Three common underlying reason why we commit Sins!
One of the underlying reason why we as humans, and more importantly Muslims commit sins. Is the reason that “nothing will happen to ME, if i just indulge in it only this time”. We fall under the assumption that we will escape the punishments of Allah. On this earth and the hereafter, if we do the particular sin. We tend to think “what are the likely hood that when i commit the sin, i would be taken into account immediately?”. Simply because out of the many people who are doing the same sin at this moment we say to our selves, “it wont be me who is held to account, now it’ll be someone else”. But, the strange this is, every soul who does commit a sin says and thinks along the same lines. “it wont be me who suffers at the punishments of Allah, it’ll be someone else”. “I’ll be forgiven”. This was also the very thoughts the people of Ad and Thamud were thinking along. The hideous crimes we see day in and day out being committed in the news, for example is a testament to this. The person committing the crimes at the time, thought the same thing as you or i tend to think. “It wont be me, or i wont get caught”, “I’ll be able to get away with it”. However we all know what happens. You see shaitan uses and applies the sames tricks on everyone. The appearance of the trick may look different to you or i, but the under laying factor is that they have been used before on different people, under a different image. Its like the governments of the World. Many of the outcome of elections are decided by a select few a long time before the elections actually happen. The masses simply carry out the destined/decided outcome. Hence the reason for the same style of running the country as the previous governments. The same foreign polices still being implemented as the previous government. The same policies of the former government being upheld etc.
Another reason which Imam ghazali also mentions is that, the so-called “practicing Muslims” are largely a vistim of this. Is we become happy/pleased with our selves of the good works we are doing or do. we think “i am a practicing Muslim so if i do sins every now and then I’ll be excused by the Lord of all the worlds. As i am already practicing and good Muslims“. Imam Ghazali says this is even more dangerous than the previous mentioned state (above). As, the person is completely being deceived! Allah (subhanAllahuwatala) does not need our good deeds. It is we who need them. So, in one respect its the same for him as, if we do them or not. There is no option or idea of doing a favor for/to Allah, so that if we do some thing wrong he will excuse us unlike the rest – Nauzibillah! The greatest lesson for people like this (practicing Muslims) is Shaitan himself. He was under this very assumption himself before he was cast out of heaven. He thought to himself “if i disobey ALlah only this once I’ll be excused as i worship like no other, in his creation”. Well, we know how wrong he was! Allah (subhanALlahu’watala)’s relationship with his creation is not like us. Where if someone does a good thing for us, we’ll tend to pretend he/she did not do a wrong even if it is being committed in front of our eyes. Therefore not seeing his/her mistake and try to correct it simply due to the reason that he is our friend/associate. Although we are humans and are bound to commit sins, there should be no excuse for anyone to do them without feeling or knowing the consequences of the actions. Do NOT think for once think that “its okay to do this particular sin, as nothing will happen to me. As i do this or that for Islam/Dheen…” Allah (subhanAllahu’watala) is not in need of US.
Trap number three is that the devil makes us think “I’ll only do it this once and then I will never do it again”. well, this ‘once’ then never seems to end. A ‘once’ intentional glance then turns out to be an addiction over the years and then a disease which cannot be treated easily. Without severe consequences.