Piety in public is much easier than piety in private. Why? Because for public piety there is an audience. For private piety there’s not! It’s like a kind of motivation. And on the flip side sinning in public is harder than sinning in private for more or less the same reasons.

But as a Muslim there should be no sin in any way and at any given time. His life should be obedience to Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi wa Sallam at all times. The brightness of the day or the darkness of the night makes no difference to him.

From times immemorial, most horrendous crimes have been committed under the blankets of the night. The reasons for this are but obvious. The chances of getting caught at night are more remote than getting caught in daylight. For a Muslim there should be no difference between sinning during the day or sinning at night for apart from his belief that Allah Ta’ala is all-watching is also the belief that every movement of his is being recorded by the two scribes assigned to him and who are in his company at any given time. These are none other than Kiraaman Kaatibeen, the two angels that are commissioned to record every deed of man. Therefore there is no escape. Those who sin under the covers of the night, their escape is nothing but delusional.

So whilst sinning in seclusion may be the only option to save oneself from public humiliation for those who choose this it tells of something even more grave and serious. It tells of a flawed belief in the powers of Allah Ta’ala and even more frightening underestimating Allah Ta’ala’s attributes of being The All-Seeing and All-Knowing. It is no wonder why the punishment for sinning in seclusion is so harsh. For all of us who feel more tempted to sin under the covers of the night the following hadeeth should serve as a strong warning and stop us in our tracks immediately. By sinning at night we not only get caught by Allah Ta’ala but also pay the price of undermining His abilities and powers in the form of obliteration of our other righteous actions. The price we pay is going to be double!

Hadhrat Thawbaan Radiyallaahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said, “I know of a group of my Ummah will come with good deeds on the Day of Judgment like a Mountain. Allah Ta’ala will scatter their deeds like dust(their deeds will hold ne value).

Hadrat Thawbaan Radiyallaahu Anhu exclaimed, “Give us their full description so that we may never be from amongst them out of ignorance O Messenger of Allah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam!”

Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam replied, “they will be your brothers, from your own tribes. They will worship Allah Ta’ala by night just as you do. But they are such people that when they are tempted with sin in privacy, they commit what Allah Ta’ala has forbidden. (ibn Majah)

May Allah Ta’ala protect us and guide us always and save us from underestimating His abilities and powers for this is nothing but a snare of shaytaan, Aameen.

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