When hiding your deeds, Allah will expose them to reveal the good side of a person.
The person who does good deeds for the people, his good deeds have no value and will have no effect.
To test yourself: look at how you are in public, in private, when people are asleep or when you are alone.
Some would fast for 40 years and their own wives wouldn’t even know about it. They would take the lunch she made and give it to the poor.
Keep the good deeds you are doing like Qiyaam, fasting, weekly charity, and do it in private after Ramadan.
Some narrations mention that the one that fasts Ramadan, his previous and future sins are forgiven!
Is this referring to all future sins and does this include major sins?
It refers to the minor sins of the past year. Major sins require tawbah and according to some, Hajj mabrur.
As for the part which says future sins forgiven or the next year, this has been weakened by some scholars and they say any time a Hadith says sins forgiven for this year and the next, the part which says next is weak as how can a person’s sins for thr next year be forgiven in advance?
Some argue this was just for the Prophet (saw) and they also argue that the narrations in Bukhari and Muslim, which mention past sins forgiven, rarely if ever mention future sins being forgiven.
Allah knows best.
- Looking down on others
- Looking down at the truth
- A major sin
- A characteristic of Shaytaan
Signs of an arrogant person:
- Always expecting others to give them salaam first
- Never seeking advice in matters
- Always thinking they are right and are unable to admit when they are wrong
- Thinking that they know everything and don’t need to be taught / learn (even though they have never studied)
- Remembering other’s faults and flaws and forgetting their own
- Constantly reminding others of a sin they have done, even though they have repented for it!
- Thinking they are better than others due to their wealth, background, knowledge, looks and so on.
How to cure arrogance:
- First, admit you’ve got a problem. If a person can’t do this then they’ll never improve!
- Secondly, think of all the times you’ve been arrogant, (sit in a room quietly and ponder) and then repent for it. Refer to the signs above to aid in this.
- Thirdly, remember that you are competing with Allah: Mightiness and Loftiness are for Him Alone! Learn about Him!
- Fourthly, remember that you are made from the mixing of waters. How can someone with such a lowly beginning think so highly of themselves!
The hypocrites built a masaajid in the time of the Prophet (saw), yet they were exposed. Don’t be someone who lives one life at home with music, movies, bad language, a gangster type attitude and other sins, yet in front of the people in public shows a pious face. Allah will expose such a person and these sins will slip out.
Make du’a to avoid the sweetness of haraam. Many people have left sins, yet they are happy when they remember the sin or they recall it fondly. This is not sincere tawbah and you will not feel the sweetness of worship until you leave the sin and feel regret.
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
“If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud].
In another Hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“The one who (regularly) says Istighfaar, that is, frequently repent to Allah Ta’aala for sins committed, Allah Azza Wa-Jal will open a path from poverty and difficulties. All sorrow and hardship will be removed, and in its place prosperity and contentment granted. One will receive sustenance from unimagined and unexpected sources.”
Shaykh ’Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said:
“When they see a person sinning, many brothers hate the sin, and this is something correct, but they [also] hate the sinner, and then they deal with him harshly as someone who hates him would, like someone who wants to take revenge on him, and this is a huge mistake.
You must cure the sinner as a gentle doctor who treats a wound in order for it to heal does, he doesn’t treat the wound in order for it to get worse, so he treats this person with gentleness and a desire for good for him and out of mercy for him … this is how the scholars who nurture are, they look at the creation with a view to reform, not to seek revenge and out of hatred—I hate the sin which this person does, but this person is a Believer so he is my brother, even if he fornicated and stole, he is still my brother, the Believers are but brothers.”
[Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, vol. 27, pp. 311-312]