The Bitter Consequences of Sins
By Imaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah 
is essential to know that sins and acts of disobedience are,
necessarily, very harmful. Their harm effects upon the heart are akin
to the harmful effects of poison upon the body, though the effects vary
in their levels and intensities.
So is there any evil or harm in this world, or in the Hereafter, except that it is due to sins and disobedience?
what was it that expelled the two parents [i.e. Adam and Eve] from
Paradise; the home of delight, bliss, splendor and joy; to the home of
pain, sorrow and misfortune?
was it that expelled Iblees [i.e. Satan] from the heavenly realms,
causing him to be rejected and cursed; transforming him both inwardly
and outwardly, so that his form became ugly and hideous - his inner
form more hideous than his outer - replacing his nearness with
remoteness, mercy with curse, his beauty with ugliness, from being in
Paradise to being in the blazing Fire, from having faith to being an
unbeliever, from having the patronage and friendship of Allaah, the
Praiseworthy Guardian, to being the greatest enemy and opponent, from
glorifying and praising Him to committing acts of unbelief, shirk,
lies, deception and shamelessness, from being adorned with faith to
being clothed in the garment of unbelief, sinfulness and disobedience,
causing him to reach the deepest depths of despicability, plunging down
in the sight of Allaah as far as it is possible to plunge; causing the
anger of Allaah the Exalted to be upon him, making him an outcast -
despised and humiliated - so that he became a leader for every sinner
and criminal, becoming pleased with leadership for himself, after
having reached the station of worship and nobility?
O Allaah, we seek refuge in You from opposing Your command and falling into what You have forbidden.
What was it that caused the people of the earth to drown, to the extent that the water rose above even the mountaintops?
was it that caused the violent winds to overcome the people of ‘Aad,
such that it flung them down dead upon the face of the earth - as if
they were lopped-off palm trunks - and it destroyed whatever dwellings
and crops it came across, thus making them an example for nations until
the Day of Resurrection?
was it that caused the piercing shrieks to be set loose upon the
Thamood people, such that their hearts were severed within their very
bodies, by which they all perished?
was it that caused the town of the homosexuals to be raised≠ up and
turned upside down, such that they were all destroyed? Then stones from
the sky pelted down upon them so that they suffered a combined
punishment, the like of which was not given to any other nation! And
for their brothers will be its like; and it is not far off from the
was it that caused the clouds of punishment to overcome the people of
Shu’ayb, such that when these clouds were above their heads it rained
scorching fire upon them?
was it that caused the Pharaoh and his people to be drowned in the
ocean, and caused their souls to be transported to the Hellfire, so
their bodies drowned and their souls burned?
What was it that caused Qaaroon, his dwelling, wealth and family to sink down into the earth?
was it that caused the destruction of those generations after Noah, and
how they were afflicted with various punishments that caused their
What was it that caused the destruction of the companions of Yaa Seen, with the clamorous shout, which destroyed them?
caused there to be sent against the Children of Israa’eel enemies of
great strength and might, plundering their homes, killing their men,
enslaving their women and children, burning their dwellings, seizing
their wealth, and then returning again a second time, destroying what
was rebuilt after the first onslaught?
was it that caused the various types of punishments to be set loose
upon the Children of Israa’eel? Killing them, enslaving them,
destroying their land and at times causing them to be oppressed by
kings, whilst at another time causing them to be transformed into apes
and swines - and finally the Lord took an oath that: “He would
certainly keep on sending against them, until the Day of Resurrection,
those who will inflict them with a humiliating torment.” [Soorah al-A’raaf 7:167]
Ahmad said: al-Waleed ibn Muslim related to us; that Safwaan ibn ’Amr
related to us; that ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Jubayr ibn Nufayr related; from
his father, who said:
Cyprus was conquered and its people were dispersed and they started
weeping to each other, I saw Abud-Dardaa sitting alone and weeping. So
I said to him: O Abud-Dardaa! What makes you weep on this day that
Allaah has granted strength and honor to Islaam and its people? So he
said: Woe be to you O Jubayr! How insignificant the creation becomes to
Allaah when they turn away from His command. In front of us is a nation
who were evidently powerful and who had dominion, yet they abandoned
Allaah’s command, so look what has become of them.”
 ‘Alee ibn al-Ja’d said: Shu’bah ibn ‘Amr ibn Murrah informed us; I heard Abul-Bukhtaree say:I was informed by someone, who heard the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) saying:
“The people will not perish, until they have no excuse left for themselves.”
Imaam Ahmad reports in his Musnad, from the hadeeth of Umm Salamah, who
said: I heard Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) saying:
“When acts of disobedience become widespread in my ummah, then Allaah may send punishment upon them all from Himself” So I said: 0 Allaah’s Messenger! Even if there are righteous people amongst them that day? So he replied: “Indeed!” So I said: How will that be? He replied: “They
will be afflicted with what afflicts the people, then they will move on
to the forgiveness of Allaah and His good pleasure.” 
 Ad-Daa’ wad-Dawaa’ (pp.65-67).
 Reported by Imaam Ahmad in az-Zuhd (i/86) with an authentic (saheeh) chain of narration
 Reported by Ahmad (4/260) and Abu Daawood (no.4347) with an authentic chain of narration.
 Reported by Ahmad (6/304) and one of its narrators is Layth ibn
Abee Sulaym, who is weak. However the hadeeth is established due to
further supporting narrations. Consult Silsilatul-Ahaadeethus-Saheehah
(no.1372) of Shaykh al-Albaanee
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