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Deserting Sins Is Difficult; Here Are Some Useful Tips

Watch out!

It is evident that all kinds of traps and pitfalls surround us in every walk of life. Unless we are careful, the chances are that we may fall into them. So, we need to take great care.

In other words, the obstacles to leading a life of virtue are numerous. There is no wonder that many people continue to lead a life of sin in spite of all the admonitions given in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

Today, as ordinary humans, we find ourselves in the midst of a non-Islamic or even anti-Islamic culture that is deliberately hyped up and flashed about even in the Muslim countries.

Even the educational systems, which are expected to train and groom the future generation into good Muslims, do not serve the purpose, particularly because their objectives are spelled out by “experts” from outside who do not share our commitment to our distinctive culture and worldview.

The net result is that any Islamic schooling the children might have received in their early life is subverted.

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More Traps

Apart from the adverse social situation, there are also certain inner psychological conditions that serve as stumbling blocks to most people who want to eschew sins and lead a life of virtue.

For instance, consider the people’s inclination to gratify their prurient impulses by any expedient means available. This, in fact, may encourage them to deviate into the unsavory by-lanes of life. In such a case, it is only religion that can keep them safe.

A Muslim should steer clear of all sins, major and minor ones. The major sins are those acts that have been clearly forbidden by Almighty Allah in His Qur’an and by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his Sunnah.

Allah, the All-Merciful, says,

{If you eschew the most heinous of the things that you are forbidden to do, We will cancel out for you your (other) evil deeds and will admit you (to Paradise) with a noble entry.) (An-Nisaa’ 4:31)

{Those who avoid the greatest sins and indecencies save the oversights (will find that) surely your Lord is ample in forgiveness.} (An-Najm 53:32)

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About Professor Shahul Hameed
Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.