What Saves from Sins?
A bedouin asked the Messenger of ALLAH (SâllAllâhu ‘Alâihi Wâsâllâm):
“What will save me from sins?”
The Messenger of ALLAH (SâllAllâhu ‘Alâihi Wâsâllâm) 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 (Subhânâhu Wâ Ta‘âlâ) 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 (Subhânâhu Wâ Ta‘âlâ).
If it is restraining us from sinning it is a blessing indeed.