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The Surprising Affair of the Sinner

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim

Just a few examples of the illogical actions of those who continuously sin.

Imām Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 728 AH) said:

From among the most surprising affairs is that you can know Him [Allāh], but not have love for Him. Or that you can hear the one who calls to His path but your response is delayed in hesitation.

Or that you fully acknowledge the value of a virtuous transaction with Him but then you preferentially make opposing transactions with other than Him.

Or that you know the magnanimity of His anger but then you allow yourself to be amenable to it.

Or that you taste the loneliness of His disobedience but then you do not seek comfort in carrying out acts of His obedience.

Or that you feel your very heart caving in as a result of delving into other than His speech and speaking about Him but then you do not yearn for the contentment one feels by means of His remembrance and the private conversations one may hold with Him through invocation.

Or that you taste the punishment of having your heart attached to someone other than Him but you do not seek to escape to the bliss of facing Him and seeking His pardon and forgiveness.

What is more surprising than all of this is your acknowledgement that He is essential to your very existence, that your need for Him is so dire, but you still choose to reject Him; actively seeking and desiring that which distances you from Him!!

Source: Al-Fawāʾid: 61
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: July 4, 2023
Edited: July 10, 2023

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