40 Worldly Benefits of Abandoning Sins

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful…

The great scholar, Ibn Qayyim al-Jowziyyah (may Allaah have Mercy on him) mentioned a great number of benefits that one can enjoy in this life before being honored with the unending reward of Allaah in the Hereafter.  He mentioned:

  1. Maintaining personal integrity (muroo’ah)
  2. Keeping your name and reputation clean
  3. Protecting your social status
  4. Preserving wealth that Allaah has provided and made as a means to take care of worldly and religious benefits
  5. A wholesome life
  6. A properly rested body
  7. A strong heart
  8. A clean soul
  9. Happiness of the heart
  10. A relaxed chest
  11. Security from the worries that affect the wicked and disobedient (specifically)
  12. Less worry, sadness, and grief (in general)
  13. Inner strength of personal honor, not yielding to disgrace
  14. Safeguarding the light in one’s heart from being extinguished by the darkness of disobedience
  15. A way around (or out of) what confines the wicked and disobedient
  16. Being granted provisions easily from avenues unthought of 
  17. General ease being granted in affairs that are difficult upon the people of disobedience
  18. Having acts of obedience made easy for you to perform
  19. Having knowledge made easy for you to attain
  20. The general speech of the people in your favor
  21. Lots of supplications are made in your favor
  22. The delight that can be seen on your face
  23. The respect that is placed in the people’s hearts for you
  24. Their support and defense of you when harmed or oppressed
  25. Their defense of you in the presence of those who backbite you
  26. Quick responses to your supplications
  27. The dispelling of unfamiliarity between you and Allaah
  28. The closeness of the angels
  29. Distance from the devils, both the jinn and human of them
  30. The people outdoing each other to serve you and take care of your needs
  31. Their seeking your love and companionship
  32. Not being afraid of death, instead you are happy to meet your Lord and to reach your final abode
  33. The insignificance of this world in your heart
  34. True reverence of the Hereafter in your heart
  35. Vigilance regarding the great dominion (of Paradise) and the great success that lies within it
  36. Tasting the sweetness of obedience
  37. Attaining the sweetness of faith
  38. The supplications of the Angels who bear the Throne, and the other Angels as well
  39. The joy of the angels who write your deeds, and their constant supplications in your favor
  40. An increase in intellect, understanding, faith, and knowledge 
  41. Attaining the Love of Allaah, His Attention, and His Happiness with your repentance

And Allaah knows best.

Summarized and listed by: Moosaa Richardson

ST Archives: 05-12-2011 

6 thoughts on “40 Worldly Benefits of Abandoning Sins

  1. Assalamalaikum brother,

    In the above mentioned 40 worldly benifits by Ibn Qayyim al-Jowziyyah. I’ve doubt on for the following points 23,24,25. (23)The respect that is placed in the people’s hearts for you, this may leads us to feel delighted about ourselves. My question is , i read the article in your website(http://www.bakkah.net/en/living-in-fear-of-allah.htm) where Imam Ahmad’s fear of feeling delighted about ourselves. I feel some how confused with (23) point here and Imam Ahmad’s article on Living in Fear of Allaah.
    Please Explain.

    • Wa ‘alaykas-salaam. One is about the respect people will have for you (which Allaah orders to be fixed in their hearts), the other is about how you react to it and deal with it. And Allaah knows best.

      • Dear Moosa,
        whenever i started practicing and feel closeness to Allah(S.T) Self amazement feeling overcomes me and i stop practicing.Is there any special Duaa from sunnat to overcome self amazement also can you give me precautions to overcome self amazement from quran and sunna and can you provide me a website links that how serious a believer should be in between hope and fear of Allah(S.T).
        Jazakallahu khairun

        • wa ‘alaykas-salaam wa rahmatullaah. When you see that Allaah has blessed you to get close to Him, thank Him and He will increase you in closeness. [See Quran: 14:7] Thank Him truly with your heart, tongue, and body parts. If you are impressed with your good deeds, then say “maa shaa’ Allaah laa quwwata illaa billaah” [See Quran: 18:39] and ask Allaah for blessings (barakah), as this will repel the ‘ayn. Yes, some scholars mention the issue of a man putting the ‘ayn on his own wealth, health, worship, etc I hope this helps and Allaah knows best.

  2. assalaam alaikum, I was wondering what scholars have said about looking directly to a non-mahram woman in a conversation? I am aware of the ahadeeth about looking away after glancing and after reading those ahadeeth I would think that looking at any non-mahram woman in any situation would be haraam but I’m afraid to jump to conclusions. So when I talk to any woman (like in a shop or the wives of my uncles etc.), I should talk to her with my head down or else I’m sinning? I don’t want to look at them any way and try to avoid it, but I was wondering more specifically what if I do look for a second; is it haraam?

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