Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:

اِنَّ رَبَّکَ لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ ﴿ؕ۱۴﴾

Indeed, nothing is hidden from the sight of your Lord.

(Al-Fajr 89, Verse 14)

Tafseer:

{إِنَّ رَبّك لَبِالْمِرْصَادِ} يَرْصُد أَعْمَال الْعِبَاد فَلَا يَفُوتهُ مِنْهَا شَيْء لِيُجَازِيَهُمْ عَلَيْهَا

Assuredly your Lord is ever on the watch, watching over the deeds of servants, nothing of which escapes Him, that He may then requite them for these [deeds].

(Tafseer Jalalain)

Hadeeth:

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِیَ اللہُ عَنْہُ قَالَ: إِنَّکُمْ لَتَعْمَلُونَ أَعْمَالًا ہِیَ أَدَقُّ فِی أَعْیُنِکُمْ مِنَ الشَّعْرِ،کُنَّا نَعُدُّہَا عَلَی عَہْدِ رَسُوْلِ اللہِ صَلَّی اللہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ مِنَ الْمُوبِقَات

(بخاری،کتاب الرقاق، باب ما یتقی من محقرات الذنوب،۴/۲۴۴حدیث:۶۴۹۲)

Sayyiduna Anas – may Allah be pleased with him – said: You indulge in (bad) actions which are more insignificant to you than a hair while we considered them at the time of RasoolAllah – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him – to be destructive”.

(Sahih Bukhari)

Commentary:

Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn Mas’ood – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that, “There is no doubt, that a Muslim thinks of his sin like a person who is sitting below a mountain with the fear that it does not fall on his head. And a transgressor thinks of his sins like a fly which sits on his nose and when he moves his hand towards it, it flies away from his nose.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

The Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – has stated that, “Protect yourself from thinking nothing of sinning because when it gathers on a person, it leads to his destruction.”

(Ar Roud)

The Last person to be removed from Hell (He committed minor sins):

Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Zarr – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – stated, “I am aware of the person who will be the first to enter Jannah and I am also aware of that person who will be the last to be removed from the Fire of Hell.”

He also mentioned, “On the Day of Judgement, a person will be presented and it will be told (to the Angels) to present his minor sins and to hide his major sins. This person will accept his sins and will not refute it, but he will be extremely afraid of his major sins.  Allah Almighty will then Command that for every sin, the person should be rewarded with a good deed.  The person will then say that there are many other sins of his which he is unable to see at this moment.” Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Zarr – may Allah be pleased with him – mentions that when the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – mentioned these words, he smiled so broadly that his beard became visible.

(Tirmidhi Shareef, Hayaat As Sahaabah)

Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah in Mas’ud – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – had stated that, “I am also aware of the person who will be the last to be removed from the Fire of Hell.  He will be someone who will appear scrapping his back. He will be told to enter Jannah.  When he enters Jannah, he will notice that much of the space in Jannah has been taken by others.  He will then return and say, ‘O my Lord! All the houses have become occupied.’ He will be told to make a wish and when he makes a wish, he will be informed, “What you have wished, ten times more than the world and your wish will be giving to you.” The person will then say, “O my Lord, you are joking with me even though You are the Supreme Being, (there is no more place in Jannah).”

The narrator mentions that when the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – mentioned these words, he smiled so broadly, that his beard became visible.

(Tirmidhi, Hayaat As Sahaabah, Sahih Bukhari)

Story:

There was a person by the name of Kareem.   Once, he went to the market to buy something for Iftaar.  When he entered the the shop, he saw a long queue of people and it went longer as the time of Iftaar came closer.  The shopkeeper himself was Muslim so he was also worried whether he will be able to make it by the end of that day’s fast or not.  It was almost the time of Iftaar when Kareem’s turn came, and the shopkeeper was totally exhausted.  Kareem bought the groceries for the value of R50.00 and gave the shopkeeper a note of R100.00, but the shopkeeper returned more than R50 as change.  Kareem hesitated at first and looked at the shopkeeper in surprise.

The shopkeeper asked, “Is there something wrong?”

Kareem kept the money inside his pocked and told him, “Nothing.”

When he sat to eat, he was worried and when it was time to sleep and Kareem went to bed, he became even more worried.  He felt as if someone is shaking his heart and asking, “Why did you do this, Kareem?  Who gave you the right to slide the money into your pocket that did not belong to you?”

For that moment, Kareem thought of going to his mother and narrating this incident but then the next moment he changed his mind and did not tell her anything, because he knew that his mother will go red in anger after knowing this.  He kept changing sides the whole night in restlessness but could not sleep on either sides, and when he woke up in the morning, he could not even breathe freely.  His sight fell onto a piece of writing on an Islamic calendar hanging on the wall which changed the state of his heart.  He rushed and went to the shopkeeper and quickly returned his money.

The piece of writing he saw written on the calendar was actually a very beautiful and true Hadeeth of the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him:

اَلْاِثْمُ مَا حَاکَ فِیْ صَدْرِکَ وَکَرِھْتَ اَنْ یَّطَّلِعَ عَلَیْہِ النَّاسُ

A sin is something which causes disturbance within your heart and you would dislike it if people were to find out.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadeeth No. 4232)

Lesson:

  • The less fear of Allah, one has the more disobedient he becomes to Him. As the fear of Allah decreases, one becomes bolder in committing sins.  As the Companions of the Holy Prophet – may Allah be pleased with them – were intensely fearful of Allah, they were afraid of committing even the insignificantly minor sins.