The Removal of Blessings and the Sending of Punishments

From among the punishment of sins is that they cause blessings to be removed and calamity and hardship to descend. Blessings are taken from the servant because of his sins. ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib (radiallaahu ‘anhu) said, “No calamity befalls a person except on account of sin and no calamity is lifted except due to repentance.”

Allaah the Most High has said,

“And whatever misfortunes befall you it is because of what you have earned with your hands.”

[Suuratush-Shoorah (42):30]

And He stated,

“That is because Allaah will never change a grace which He has bestowed upon a people until they change what is in their own selves.” [Suraatul Anfaal (8):53]

Allaah has informed that He will not remove from the sons of Aadam, the good things He has granted to them unless they alter that which is within them. That is to say, a person changes obedience to Allaah to disobedience to Allaah, and gratitude to ingratitude. He turns from the causes of Allaah’s pleasure to the causes of Allaah’s wrath. Thus, when the servant transforms, a befitting compensation is specially prepared to suit his condition. And, your Lord is not a wrongdoer to His servants. In the same manner, if the human being changes disobedience to obedience, Allaah replaces punishment with pardon.

“Verily! Allaah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves. But when Allaah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it and they will find besides Him no protector.” [Suraatur-Rad (13):11]

In a Hadeeth Qudsee:

“By My honor and by My eminence, there is no servant from among My servants upon what I love, then turns to what I hate, except changed for him, is that which he loves to that which he hates. And there is no servant from among My servants upon what I hate, then turns to what I love, except changed for him is that which he hates to that which he loves.”7

It was beautifully said:

“If you are in a (pasture) of good grace, then graze therein
For indeed sins remove blessings
Sins are diminished by obedience to Allaah
And your Lord is swift in retribution
Beware of oppression to the best of your ability
Oppression reaps evil consequences
And travel within your heart amongst mankind that it may see the remnants of those who were ill-treated
These, their dwellings are testimony against them
There was nothing more destructive to them than tyranny
And it (tyranny) is that which shatters
And how many have been expelled from gardens and castles
While others were overwhelmed by flood and scorched by fire,
And the blessings they obtained passed away like the dream”


Transcribed from: Sins and their Punishments|Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullaah)
[7] At-Tabaraanee in Al-Aswat (no. 4844) Isnaad Dha’eef

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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