Dividends of repenting for a true mulsim
[ March 18, 2016 ]
The enforcement of punishment on muslim sinners is for their own benefit, just as a father’s enforcement of punishment on his son is for the child’s own benefit. For example, a six year old boy sticks his fingers in an electric socket. His father, fearful that the boy may electrocute himself, punishes him for that.
A parent threatens to punish his child only as a benefit for the child, even though the recalcitrant child might be too immature to realize that the punishment stems from his father’s love and concern. If the child puts his fingers into the electric socket, it will be he himself—not his father—who will be electrocuted. Likewise, if we sin, we do this to our own detriment, and the glory of Almighty Allah is unaffected. The worldly punishment therefore is a means, not the ends; the goal of the punishment is not to punish, but rather to serve as a strong deterrent. If a father is too lenient with his son and does not say anything when the child puts his fingers in the socket, then the boy will not realize the gravity of what he is doing. He will then keep sticking his finger in the socket until one day he will get electrocuted and die. Likewise, if Almighty Allah does not send affliction down upon his servants, they might not ever realize the error in their ungodly ways until they reach spiritual death. For example, the philandering husband may never realize that his indiscretions will one day lead to the breakdown of his family unit, the compulsive gambler might not realize that his addiction will lead to bankruptcy, and the alcoholic might not realize that his drinking will lead to a life of misery and emptiness. So Almighty Allah sends down upon these people punishments, in order not only to expiate them of their sins, but also to alert and awaken them to their detrimental ways. Imagine the child who knows that his parents won’t do anything if he is caught doing drugs. This would be parental negligence, and it would lead to the child harming himself without any fear of repercussions.
A believer who is aggrieved by trials and tribulations should take heart in the fact that he/She is one of Allah’s chosen ones, whom Almighty Allah loves enough not to punish in hell but rather whom he wishes to purify in this life.
Therefore, a responsible parent will establish certain guidelines so that the child knows that if he takes drugs, then he will be grounded. This causes the child to stay away from drugs for fear of being punished. Similarly, the creation of hellfire—though it is a punishment—is also a mercy to mankind; through the threat of it, Almighty Allah creates much good. Hell-Fire is a punishment that Almighty Allah od threatens upon his servants, so that they may fear Almighty Allah and thereby obey him; such people will then become spiritual, righteous, and rightly guided. This will not benefit the Almighty but rather it will only benefit themselves. The Almighty Allah has no need for them, but they have a need for Allah in their lives. But Almighty Allah gives his servants many chances and warnings before he condemns them to hellfire. A believer who is aggrieved by trials and tribulations should take heart in the fact that he/She is one of Allah’s chosen ones, whom Almighty Allah loves enough not to punish in hell but rather whom he wishes to purify in this life. What of the one who sins and never seeks Allah’s forgiveness? What about the one who continues to sin without any plans to stop? The Almighty Allah does not let all sins go unpunished because this would lead people to become negligent and wicked.
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