How different are both of them!
It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Mas’ood رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ: A Mu`min [believer] looks upon his sins in such a way as if he is sitting at the bottom of a mountain and he is afraid lest the mountain falls upon him; whereas for a sinner and transgressor, the matter of sins is like if a fly sits on his nose and he removes it with the gesture of his hand. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 190, Hadees 3608)
Hakeem-ul-Ummat, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه states: Sign of a Mu`min [believer] is that he doesn’t consider even a minor sin to be insignificant. He thinks that even a small spark can set the whole house ablaze. Hence, he does not even dare to commit them; and in case he commits them, then he repents immediately. Fear from sins is the sign of the pinnacle of Iman. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه further states: (a transgressor), let alone the minor sins, he even considers major sins to be insignificant. He says that ‘what if I committed a sin! Allah Almighty is all Forgiving and Merciful’. This thought is not “hope”, but “Fearlessness” from Allah Almighty, which leads one to the extent of disbelief [Kufr]. A man first considers a minor sin to be insignificant, then the major sins and then even disbelief and profanity becomes insignificant for him. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 3, pp. 375)
Dear Islamic brothers! Sins were being committed in the past too, but those committing sins would later feel remorse and conceal their sins. Moreover, upon making them realize, they would also repent of sins. Then the times changed and now, our society has majority of such people who have become so bold in committing sins that neither do they feel a slightest bit of hesitation in committing sins, nor are they embarrassed after committing the sin! Alas! Today, sins like leaving Salah and Siyam of Ramadan, dealing with interest and bribery, usurping the land, snatching the mobile and money at the street corners, swearing, gambling, killing unlawful babies straight after their birth and throwing their dead body into pile of trash, killing or burning young girls after raping them, killing one’s own offspring in order to get the unlawful lover, uploading indecent videos on the social media, throwing acid on somebody’s face, running away with debt, and similar kind of hundreds of sins are boldly committed. When those indulged in these sins are tried to be made to understand and realise about their sins, then some foul-mouthed people also give this kind of responses: Mind your own business. Do not stop us. We are not scared of anyone. No one can harm us at all! Etc. etc.
Just ponder! When one doesn’t admit his mistake, then how will he refrain from it in future? How will he repent from sins while not being embarrassed over them? A more serious and concerning factor is that some people are so bold and rebellious that they even persuade others to commit sins, and if someone refrains others from committing sins while inviting them towards righteousness, then they start quarrelling with him.
Bigger sin than a sin
Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا narrates: O the one committing sin! Do not be fearless of a bad end; and when you commit a sin, then do not commit a bigger sin than that! Your lack of observance of modesty from the angels appointed at your left and right is a bigger sin than the one you committed! Moreover, you being pleased over committing a sin is even a bigger sin than that; whereas you do not know how Allah Almighty will treat you! (Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 10, pp. 60; summarized)
The heart blackens
While warning the habitual sinners, Hujjat-ul-Islam, Sayyiduna Imam Muhammad Bin Muhammad Ghazali رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه narrates: Undoubtedly, the heart blackens due to committing sin. Moreover, the sign of the blackening of the heart is that one does not feel distressed due to sins. One does not get the privilege of observing obedience and advice has no effect on him. Do not consider any sin to be inferior and despite committing major sins persistently, do not deem yourself to be the one who repents. (Minhaj-ul-‘Aabideen, pp. 24)
Causes for being bold in committing sins
٭ Lack of knowledge of Deen is also a major cause of boldness, because the Muslim who possesses the knowledge that a certain act is sin and following is the torment for it, then he will also try to refrain from it.
٭ An evil company also leaves its marks. The one sitting among those who swear, what else will he do other than swear!
٭ Absence of modesty is also a cause for it, because it is stated in a Hadees that when there is no modesty left in you, then do what you like. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 470, Hadees 3484)
٭ Easiness in committing a sin also plays its part.
٭ Not being held to account straightaway is also a cause for one becoming firm on committing sins.
٭ Nafs of a man doesn’t let him think about the torments. Hence, one becomes determined on committing sins.
٭ In the old days, social environment also used to keep a person from committing indecencies. Mother, father, uncles, all used to nourish the child at home. Moreover, elderly wise people in the streets would also make the youth understand if they saw them indulged in indecencies. Now, such social environment has also almost diminished. The youth doesn’t listen to their parents, let alone the outsiders.
٭ The role of media and social media is the most dangerous out of all. The way films, stories of dramas, talk shows and various different advertisements have severely harmed the Islamic culture, is obviously evident in the society.
Can we endure?
٭ Today, we enjoy sins a lot. We feel a lot of enjoyment in it; but all this enjoyment and fun is fake. The true pleasure of life lies in the virtuous deeds; whereas the consequence of sins is Hell. Moreover, the torments of Hell are so horrific which we cannot even imagine to endure.
٭ Fire of Hell is 70 times more intensified than the fire of this world.
٭ If Hell is opened to the size of a needle eye, then all dwellers of this world will die due to its heat.
٭ If one link of one chain which will be used to tie the Hell dwellers is placed on any mountain of this world, then it will sink into the ground.
٭ There are camel-sized snakes in the Hell. If any of the snakes bites anyone, then he will feel its pain for forty years.
٭ Scorpions in it are the size of a mule; if they sting once, then the pain will be felt for forty years.
٭ The smallest punishment of the Hell is that a person will be made to wear the shoes of fire, due to which, his brain will boil like a kettle.
Ger Tu naraz huwa mayri halakat hogi
Haye mayn nar-e-Jahannam mayn jaloon ga Ya Rab
There is still time
Due to the rebelliousness and boldness [in committing sins], previous nations such as the nation of Loot, nation of ‘Aad, nation of Nuh, nation of Saalih, were inflicted with the wrath of Allah Almighty within this world, and they became a sign of admonition for the remaining world. We should fear the torment of Allah Almighty. We may not be held to account in this world, but we will come to know about the consequences of our disobediences after our death. However, it would be too late by then. We are still alive. We don’t know what day and time our death will approach! Appreciate the life before death and refrain from sins. Repent sincerely in the blessed court of Allah Almighty and beautify both this world and the afterlife, while engaging in earning virtuous deeds. May Allah Almighty be the Protector and Helper of all of us!
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم