In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
How can one protect himself from sins and disobedience
Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Abdillah bin Baaz may Allah have mercy on him
Question: How can a person protect his heart from sinning and disobedience?
Answer: Ask his Lord for success and strive. Allah said,
وَمَن جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ
“And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself.” [Surah al-‘Ankabut: 6]
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
“And those who strive for Us – We will surely guide them to Our ways.” [Surah al-‘Ankabut: 69]
So it is upon a person to strive against his own soul for the sake of Allah, and to safeguard himself from what Allah made impermissible. To ask his Lord for success, aid, and be abundant in mentioning/remembering Allah. To distance himself far away from evil sittings. These are the causes for safety.
The essence of (staying away from sins and disobedience) is to have fear of Allah, continuance observance of Him, and to remember that disobedience is a cause of gaining Allah’s anger and punishment. Strive in asking and begging Allah to protect you from what He prohibited. Be abundant in reciting the Qur’an, pondering over the meanings, be diligent in having the best company and sit with them, and remain far away from evil companionship. These are the causes for peace and security.
Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam