Friday, February 1, 2013

Blaming Allah’s Decree When We Fall into Sin

One of the common tricks of the 'Nafs' (ego) and shaytaan that prevents us from accepting responsibility for our mistakes and stopping us from the first step towards sincere 'Tawba' or repentence. Nicely explained by the shaykh in the below article.

Invoking Allah’s Decree When We Fall into Sin
by Sheikh Nâsir al-Zahrânî       
There was argument between Adam and Moses. Moses said to Adam: “You are our father. You did us harm by causing us to be cast out of Paradise.”

Adam replied: “You are Moses. Allah selected you to speak to directly and wrote for you (the Book) by His hand. Do you then blame me for an act which Allah had ordained for me forty years before He created me?”

In this way, Adam got the better of Moses in the argument. [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6614) and Sahîh Muslim (2652)]
There are two ways of understanding this hadîth:

1. Adam (A.S.) protested by invoking Allah’s decree with respect to the calamity of his being cast out of Paradise, and not with respect to the sin that he ate from the tree.

2. He may have invoked Allah’s decree after having repented for the sin to save himself from blame and not so he may continue in his sins.
In summary, we would say that invoking Allah’s decree is permissible with reference to the misfortune of the deeds and not to exonerate oneself from the sinfulness of those deeds. There is a difference between the one who invokes Allah’s decree in reference to something that had already passed, while he regrets it and promises himself not to do it again, and the one who protests by Allah’s decree in order to justify his sins and persist in committing them. The former is acceptable while the latter is not.
-Taken from Islam today website.

1 comment:

  1. Iblees blamed allah - did not get tawfeeq for tawba- became rejected forever!
    Adam a.s. blamed himself -did tawba!-Became nabi!

    Too many people are blaming taqdeer for their own big mistakes
    to be devoid of any responsibility whatsoeverAlso from the Quran:

    God Almighty to Iblis:
    [Allah] said, "What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?" [ref: 7:12]

    From the response of Iblis:
    [Satan] said, "Because You have put me in error, I will surely sit in wait for them [i.e., mankind] on Your straight path. [ref: 7:16]

    God Almighty to Prophet Adam (ahs) and Lady Eve (ahs):
    And their Lord called to them, "Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?" [ref: 7:22]

    Their response:
    They said, "Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers." [ref: 7:23]