The age we live in, where we see countless rampant sins, one is left to wonder: is Allah truly watching over? It serves well to reminisce how Hazrat Luqman is instructing his son to always be mindful of Allah:
“O my son!” (Said Hazrat Luqman), “If there be (but) the weight of a mustard seed and it were (hidden) in a rock, or (anywhere) in the heavens or on earth, Allah will bring it forth: for Allah understands the finest mysteries, (and) is well-acquained (with them).” [Luqman 31:16]
Therefore no matter where you execute a sin; be it in secrecy or in the pith black shadows of the night, or somewhere in the depths of the deep forest; Allah, the All-aware, will bring them all forth for you. Thus the recommended covenant of honour has been ascribed: infuse Allah effusively in your lives.
However, disappointingly, today instead of infusing His remembrance in our lives, we find ourselves in downright oblivion towards Him. To exemplify: if a little kid catches us committing a certain evil, we will refrain from proceeding with it, to not lose respect (he can go out and tell people). However, if Allah is watching, then we least care and so carry on with it. The irrational beings that we have become forget that the approach of His disgracing somebody is as he often enumerates in the Holy Quran:
“If Allah helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah (alone) let believers put their trust.” [Al-Imran 3:160]
Once Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas was with the holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wa sallam when holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wa sallam gave him some valuable advises. In the end of them all he said, “Be mindful that if the whole world join hands in supporting you yet only that will benefit you which has already been decreed for you. Likewise if all of them get together in harming you then too they can not destroy anything of yours unless it had been written for you by Allah. The pens have been raised and the registers of destiny dried.” (Tirmizi)
But today His true respect in no more in our lives. The basis of all the sins is hence, we are calamitously mindless of Allah.
Hazrat Abdullah-ibn-Mubarak rahmatullah alaih once went to Sha’am and borrowed a pen from a person there to write something… forgot to return it, came back to his place in Marom then realized that the pen is still with him. The pen is somebody else’s, the right is somebody else’s, and Allah is Allah, how will life be spent? Hazrat went back to Sha’am covering the distance of three full days. In addition, spent almost three more days at the place where he had taken the pen, so that the very man can be found. Allah’s presence was with him; Allah’s Might he can feel.
Why do we backbite today? Only because Allah’s worth has absconded from us. Similar is the case for all other sins by means of which we go about polluting ourselves. The cure is again straightforward and natural: Remember Allah abundantly.