The traps of Shaytaan are endless. They have been fine-tuned since our father Adam and his wife Hawa were tricked in the garden to eat from the forbidden tree. Millenia have passed, generations have lived and died, and his webs remain the same. Yet we are oblivious to this fact and fall prey to him. How many times have you sinned? Countless? Remember that little lie you told? That time you gossiped your sibling? How about when you disrespected your parents in a fit of anger? And the list can go on and on…
It is the nature of the son of Adam to forget. It is our nature to make errors. But, the key to success is to overcome these obstacles, either by perfecting our character or repenting every time we err. For all of us who are stuck in the vicious cycle of sin, here are some tips to help you break the pattern:
- Acknowledge your sins: this is half your journey, for you can only correct an error, if you realise there is a problem.
- Duaa: duaa is the answer to all our problems. Allah can change your situation and character in an instant. So never despair, Allah will always respond to your supplications.
- Shyness before Allah: Allah can see you and hear you. Be conscious of Allah and feel shy that before Him, you dare to disobey Him. Develop ihsan, in your life, “as if you see Allah, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” (Bukhari)
- Beware of how you spend your free time: spend your free time a manner that helps to build your taqwa and building your akhirah. Time spent idly, is playtime for shaytaan.
- Repent: even if it’s a small sin,
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Beware of minor sins like a people who descend into the bottom of a valley, so one comes with a stick and another with a stick until they have fire to cook their bread. Verily, when a person is held accountable for these minor sins they will destroy him.” (Musnad Ahmad, Sahih)
After acknowledging our sins, comes the natural need to repent to mend that void. But how can we motivate ourselves to repent when sin seems an endless cycle? We promise ourselves never to return to it; but it just keeps happening! Is there a problem with our resolve? Are we missing something? Sometimes we need to realise, that by following up our sins with repentance we are coming closer to Allah, and Allah loves those who repent. So be sincere in your repentance, pray the prayer of repentance, and beg for forgiveness and mercy.
May Allah help us in overcoming our sins, and help us to perfect our characters.