this short article comes from An Noor
Arif Billah, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (hafizahullah)
Shaytan misleads many people into indulgence in sins by making them think, â€œEnjoy yourself while youâ€™re still young! Then make taubah laterâ€¦.Youâ€™ve got plenty of time!â€ Those who have this dreadful misconception should read the following story and take heed.
Hazratwala (daamat barakaatuhum) says: â€œOne horrible consequence of persisting in sins which has been witnessed, may Allah Ta`ala protect us all, is that Allah Ta`ala takes away the tawfeeq to repent.
In Nazimabad, a section of Karachi Pakistan, there used to be a man who would commit evil deeds day and night. When he was on his deathbed a friend advised him, â€œBrother, you are on the brink of death now, at least make tawbah for the sins youâ€™ve committed.â€
So that man uttered a terribly frightening statement which is a lesson for all of us. He said, â€œI can utter any word you want right now. Tell me to say, doctorâ€¦ or medicineâ€¦ or teaâ€¦or biscuitsâ€¦any of these words you ask me, I can say it. But that specific word that you are asking me to say, is just not coming out of my mouth.â€
Tell me, how much admonition is in this story?! Why is it that a person can utter any word except for tawbah? What is so difficult about uttering these four letters
Also, this is not a story from a long time ago. This is an incident that I have witnessed with my own eyes. So repent before that day comes wherein the ability to repent gets snatched away from you. Audacity in committing sins, shamelessness, and immodesty must have some limit! Have you completely lost all sense of shame and modesty?
It is for this reason that after the command (Fear Allahâ€¦) Allah Ta`ala has commanded us to :
(Be with the truthful onesâ€¦) In other words, those who are true and sincere in their piety and fear of Allah. Because it is through the company of these sincere people who are always fearful of Allah Ta`ala, that Allah Ta`ala will grant us the tawfeeq to make sincere repentance.
(Irshadat-e-Dard-e-Dil; Pg. 243 )