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[5] Allaah’s Various Types of Punishments and Their Causes—Shaikh Abdullaah Ibn Salfeeq Adh-Dhufayree (may Allaah preserve him)

The Path to safety from disobedience

O slaves of Allaah! Safety (from disobedience is achieved by way of) repentance; so wake up from your heedlessness before what has befallen others befalls you. The enemies of Allaah do not overwhelm the obstinate ones among the Muslims except due to sins and disobedience. Chaos and restlessness does not occur except due to (the presence of actions that are in) opposition to the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, and except due to (the presence of) shirk, disobedience, bidah and (actions that are) in opposition to (the path of) Allaah and His Messenger. So O slaves of Allaah! Remember Allaah in times of ease; repent to Allaah in times of ease and thank Him in times of ease, and He will save you during hardship and distress. All the sons of Adam commit mistakes (or sins) and the best of those who sin (or commit mistakes) are those who repent. And remember the statement of Allaah (The Most High):

[نَبِّئۡ عِبَادِىٓ أَنِّىٓ أَنَا ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ] ”Declare (O Muhammad) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful.” [15:49]

And remember the statement of Allaah (The Most High):

فَلَمَّا جَآءَ أَمۡرُنَا جَعَلۡنَا عَـٰلِيَهَا سَافِلَهَا وَأَمۡطَرۡنَا عَلَيۡهَا حِجَارَةً۬ مِّن سِجِّيلٍ۬ مَّنضُودٍ۬

مُّسَوَّمَةً عِندَ رَبِّكَ‌ۖ وَمَا هِىَ مِنَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ بِبَعِيدٍ۬

”So when Our Commandment came, We turned (the towns of Sodom in Palestine) upside down, and rained on them stones of baked clay, piled up; Marked from your Lord, and they are not ever far from the Zalimun(polytheists, evil-doers, etc.).” [11:82-83]

There is no relationship between Allaah and His creation except through (their) obedience to Allaah and fear of Him.

[Source: عقوبات الله المتنوعة وأسبابُهاpage: 21]

To be continued…In-Shaa-Allaah

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