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Imām ‘Abd al-Raḥmān Ibn al-Jawzī on Sinning

Someone asked Wahb ibn al-Ward (رحمه الله), “Will a sinner perceive the sweet taste of obedience?” He said, “A sinner apart, even one who intends to commit a sin will be deprived of the savour of obedience. He who slackens the bridle of vision loses insight and he who fails to check his tongue is deprived of the clarity of his heart. He who fills his belly with doubtful food, darkens his inward side, is deprived of the ability to worship in the night and to savour the delight of supplication.”  Only they realise these things as punishment who take an account of their self from time to time. In this way, the return for pious deeds and taqwa is received promptly. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “The look at a female stranger is one of the poisonous arrows of the devil. If anyone keeps his sight away only for the sake of Allah, then He will grant him a faith whose sweetness he will feel  in his heart.”

[Imām Jamāl al-Dīn Abu al-Faraj ‘Abd al-Raḥmān Ibn al-Jawzī, صيد الخاطر (Ṣayd al-Khātir) English translation (selections) Sins and their Evil Effects by Rafique Abdur Rehman, Darul Ishaat, Karachi, 2006, pp. 35-36]

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