Islamic Date17 Rabi‘ at-akhir
English Date14 December
What Saves from Sins?
A bedouin asked the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “What will save me from sins?”
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “Tears, humility and illness.” [Related by Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal]
We hardly find anyone sinning while they’re busy crying (in repentance or otherwise).
Humility keeps one from sinning because most sins are committed out of arrogance. Others’ rights are trampled on because of our over-estimation of our own worth. And our sins against Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) also reflect an over-estimation of our intelligence.
We tend to look down upon illness. We see it as an unnecessary waste of our lives. But it may well be the blessing of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). If it is restraining us from sinning it is a blessing indeed.