s Name is The Continuously Merciful, The Forgiver, The Accepter of repentance..? These are His Names and these are His attributes and actions, who are we to deny His Names or deny the mercy and forgiveness that He wants to give His slaves! Denying His Names and Attributes is like denying Him.
This sort of desperation is from the shaytan. As Allah says:
” Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Qur’an 2: 268)
Shaytan makes people focus on the downside (the sin, fear, poverty, hopelessness, failure) so they would overlook the immense hope that is there of Allah’s Help, Support and Mercy. So don’t give him that.
Yes you’ve sinned and you feel sad and ugly. But do you know that despite all of that, you’re actually in a position to be loved by Allah!
Yes, loved! Allah says:
” [… Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.”
(Qur’an 2: 222).
So, not only will Allah forgive, but He will also show His Love and Mercy upon those who repent and sincerely seek Him and seek the right course.
The action points here are in two folds:
1- Immune yourself against sin and against being an easy prey to Shaytan. How?
Maintain all obligatory prayers on time. Make sure to recite the morning and evening adhkar regularly every day. They keep a lot of harm away and protect the person inwardly and outwardly.
Engage with the Qur’an. Must read and/or listen to the words of Allah everyday. They keep one in check. Listen to or attend lectures of tafseer of Qur’an (exegesis and commentary). Try to also study and memorize Qur’an to the best of your ability.
Have righteous friends. Have righteous friends. Have righteous friends and keep their company as much as possible. They remind you of Allah, encourage you for goodness and take your mind off sins. Recite Surat Al Baqarah whenever you feel weak. It shields and protects you against the Shaytan. Get busy. Occupy yourself with useful activities because if you’re not engaged in useful activities, shaytan will engage you in harmful ones.
2- If you do sin, just come back again! How?
Stop the sin.
Acknowledge and regret the sin wholeheartedly Make sincere and heartfelt repentance to Allah.
Sincerely decide to not go back to it again. Follow the bad deed with a good deed so it wipes it out.
“And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” (Qur’an 11: 114)
So, if you did sin, then get back up and repeat the above steps.
Remember, if you are sincerely trying and you are doing your best to remain on the right course and you do not wish to keep doing or to insist on the sin, then you’re on the right track.
But…. if you take Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness as a means to carry on doing sins and neglect or delay repentance, then you should be worried.
Remember the continuation of the verse mentioned earlier…
“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Qur’an 39: 53-54). Allahu Akbar.
May Allah keep guiding us all and protect us from any satanic influences. Aameen.