In life, we experience something amazing that makes us feel compelled to come closer to Allah, where we feel a sense of iman-rush. But after a while, dunya gets to us and our reality check makes us feel that we cannot be spiritual consistently. Here’s a tip on how to remain consistently on the path towards the pleasure of Allah.
“Verily the example of those who commit minor sins
is like a group of people who descended upon a valley.
One of them brought a stick, and then another person brought a stick,
and then another and another,
until they gathered enough for a fire to cook their bread.
This is similar to the idea of minor sins,
because the accumulation of small sins
will eventually become enough to destroy you
(just like the piling of sticks was eventually enough to create a fire).”
[Ahmad and others]
Ibn Mas’ud (r.a.) said:
“The believer sees his sins as if he is sitting at the foot of a mountain
fearing that it might fall on him,
while the sinner sees his sins as a fly that lands on his nose,
he just waves it away.”
Like stones that eventually erode from tiny droplets of water, small sins can destroy iman. Rasulallah s.a.w. has warned us of minor sins because they can pile up like logs in a fire that will eventually consume a person.
So the lesson is: NEVER belittle any minor sin. If we truly care of who we are in the sight of Allah s.w.t., we would stay away from them. Our daily tasks should consist of reflecting on both of our minor and major mistakes, and making istighfar.
And at the same time, belittling our good deeds is also incorrect. Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
“Do not belittle any good deed,
even meeting your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face.”
Don’t boast your deeds, yet don’t belittle them! Do it for the right intention – to please Allah s.w.t., and never consider it insignificant. We don’t know which of our good deeds are accepted by Allah. So do as much good as we can. Ask ourselves:
“What can I do right NOW to please Allah?”