Sunday, March 15, 2009

Corruption of Righteous Deeds

This past week in my Al-Qawaaid Al Arba class the lecture included corruption of righteous deeds. The idea was that man may do righteous deeds but then does something to corrupt or even negate it. One of the 4 categories of this is as follows:

One that does a sinful act, and is persistent upon it. So he does righteous deeds but is persistent upon minor sins. If he does not repent and dies upon this then this is like committing a major sin.

This really got me thinking. First of all, what is a minor sin? A minor sin is something which is prohibited but that does not have a punishment prescribed in Quran and Sunnah (correct me if I'm wrong). So do things like not covering properly, smoking, listening to inappropriate music fall into this category?

This is pretty serious stuff now. I think that we all lose track of minor sins. They don't seem so scary because there is no prescribed punishment for them, but as Allah swt said: you counted it a little thing, while with Allâh it was very great. ~24:15 . Little sins can build up, so we need to constantly be aware of what we do and be sure to repent.


Habibti said...

that is why we repent more than 70 times per dauy

Jamilah said...

But do we repent for the specific things? If we don't, or don't think they are wrong then what?

Habibti said...

i tell myself sometimes about that. i do things i dont consider sins and Allah may see them as sins. that is why we ask Allah to forgive us for the all sins we have done, those we did by ignorance or by error, wether we know it or not. but here i am talking about minor sins not major ones. for the major ones, we are supposed to know them and reflect before acting. i wish i could keep that reminder to myself. i forget os many times. May Allah guide us

Sacrifice4Allah said...

As Salaamu 'alaikum Jamilah,

InshaAllah you're in the best of health and imaan this Wednesday night.

Minor sins have the capacity to undo all our good deeds simply because we consider them insignificant, without weight, small etc. etc. and that is the dangerous mentality and attitude to have because minor sins have the power to send us to Jahanaam(may Allah save us from it). Only regular repentance and abstaining from them can overcome this.

I ask Allah for forgiveness and the minute i start reeling off the sins I've committed (may Allah forgive me and have mercy on me), i feel overwhelmed and ashamed. Astagfirullah!

Sacrifice4Allah said...

Oops! I meant 'That is A (not the) dangerous mentality and attitude to have'

Una Riflessione said...

Assalamu Alaikum,

MashaAllah very well written!


Pixie said...

Jazzakallah kheiran sister! Good post!