Breaking the addiction to sin

Addiction is a condition in which a person struggles to stop a habit even if it is harmful. Sins can lead to addiction. When a temptation enters the heart, a person may feel at that time that there is no way out except to sin. We assume our peace lies in fulfilling our desires, whereas in reality it destructs our peace. For example, a young person who masturbates may find it hard to resist. Even remembering death can barely stop him from indulging. So when the temptation comes, he thinks sinning will calm his desire.

And it does, but only for a short while. After that it increases one’s desires, temptations and feelings of emptiness. That short-term ‘rest’ in sinning, leads to long term restlessness. The more we indulge, the more fuel we add to the fire burning our hearts. Eventually, Allah can seal the heart of a persistent sinner. We seek Allah’s refuge from this as it is a dangerous state to be in, when your sins no longer concern you. When they are normal, always enjoyable and they don’t lead to any guilt at all.

To feel guilty is a blessing from Allah, as it stops a believer from enjoying sins in totality. He may get tempted and sin every now and then, but eventually he will feel terrible about it. This will push him to repent and he will be rewarded immediately with peace and contentment in his heart. Thus, to resist the trap of sins develop the ability to ignore, reject and turn away. Take the step to stop no matter how hard it is, as that will strengthen you. Otherwise, sins will weaken you leading to a vicious cycle of struggle and pain. May Allah grant us the ability to break our addictions, rather than addictions breaking us. Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه اللّٰه

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 17/12/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.

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