A Believer is afraid when he carries out a sin

Question

Please provide the reference for this Hadith:

إن المؤمن يرى ذنوبه كأنه في أصل جبل يخاف أن يقع عليه، وإن الفاجر يرى ذنوبه كذباب وقع على أنفه

 

Answer

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “A believer views his sins as though he is seated at the foot of a mountain fearing that it collapses upon him and a sinner regards his sins like a fly falling on his nose.” The narrator then passed his hand over his nose to illustrate this.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2497. Also see: Musnad Ahmad, Hadith: 3627, vol. 1 pg. 383)

 

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has also recorded this narration with slight variation in the wording. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar