The Abandonment of Wrongdoing

Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
Excerpted from Al-Fawaa'id

Glory be to Allâh, Lord of the Worlds. There is not in the abandonment of misdeeds and wrongdoing save

- the establishment of manhood;

- the protection of honor;

- the preservation of prestige;

- the conservation of wealth - [all matters] which Allâh has placed as a foundation for the correction of the Dunya and the Hereafter - the love of creation [for him] and a statement of approval amongst them;

- a righteous substinence;

- a healthy body;

- strength of the heart;

- tranquillity of the soul;

- happiness of the heart;

- a state of pleasure and cheerfulness;

- safety from the perils of the sinners and wrongdoers, [and] an absence of purpose, grief, and sorrow;

- a sense of honor from the possibility of ignominy and disgrace;

- protection for the light of the heart from being extinguished by the darkness of transgression;

- the acquirement of an escape from [that matter] which has caused the sinners and transgressors to become depressed and dejected;

- the availability of sustenance [for him] from [an avenue] where it was not considered [possible];

- the facilitation of [that matter] which has become difficult for the masters of sin and transgression [to obtain];

- the facilitation of righteous deeds [for him];

- the acquisition of knowledge and beautified praise amongst the people;

- an abundant amount of supplication [for him];

- a beautified countenance;

- the veneration which is cast into the hearts of the people [for him];

- their help and protection [for him] whenever he is hurt and oppressed;

- their act of defending his honor whenever he is defamed and slandered;

- a swift response to his supplication;

- the removal of estrangement between [the individual] and Allah;

- the proximity of the Angels [towards him];

- the distancing of the Shayaateen from amongst the men and Jinn [from him];

- a rivalry amongst the people to serve him and fulfil his needs;

- their engagement for his love and companionship;

- his absence of fear from death;

- rather he rejoices in that [matter], for his arrival before His Lord and his encounter with Him [leads to] his fate amongst Him;

- the insignificance of the Dunya in his heart;

- the importance of the Hereafter amongst him;

- his yearning for the Sublime Kingdom, and the lofty success therein;

- the sweet taste of obedience;

- the love for the sweetness of Imaan;

- the supplication of those who carry the Throne, and whosoever surrounds Him from amongst His Angels;

- the delight of the Scribes, and their continuous supplication for him;

- an increase in intellect, understanding, faith, and comprehension;

- his acquisition of the Love of Allâh, and His [act] of Turning towards him;

- [the attainment] of His Delight for his act of penitence; this [matter] rewards him with delight and happiness. For there is no connection for [the individual] to His Delight and Happiness by means of wrongdoing, [and] its various types.

Accordingly, these are some of these signs [actualized] by the abandonment of wrongdoing in this world.

When the individual dies, the Angels receive him, and convey upon him the glad tidings of Paradise from his Lord. In addition to [the good news] that no fear or sorrow shall be upon him. He will alter his residence from the prison of this Dunya and its confinement, to a garden from amongst the Gardens of Paradise. He shall experience its delights therein until the Day of Judgment.

When the Day of Judgment [arrives] the people shall be [in a state] of [extreme] heat and perspiration, [however] he shall be in the shade of a Throne. When they depart from before Allâh, the Companions of the right-hand shall take him with His God-Fearing allies, and His Victorious Party. Indeed:

“That is the bounty of Allah. He confers it to upon whosoever He desires, and Allah is in possession of the Sublime Bounty.” [Sûrah al-Jumu‘ah, Ayah4 ]


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