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Shyness and Sin

Find out about being shy of your Lord before and after sin, a statement of the Prophet ﷺ one companion would hide, and the search of a scholar for divine love.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the name of the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful Allah

Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah, who turns to His slaves in mercy and forgiveness.

وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ

And had it not been for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy… and that Allah is repeatedly returning (in mercy) and Wise. (Al Qur’an, the Light, 24:10)

Do you notice the … in the verse?

According to Al-Alousi and other exegetes, this sentence is left open-ended in order to … leave it to the reader’s imagination. (Fadil Soliman’s footnote of 24:10)

So let us imagine, if it were not for Allah’s favor and mercy, where would we have been?

Were we not poor, and Allah enriched us?

And were we not lost, and He guides us?

And were we not weak and He strengthened us?

And were we not in sin, and He, Allah willing, pardoned us?

Part of haya (shyness and shame) of a slave is to abstain from disobeying His Lord. How can we disobey You after everything you did for me? So we feel ashamed and shy to sin.

And part of haya of a slave is to feel ashamed after committing a sin. We are so ashamed of what we have done, so we return to Him in repentance.

The Prophet ﷺ said, as reported by Abu Huraira:

وَالْحَيَاءُ شُعْبَةٌ مِنَ الإِيمَانِ

Shyness is a branch of faith. (Bukhari:9)

أَفَلَا يَتُوبُونَ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَيَسْتَغْفِرُونَهُ ۚ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

So will they not repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness? And Allah is extremely Forgiving, continually Merciful. (Al Qur’an, 5:74)

Abu Sirma reported that when the time of the death of Abu Ayyub drew near, he said: I used to conceal from you a thing which I heard from Allah’s Messenger ﷺ. I heard Allah’s Messenger ﷺ saying:

لَوْلاَ أَنَّكُمْ تُذْنِبُونَ لَخَلَقَ اللَّهُ خَلْقًا يُذْنِبُونَ يَغْفِرُ لَهُمْ

Were you not to sin, surely Allah would have created a creation who would sin (and) He would forgive them. (Muslim, 2748a)

Beloved ones, we invariably commit mistakes and sins.

As human beings, we are not perfect in deeds and sinless. This is part of how Allah made us. This is not an excuse for sinning but a call to repent with hope.

So we should turn to Allah, being ashamed and shy of our deeds, in guilt and remorse, and hope and fear, and in love and reverence.

A scholar Shaikh Ali Rantawi رحمة الله عليه says he was wondering if Allah loves him. So he checked the Qur’an to see what are the characteristics of the people that Allah has mentioned He loves them for.

So he found that Allah loves Al-Muttaqeen (the pious), he says “I wouldn’t dare consider myself one of them”.

Then he found that Allah loves As-Sabireen (the patient). So he remembered; “How impatient I am.”

He found that Allah loves Al-Mujahedeen (those who strive in His path)

إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلَّذِينَ يُقَٰتِلُونَ فِى سَبِيلِهِۦ صَفًّا كَأَنَّهُم بُنۡيَٰنٌ مَّرۡصُوصٌ

Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a solidified structure (Surah As-Saf, 61:4).

so he remembered how lazy and powerless he was.

Then he found He loves Al-Muhsineen (those who do good deeds). So he remembered how far he is from that.

He says:

“So I stopped searching to avoid more disappointment. I reflected on my good deeds, I found most of them are mixed with laziness, coldness, flaws and sins.

Then it came to my mind that Allah loves the at-Tawwabeen (those who repeatedly repent). I just figured out it is the one for me and for others like me.

So I started saying “Astaghfirullaha Wa Atubu Ilaih” (I seek Allah’s forgiveness and I repent to Him) in abundance so I could be one of the ones Allah loves.” (Al Kauthar May 10, 2014)

I end this article with some great words that has been narrated to us from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.

Words of mercy and being forgiven.

Bilal the son of Yasar the son of Zaid [the freed slave of the Prophet ﷺ] narrated: “My father narrated to me, from my grandfather, that he heard the Prophet ﷺ say:

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ الَّذِي لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَىَّ الْقَيُّومَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ

Whoever says:

“I seek forgiveness from Allah, the Magnificent, whom there is none worthy of worship but Him, the Living, the Sustainer, and I repent to him,”

then Allah will forgive him, even if he fled from zahf [army advancing in battle]’

[Tirmizi, 3577, Al-Albani graded it authentic in Sahih At-Tirmidhi 3/182 — ref, Tirmizi said the Hadith is Ghareeb. It is classified hasan according to Darussalam]

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