Sheikh Abdur Rahman ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله has advised that it is imperative for those who are desirous to be obedient unto Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله must not move out of their homes unless they are heavily compelled to do so. If the need is to go out; then the believer should lower his gaze and refrain from meeting with anyone unless it becomes necessary.

A man, particularly a scholar, must resort to solitude and study the lives of the pious predecessors. He must visit the graves of the pious men. A believer should not miss the Tahajjud Salaah and invocations in the night. He must remember death always so that distant hopes are not entertained.

Jahannum is the result of disobedience. This resulted in succumbing to temptations. And man must understand that whilst the ‘pleasures of sin’ appear tempting, they consist of innumerable hardships – transgression is enveloped with difficulties. Is it intelligence to be hurled into Jahannum for the pleasure of sin which is surrounded by hardships?

One great calamity is adultery; there is a moment of temporary pleasure but it brings about disgrace and intense punishment. Alcohol and substance abuse contaminate the mouth, pollute the garments, damage the mind and bring about untold challenges in the Aakhirah.

Man has to understand that the resultant punishment in the Aakhirah is enormous compared to the few moments of pleasure of disobeying Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. Does it make sense to rebel against Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله?

(Information sourced from SINS AND THEIR EVIL EFFECTS by Sheikh Abdur Rahman ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله)