Page 10 - Your relationship with Allah

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Relationship with the Self
Acknowledging our shortcomings is one of the first steps in order to have a healthy relationship with ourselves.
When we acknowledge our shortcomings, then we start on the path to self-discipline. This acknowledgement is
one of the things that make us discipline ourselves and it is a sign of Allaah’s care, as Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“Verily, Allaah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves”
So whoever tries to change for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will help him to change.
Beware of minor and major sins
Most fires start due to minor causes, and one sin leads to another. If the heart is darkened and blackened
because of sin, it will no longer be a heart that is alive and recognizes good as good and evil as evil.
It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood radi allahu anhu that the Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alaihe
wassallam said: “Beware of trivial sins, for they will accumulate until they destroy a man.” And the Messenger
of Allaah sallallahu alaihe wassallam gave an example, likening them to people who stopped to camp in the
wilderness, and they wanted to prepare some food, so one man went and brought a stick, and another man
brought a stick, until they had gathered a huge pile and lit a fire, and whatever they put in the pot was cooked
as a result.
Beware of the fitnah (temptation) of wealth
The one whom Allaah has blessed with wealth should use that wealth to help him obey Allaah and spend it in
ways that please Allaah and beware of going to extremes with regard to permissible things or spending it on
haraam things, for wealth may be a cause of a person being tempted away from his religious commitment.
Allaah says:
Surah al-Ra’d 13:11
Narrated by Ahmad (37/467)