Some people try to find a way around sins by making them permissible; they move away from blame and self-guilt while moving closer to punishment. You remain closer to Allah’s mercy as long as you disobey Him while acknowledging your sin.
بعض الناس يتحايل على الذنب باستحلاله يبتعد من اللوم وتأنيب الضمير ويقترب من العقوبة، وما يزال من رحمة الله أقرب ما دام يعصيه وهو معترف بذنبه
Showing mercy to created beings is among the greatest means of being forgiven. Allah forgave a prostitute who quenched the thirst of a dog; so how about showing mercy to the weak, and giving relief to the distressed and victory to the oppressed of human beings?
رحمة الخلق من أعظم أسباب المغفرة، فقد غفر الله لبغِيٍّ سقت كلباً، فكيف برحمة الضعيف وإغاثة الملهوف ونصرة المظلوم من البشر
You know, it really is from Allah’s mercy upon our weak selves that He hasn’t connected absolute happiness to anything other than Him.
Not to wives, husbands, jobs, children, countries, wealth, health or anything else, as these matters, if lost, can be replaced, or at least partly replaced.
But if Allah is lost in the life of a person, what can replace Him?
True misery isn’t in losing any of the above, but when the irreplaceable One is lost!
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِنْ ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنْثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً
“Whoever does good, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a happy life..”
[Al-Qur’an, Surah 16, Ayah 97]