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Sins Remove the Favors of Allah

August 20, 2012

المعاصي تزيل النعم Sins remove the favors (of Allah)

ومن عقوبات الذنوب : أنها تزيل النعم ، وتحل النقم ، فما زالت عن العبد نعمة إلا بذنب ، ولا حلت به نقمة إلا بذنب ، كما قال علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه – : ما نزل بلاء إلا بذنب ، ولا رفع إلا بتوبة .

And from the punishments for sins is that they remove the favors and cause the punishments to occur.  No favor has been removed from the servant except because of a sin.  And no punishment has occurred except because of a sin.  As was said by Ali bin Abee Taalib – Allah be pleased with him – no trial descends except for a sin, and no trial is raised except with repentance.

وقد قال تعالى : وما أصابكم من مصيبة فبما كسبت أيديكم ويعفو عن كثير

[ سورة الشورى : 30] .

And indeed Allah, The Most High, said (translated), ‘ And whatever afflicts you from calamaties is from what your own hands have earned.  And He forgives much.’ (42:30)

وقال تعالى :

ذلك بأن الله لم يك مغيرا نعمة أنعمها على قوم حتى يغيروا ما بأنفسهم

[ سورة الأنفال : 53] .

And The Most High said (translated), ‘That’s because Allah won’t change the favor He has bestowed upon a people until they change what is in their own selves.’ (8:53)

فأخبر الله تعالى أنه لا يغير نعمه التي أنعم بها على أحد حتى يكون هو الذي يغير ما بنفسه ، فيغير طاعة الله بمعصيته ، وشكره بكفره ، وأسباب رضاه بأسباب سخطه ، فإذا غير غير عليه ، جزاء وفاقا ، وما ربك بظلام للعبيد .
So Allah, The Most High, has informed us that He doesn’t change His Favors that He has bestowed upon anyone until he changes them with himself.  So a person changes obedience to Allah to disobedience to Him, or he changes his gratitude to Him to ingratitude to Him, or He changes from things which cause Him to be pleased to things which cause Him to be displeased.  So if the person changes, then things are changed for him – an exact  recompense.  And your Lord is not oppressive to His servants.

فإن غير المعصية بالطاعة ، غير الله عليه العقوبة بالعافية ، والذل بالعز .

And if he changes the disobedience to obedience, then Allah changes for Him the punishment to forgiveness, and humiliation to honoring

وقال تعالى :إن الله لا يغير ما بقوم حتى يغيروا ما بأنفسهم وإذا أراد الله بقوم سوءا فلا مرد له وما لهم من دونه من وال

[ سورة الرعد : 11 ] .

And The Most High said (translated): “Verily! Allâh will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allâh). But when Allâh wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector.”1 (13:11)

المرجع Reference

كتاب الداء و الدواء لابن القيم رحمه الله

The book: The Illness and its Cure by Imam Ibnul Qayyim – rahimahullah

1Translation of this verse taken from: