The curse of Allah on the one who makes false tawbah (repentance)
Out of the 100 parts of mercies which Allah almighty has which is part of his zaat (his being). He sent down one part of the mercy out of the 100 parts to this earth. Every form of compassion and mercy you see, from a mother to her child. From the father to his son. From the coming of the prophet (saw) to the mercy of animals, these are all from this one part of mercy. This one part also includes the mercy from the time of the prophet Adam (as) to the last man who will come to the earth. This is the magnitude of Allah.
Similarly, Allah’s wrath is also of a heavy and big magnitude. If it descends, then sometimes it goes on for generations to come.
- When a person sins, he/she is not harming anyone but himself. This is why we know of the famous dua which Abu Bakr (ra) used to make:
‘o Allah forgive me, for I have oppressed myself’. If others are in included in a person’s oppression then they will be compensated. This is a deep dua which we at times tend to only pay lip service to and do not consider it on a deeper level. The companions of the prophet (saw) understood the principles of oppressions and injustice more than anyone.
When we repent and are not true repenters, then this is the worst form of lie. As, to lie in front of Allah, with Allah is the worst from of oppression and harm a person can do!
The sign of the false repentance is the person does not come out of the sin he/she is involved in, or leaves the sinful environment. So, if a person finds it hard observe his eyes when he is watching TV or from going to the wrong sites on the internet. They should severe these outlets as part of a true repentance. Severe the means to the sins. The false people continue to live life as normal as if nothing has gone wrong.
- The people who make false repentance, have the curse of Allah on them. They are cursed in this world and the next to come. These people have severed their relationship with Allah! When such people repent it is just a ritualistic deed. Much to the like of eating and drinking! How can a person who has repented remain the same? Eating, sleeping, drinking, and doing social interaction as he used to… He makes no effort to change and do deeds/actions for the better.
- A person who has repented should make the shaitan his football now. Instead of shaitan making him become his football. If this has not happened, and the individual is still the football of shaitan being kicked here and there. Then the person has not repented in the eyes of Allah and the beloved (saw) of Allah!
- A person who makes real repentance his relationship with Allah begins to lift off, it then begins to blossom and increases day by day!
Isa (as) once said during a kuthbah:
‘The example of a person who builds his house on stone and rock is that the foundation will be strong.The house will be strong when the storms, the rains and winds come its way. Whereas the another person who builds his house on sand it will demolishes/shift from it foundation when the storm and rain comes it way.
The example of the one who truly repents and puts into action what I am saying, the teachings, is like the person who builds his house on rock! So, when the storm of desires/sins comes his way, his house will not shift or demolish. He will be able to withstand these attacks. The other person who also has a house is like the person who goes and does righteous action, grows a bread, prays. Both the houses *look* the same. But, when the storms of desires/sins, financial stress, comes their way, their houses shift from their foundation. They change and do wrong actions only to be remorseful thereafter. Shaitan will demolish these houses with a flick of
his hand when the greatest moments matter to a person. – that is in his death. So! Be sure that you build your house on rock and stone’. Otherwise like sand castles, when the tide comes in the house will be completely destroyed! The stones and rock represent the practice of the sunnah, the real tawbah.
*Remember, knowledge is a demand, a question, and action is the answer.*
At times a person can be seen to do less good deeds, yet he is a person of might and grandeur in the sight of Allah! It is because the person has built his house on rocks/stones and not on sand like others.
- A person who sins adamantly is indirectly saying he knows more than Allah. Since Allah says don’t do this sin as it is harmful for you. Yet, the sinner says ‘no, no, I know this is good for me’.
Remember, to be sincere you don’t need deep knowledge nor is it rocket science. Sincerity is knowing ‘I want to please Allah’.
A note to the seekers on the path to the pleasure of Allah.
***During the closing remarks of the talk, shaykh Ahmad dabbagh then went on to elaborate the need of not losing the sight of the goal. That is, the reformation of oneself.
There are many people who have not yet fully tried to change for the better by repentance and working on themselves. Yet, they get involved in organisational matters where they become more of a hindrance and obstacles to progress. Where their prayers with congregation goes missing. They are harsh with wives and family members. They cannot contain their anger or restrain their personality clashes during mushwaras. These people rather than helping a cause become the means for disturbance and quarrel amongst the organisational members. Then these people should leave what they are doing on their own account, as the teachers will never say to a person to leave. Busy them self with their own reformation and not focus or get involved with organisational matters.
Even if a person thinks he/she can do things better than the way things are being done in an organisation he should restrain himself from helping and continue to focus on himself. On the other hand, if he is told by the teachers to help in certain matters with relation to the organisational matters, then he should get involved and continue to help out even if he faces a harsh environment to change. The example is like the prophets and the awliyah, who at the beginning only focused on themselves and only when they were instructed by Allah, they then went on to spread the message.***