Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
All Praise is due to Allaah, Lord of mankind and jinn, and may the peace and blessing of Allaah be upon Muhammad, His slave and Final Messenger.
Despair of Allaah’s Mercy and the Feeling of Security from the Plan of Allaah.
Allaah, Exalted be He, says:
“Did they feel secure against the Plan of Allaah. No-one can feel secure from the Plan of Allaah, except those [doomed as] losers.”
Ibn Mas’ud (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
“The greatest of the major sins is associating other objects with the worship of Allaah, feeling secure against the Plan of Allaah, despair of Allaah’s Mercy and despair of Allaah’s soothing mercy.”
Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked:
“What are the major sins?” and he answered, “Associating partners in the worship of Allaah, feeling secure against Allaah’s Plan and the despair of Allaah’s soothing mercy.”
[Ibn Abu Hatim]
On the face of it, a person may question “well, how can that be a major sin?”, but when you look beyond the surface, you see that an individual who despairs of Allaah’s Mercy or feels secure from His Plan is ultimately denying certain attributes that Allaah has described Himself with.
A believer must know His Lord, and therefore know that He is ar-Rahmaan (the Most Merciful) and ar-Raheem (the One who Bestows Mercy). After knowing this, how can you then despair of His Mercy?
As for the other extreme, the very thought of feeling secure from the Plan of Allaah sends chills down a spine. Does a person feel he is free to wander the earth and do as he wishes? Does he feel that he is in full control of his life? Does he feel that he can delay his death until he is “ready”? The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried!
‘The Book of Major Sins’ by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab