4 Advices For All Sinners
Once a man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham (may Allah be pleased with him) and said him that I am very depressed. He asked him that why you are depressed, he said that I am not able to control myself please give me something to help me with it.After hearing his story Ibrahim ibn Adham advised him that if you accept five conditions and put them into your practice then your disobedience will cause no harm to you.
The man said that tell me what those conditions are. First condition Ibrahim ibn Adham told him was that when you want to disobey Allah you do not eat anything He provides. The man said that everything in the world is created by ALLAH then how will I get anything to eat. Ibrahim said, “Is it right to eat his provision and disobey him at the same time. He said that no it is not right”
He then asked the second condition. Ibrahim ibn Adham said: “When you want to disobey him, moves away His land.”He said thisit is even more difficult. “In that case where will I live?”Ibrahim ibn Adham said that is it right to eat his provision and to live on His land and at the same time disobey Him? “He said. “No, it is not right.”
The man then asked the third condition?” Ibrahim said that when you want to disobey Him in spite of eating His provision and living on His land, find a place where He will not see you and disobey Him there.”
The man said that what do you mean, Ibrahim? He knows each and every thing in fact he knows what is hidden and what is not. Ibrahim said: “So is it right to disobey Him when you eat His provision and live on His land and when you know that He can see everything you do? The man replied that it certainly is not!”
He asked Ibrahim ibn Adham, “Tell me the fourth condition.” Ibrahim said: “when the Angel of Death arrives to take your soul, you say to him, ‘Give me a reprieve so that I can repent and act righteously for Allah. The man said but he would not listen to me!” “Then if you cannot ward off death long enough to give yourself time to repent, and you know that when it comes there will be no reprieve, how can you hope to be saved?”
The man then asked the fifth condition. Ibrahim ibn adham said: That when the angels of the Fire come to you to take you to the Fire, you don’t go with them.” The man said that they will take me whether I like it or not!”
Ibrahim said so how can you hope to be saved?”The man said enough, enough, Ibrahim! I ask Allah’s forgiveness and I turn to Him!”The man’s repentance was sincere and from that time on he was assiduous in his worship and avoided acts of disobedience until the day he died.