تَرْكُ الذَّنْبِ أَهْوَنُ مِنْ طَلَبِ التَّوْبَةِ۔

Abstention from sin is easier than seeking forgiveness afterwards.



Abstention from sin is easier than seeking forgiveness afterwards.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #170)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The provided Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

Abstention from sin is easier than seeking forgiveness afterwards.

This wise utterance emphasizes the importance of avoiding sinful actions and behaviors in the first place, as it is much easier to refrain from committing a sin than to seek forgiveness after committing it.

Let us delve deeper into the words of this Hadith to understand its significance. The word (tarak) "تَرْكُ" means "abstention" or "avoidance," while (dhanb) "الذَّنْبِ" refers to "sin." The word (ahwan) "أَهْوَنُ" means "easier" or "lighter," and (talab) "طَلَبِ" means "seeking" or "asking for." Finally, (tawbah) "التَّوْبَةِ" translates to "forgiveness" or "repentance."

To support the wisdom behind this Hadith, we can turn to the Quran for guidance. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:168),

O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.

This verse reminds us of the importance of avoiding sinful actions and following the path of righteousness. By abstaining from sin, we protect ourselves from the traps of Satan and the consequences that come with it.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Isra (17:32), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says,

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.

This verse highlights the importance of abstaining from immoral actions, such as adultery and fornication. By refraining from engaging in such sins, we save ourselves from the negative consequences that accompany them, both in this world and the hereafter.

The wisdom behind Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement becomes clear when we reflect upon the consequences of sin. When a person commits a sin, it not only distances them from the path of righteousness but also tarnishes their soul and weakens their connection with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ). Seeking forgiveness afterwards requires sincere remorse, repentance, and a commitment to change one's ways. It is a process that requires effort, humility, and a deep sense of regret for the transgression committed.

On the other hand, abstaining from sin in the first place is a much simpler and easier task. By exercising self-control and adhering to the teachings of Islam, we can avoid falling into the traps of temptation and sin. This not only protects our spiritual well-being but also brings us closer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and strengthens our relationship with Him.

Imam Ali's (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) statement serves as a reminder for all Muslims to be mindful of their actions and to strive for righteousness. It encourages us to be proactive in avoiding sin and to constantly seek the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) in all aspects of our lives. By doing so, we can protect ourselves from the negative consequences of sin and strive towards a life of piety and spiritual growth.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) teaches us the importance of abstaining from sin, as it is much easier than seeking forgiveness afterwards. By reflecting on the guidance of the Quran and understanding the consequences of sin, we are reminded of the significance of leading a righteous and virtuous life. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the strength and wisdom to avoid sin and seek His forgiveness when we fall short.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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