Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has said that when a person indulges in sin, he forgets about himself. He gives in to his evil desires and loses his self respect. There are others who fail to regard sin as a sin. A few examples are:
1. Things are borrowed and not returned.
2. Presenting oneself for meals when not invited.
3. Speaking ill of people thinking it to be fun (many talk ill of politicians but fail to realise that this is gheebah and erodes our deeds).
4. Casting evil glances
When one involves himself in transgression, he becomes disgraced. People do not generally reflect on the aspect of halaal food; a pious servant of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله once said that an unlawful morsel negatively impacted upon his spiritual progress by forty years!
The need is to heed the warnings of the Ahlullāh. Never disregard a spark; a mere spark can cause the death of many people. Exercise caution and take an account of one’s actions daily. Reflect on the consequences of sins and be regular in seeking forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. This is the simple prescription to save oneself from sins.
(لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله)