From the evil recompense of sins is that that they remove blessings and they give way to indignation. Moreover, no blessing has been removed from the servant except because of a sin and no indignation has appeared except because of a sin as ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib رضي الله عنه, said,
Indeed Allaah the Exalted says:
“And whatever misfortune afflicts you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” [Soorah ash-Shooraa 42:30]
He the Exalted says:
“That is because Allaah will not change a favor which He bestowed upon a people until they change what is within themselves.” [Soorah al-Anfaal 8:53]
Thus, Allaah declares that He will not change a favor that He has bestowed upon someone until that person actually changes what is within himself. Consequently, he changes obedience to Allaah into transgression and his being grateful to Him to being unappreciative and the reasons that prompt His pleasure with the reasons that prompt His anger. Therefore, when he changes all of this, his reward changes in accordance with His statement:
“And your Lord is not oppressive to His servants.” [Soorah Fusilat 41:46]
Therefore, if sin is exchanged for obedience, then Allaah will change his punishment to prosperity and his lowliness to might.
Allaah the exalted says:
“Indeed, Allaah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. And when Allaah intends ill for a people, there is nothing that can repel it and they will find besides Him no protector.” [Soorah ar-Ra’d 13:11]
Book: My Advice to the women | By Umm ‘Abdillaah al-Waadi’iyyah. | Published by: Tarbiyyah Bookstore Publishing | P. 393-395.