Allah will not Change the Condition of a People Until they Change what is in Themselves

Whoever wants to change and purify (tasjiya) his heart should endeavour to purify his deeds. Allah, the Most High, said:. “If only they had remained firmly on the straight path, We would have given them abundant rain.”[al-Jinn (72): 16]

The Prophet (ﷺ) said narrating from His Lord, “If My slaves were obedient to Me, I would have let rain fall in the night and sun rise in the day and never made them hear the sound of thunder” And he (ﷺ) also said, “Goodness is never worn out, sins are never forgotten, the Questioner [i.e. Allah] is never asleep, and as per what you do, you shall be rewarded or punished.”

Abu Sulayman al-Daranl said, ‘Whoever purifies his heart, his life will be serene accordingly and whoever debases his hearts, his life will be troubled accordingly. Whoever does a good deed in the night, will receive its reward in the daytime and whoever does a bad deed in the daytime, will receive its punishment in the night-time.’

[It was also said that] there was an old man who used to attend people’s gatherings and assemblies and say to them, ‘He who wants his safety to last should fear Allah, Most High.’

Al-Fudayl Ibn Iyad used to say, ‘If I disobey Allah, I reckon its effect in the behaviour of my wife and the camel I ride.’

Know, may Allah direct you to success, that a numb person can never sense a sting. It is only the one who holds himself accountable can recognize the difference when a change happens to him. That being said, whenever you notice your life is being disturbed and changed, then recall a grace you have not thanked Allah for or a sin you have previously committed.

Be aware of the disappearance of grace and the surprise of punishment and do not misunderstand the tolerance of Allah [regarding your sins] for He may show His anger sooner than you think. Allah, Most High, said:

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”[al-Ra’d (13): 11]

Abu ‘All Arruthbari used to say, ‘It is a great misunderstanding to decide not repenting when you commit a sin then think you are forgiven because Allah showed kindness to you afterwards.’

Book: Captured Thoughts | By | By al-Hāfiz Abū’l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzī | Translated and Published by | Dār as-Sunnah Publishers | P 87- 89