Don’t sully your Hajj | Advice from Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Don’t sully your scrolls after Hajj! | Advice from Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Translation by Rasheed Barbee
Shaykh Uthaymeen: Returning to sins after performing the obligatory Hajj is a major setback; because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
من حج فلم يرفث ولم يفسق رجع كيوم ولدته أمه
Whoever performs the obligatory Hajj and does not commit obscenity or sin, he will return—meaning from his sins—like the day his mother gave birth to him. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1521)
And he صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
الحج المبرور ليس له جزاء إلا الجنة
The accepted Hajj has no reward except for paradise. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Thus if he purifies and cleans his scrolls with this Hajj then it is foolish to blacken the scroll with his evil actions after Hajj. Likewise also, the season of fasting during Ramadan, if the person returns to sins then he has suffered a great loss, and a tremendous setback. Thus it is upon him to return to Allah again, and to seek His forgiveness and to repent. And the one who repents from sin is like the one who has no sin or even more so.
And the person may be in a better situation after sin if he repents to Allah and seeks His forgiveness than he was before that. Have you not seen Adam عليه الصلاة والسلام? Allah said about him:
وَعَصَى آدَمُ رَبَّهُ فَغَوَى ثُمَّ اجْتَبَاهُ رَبُّهُ فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ وَهَدَى
And Adam disobeyed his Lord and erred. Then his Lord chose him, and turned to him with forgiveness, and gave him guidance. (Soorah Taha 20: 121, 122)
His being chosen, his repentance, and guidance occurred after the sin. Thus a person may be in a better condition after the sin than he was before the sin if he repents to Allah and returns, and acknowledges he is in complete need of Allah the Exalted.
Translated Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee/ Video courtesy of Manhaj ul-Haqq