40 Worldly Benefits Of Abandoning Sins

The great scholar, Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentioned a great number of benefits that one can enjoy in this life before being honoured with the unending reward of Allaah in the hereafter. He mentioned the following:

  1. Maintaining personal integrity (muroo’ah)
  2. Keeping your name and reputation clean
  3. Protecting your social status
  4. Preserving wealth that Allaah has provided and made as a means to take care of worldly and religious benefits
  5. A wholesome life
  6. A properly rested body
  7. A strong heart
  8. A clean soul
  9. Happiness of the heart
  10. A relaxed chest
  11. Security from the worries that affect the wicked and disobedient (specifically)
  12. Less worry, sadness, and grief (in general)
  13. Inner strength of personal honour, not yielding to disgrace
  14. Safeguarding the light in one’s heart from being extinguished by the darkness of disobedience
  15. A way around (or out of) what confines the wicked and disobedient
  16. Being granted provisions easily from avenues unthought of
  17. General ease being granted in affairs that are difficult upon the people of disobedience
  18. Having acts of obedience made a easy for you to perform
  19. Having knowledge made easy for you to attain
  20. The general speech of the people in your favour
  21. Lots of supplications are made in your favour
  22. The delight that can be seen your face
  23. The respect that is place in the people’s hearts for you
  24. Their support and defense of you when harmed or oppressed
  25. Their defense of you in the presence of those who backbite you
  26. Quick responses to your supplications
  27. The dispelling of unfamiliarity between you and Allaah
  28. The closeness of the angels
  29. Distance from the devils, both the jinn and human of them
  30. The people outdoing each other to serve you and take care of your needs
  31. Their seeking your love and companionship
  32. Not being afraid of death, instead you are happy to meet your Lord and to reach your final abode
  33. The insignificance of this world in your heart
  34. True reverence of the hereafter in your heart
  35. Vigilance regarding the great dominion (of paradise) and the great success that lies within it
  36. Tasting the sweetness of obedience
  37. Attaining the sweetness of faith
  38. The supplications of the angels who bear the throne, and the other angels as well
  39. The joy of the angels who write your deeds and their constant supplications in your favour
  40. An increase in intellect, understanding, faith, and knowledge
  41. Attaining the love of Allaah, His attention, and His happiness with your repentance

And Allaah knows best

Summarized and listed by: Moosa Richardson

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One Door Closes, Another One Opens

Life happens and we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes it’s for things we worked so hard for and some things we’ve been praying for but nonetheless, it doesn’t go our away. We beat ourselves up over it, thinking if I did this or if I did that, It would have been mine or we end up envying the individual who got it over us. We tell ourselves it is not fair and we feel like life it at it’s worse and it can’t get any better.

Take a second, relax, breathe. I know you wanted it so bad but did you ever think that it may not be good for you? That there is something else in the future for you? That this door of opportunity that you thought closed, actually opened another? That your skills, assets, learning experience is in place for a MUCH better position in this life?

Anytime something doesn’t go your way, think ahead in your life, not behind. This allows you to think positively for the future. We may not know what is in store but it allows your body to relax and breathe a little easier knowing that there is always something better. You tried, you did your best but it wasn’t for you. Know that you aren’t a failure and no matter what event has occurred in your life, there is something better. Whether you believe there is a higher power or not.

Islam allows us to think further ahead and not behind us. Islam tells us that the believer to be grateful and tells us to believe that ALL the affairs, events in your lives have been good for us.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affairs are good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good or happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him” [Shahih Muslim]

Sometimes we do need to see further out, rather than thinking too deep within. It is not the choices we have made but it is Allah subhanawatala telling you, there is something better for you. Life is a beautiful blessing and the beauty gets distorted due to the way we think about “missed” opportunities, closed doors or so called “failures.” Every single door that has closed has opened another but we are too blind, too caught up on the closed door to see the opening of another. Next time you think something has been missed or you failed at something, know this is not the end but there is something greater intended for you on the other side.

And Allah knows best.