ABSTAINING FROM SIN
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (r.a) narrates that Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“When the Mu’min sins, a black spot forms on his heart. If he makes istighfaar and taubah, the black mark is removed and his heart is purified. If he increases his sin, the black mark increases. This is the corrosion of the heart spoken of by Allah Ta’ala (in the Qur’an).
[Ahmad, Tirmizi, Ibn Majah]
Hadhrat Muaaz (r.a) narrates that Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“Guard yourselves against sin because the Wrath of Allah descends in the wake of sin.” [Ahmad]
Hadhrat Anas Bin Malik (r.a) narrates that Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“Should I not show you your sickness and its remedy? Your sickness is sinning and your remedy is to seek forgiveness (istighfaar).” [Baihaqi]
Hadhrat Anas (r.a) narrates that Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“The hearts too become corroded(by means of sin). Its polish is istighfaar.” [Baihaqi]
Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“Verily, man is deprived of rizq because of the sins which he perpetrates.” [Ahmad]
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood (r.a) narrates that Rasulullah (pbuh) said:
“A sincere repenter of sins is like one who has not committed sins.” [Baihaqi]
Source: Hayatul Muslimeen
From the above we can see how important it is for a Muslim to refrain from committing sin. Sinning breaks our connection with Allah, I heard one scholar say recently. What better way to restore this connection than by humbling yourself to Allah and seeking forgiveness from Him, subhanallah!
How fortunate we are that we have been given the opportunity by the Almighty to repent and seek forgiveness such that a person who is sincere in Istighfar is like the person who has not committed sins.
May Allah swt give us the ability to realise, abandon and repent for our sins and be grateful to Him for showing us the error of our ways, Ameen.
Duah ma yhad