Consequences of Sins of a Believer are Repelled with Ten Means – Ibn Taymiyyah
Repelling the consequences of sinning
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya
Shaykh ul-Islaam Ahmad bin AbdulHaleem Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:
‘It has been established in the ‘Saheeh’ of al-Bukhari from the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- that he said:
‘Indeed one’s actions are judged by his final actions.’
Therefore, if the believer commits evil than its consequences are repelled from him with ten means:
- That he repents, by which Allaah turns to him, since indeed the one who repents from a sin is like the one who has no sin at all.
- Or that the person seeks forgiveness from Allaah and Allaah forgives him.
- Or he does good actions to wipe out that sin, since indeed good deeds take away evil deeds.
- Or that his believing brothers supplicate for him and seek forgiveness for him, whether he is alive or deceased.
- Or relay to him the reward of his actions, those with which Allaah benefits him by.
- Or that his Prophet Muhammad intercedes for him.
- Or Allaah trials him in the Dunya with problems and difficulties expiate his sins.
- Or Allaah trials him in al-Barzakh (the stage after death until the Day of Judgment) with Fitnah and being squeezed in the grave, which expiate his sins.
- Or Allah trials him with events of al-Qayyama (Resurrection) due to the horror at that time, which expiate his sins.
- Or The Most Merciful [Allaah] of those who show mercy has mercy upon him.
[From: ‘at-Tuhfah al-Iraqiyeeh min ‘Amal al-Quloob’ by Ibn Taymeeyah P.366-367]