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The Consequences of Actions: A Reflection on Spiritual Accountability


Life is made of prayers. Every intention is a prayer. Every word spoken, every step taken is a prayer. All actions are prayers.

How does this happen?

A prayer is a message of request for the future.

Let’s say I pressed a key on the keyboard. At that moment, I’m not just pressing one key. Without realizing, I also press two different keys on an unseen keyboard. It’s like that.

Every action has three bills.

Let’s say I told a lie.

The first bill; this lie sends an invitation to fate for new lies. New and bigger “opportunities” for lies appear before me. And the lies continue to multiply. A habit forms. I no longer feel uncomfortable while lying.

The second bill is the sinfulness of this act. It gets recorded in my book of deeds. For every lie, a separate case file is opened in the afterlife.

The third bill is the deformation of my character. With every lie, a thin veil falls before my eyes. The sense of God’s omnipresence, the feeling of awe, certainty, and the consciousness of beneficence are damaged. Over time, they disappear.

When a lemon is squeezed near you, your mouth waters. That image has affected your soul. And your body responds to it. Every action, every environment has such an effect on the soul.

That’s why the ancients found it distasteful to look at things similar to filthy excrement. “One who sees beauty thinks beautifully” is the logic behind this saying.

Bad behavior, ugly sights, gossip, trivialities, bad words… Each of these comes with its bills. Even if I sit quietly in an environment where these bad deeds are done, my soul gets stained with the dye of these bad deeds. Every action has an aspect that affects the soul.

No action “burns only as much space as it occupies.” It affects the surroundings and the person’s future, and “burns.”

Absolute black is like this. In the gray area, almost everyone receives a share of these judgments to the extent of their crime.

Even a small act of oppression is a very serious prayer. It is not easy to be free from sharing in oppression. Oppression against oneself, one’s family, one’s surroundings, one’s colleagues, and the social fabric one is part of… There is no oppression without a bill.

The First Bill Bad behaviors are an invitation for new bad behaviors. For example, a simple theft is also a prayer. Unless a thief repents, seeks forgiveness, and makes amends to those he has wronged, he does not die only with those thefts.

Let’s assume that the thief, despite being a thief, has good deeds. Fate, for the sake of those good deeds, either imposes heavy penalties to open a door for redemption or the first bill comes due.

What is the first bill?

Doors to bigger thefts open up. An individual act of theft turns into a societal one. First, it violates the property of one person. Then it gradually steals the assets of larger groups, eventually plundering the wealth of an entire nation.

Once the categories of theft are exhausted, opportunities for murder arise. Without blinking an eye, he becomes either a direct murderer or an instigator.

Murders multiply, become commonplace, and continue in various forms. Then he kills the environment, the law, respected offices. He murders societal morals.

This is how God’s scheme unfolds. This is God’s revenge on behalf of those wronged by the thief. It’s the benevolent kind of scheme.

Before dying, there’s no sin he hasn’t committed. With every committed sin, the afterlife book swells. Some volumes of the book of deeds contain pages as numerous as the population of a country.

A tyrant cannot stop committing new oppressions unless he repents, seeks forgiveness, and makes amends to the oppressed. The tyrant moves on to greater oppressions. First, it’s retail. But then he starts to wholesale. It doesn’t stop there. Fate gives the tyrant or tyrants time to commit sins at every level. They don’t leave without completing them all. This is how God’s scheme manifests.

A tyrant who deserves God’s absolute scheme might live a life of ease. In fact, a tyrant paying a price in this world might reduce what he owes in the hereafter, which could be considered a good thing for his afterlife.

The Stain of Evil Just as there is a stain of good and beauty, there is also a stain of bad actions. Bad actions do not just darken the soul of their owner. They also affect the people around them. They “stain” them too. Therefore, the stain of a thief eventually turns even those around him who do not steal into thieves. In that atmosphere, over time, not a single person remains untouched by theft. The principle of “collective afterlife deeds” by Bediüzzaman works inversely in a slightly different way. The stain of sins eventually “stains” the entire “group” with the same darkness.

The Second Bill The fact that the bill of a bad action is postponed to the hereafter is a terrible thing. When you oppress a person, you pay a bill for that person and their relatives in the afterlife, and your bill is retail. Also, consider this: You’ve negatively affected the lives of thousands, millions of people. Hundreds of thousands of innocents have been imprisoned because of you. Fired from their jobs. Forced to flee the country.

Even if such oppression lasted only for 1 minute. Even if the oppression only lasted for 1 minute… You would have to pay for it, not in minutes equivalent to the number of those people, but perhaps in billions of minutes. This is just the account of one minute.

For example, if I forcibly separate a baby or child from their mother or father for just one minute. Just 1 minute. The account for this, just one minute for a baby, can only be settled with a price paid in millions of minutes.

The Price of Words Not only actions but also words have a bill to be paid. If I slander someone, there’s a price for it.

Just as the warning in the hadith about the accusation of “disbelief” returns to stick to your forehead if your target is a believer, similarly, calling an innocent person a “killer” turns that title into a decree of fate that sticks to the forehead of the speaker. Deliberately slandering an individual or a group, addressing and naming them with expressions invented by a tyrant, engraves that title on the foreheads of those who do so unjustly. If you call an innocent person a terrorist, that word gets etched onto your forehead, and after a while, you truly become a full-fledged terrorist or a tyrant facilitating terrorism. At the very least, you have prayed an irrefutable prayer for eternal association with those who invented this cursed word.

The Third Bill The most dangerous of the three bills is this. While in the world, bad deeds lead to the closing of your eyes, the deafening of your ears, and the rotting of your moral compass. “They are deaf, dumb, and blind. Therefore, they do not understand.” (Al-Baqara: 171)

Once this happens, a person undergoes a transformation. They become “branded.” Their eyes can no longer distinguish between guilty and innocent. A tyrant, even if opposed by an angel, identifies it with the devil. In doing so, since they are the focal point, they believe they are always right in their actions and make others accept this as well. When the conscience is gone, the sense of compassion disappears too. They surrender to the demonic logic of “If you show mercy, you’ll end up in a pitiable state.”

For such a “branded” being, the only food that provides pleasure, joy, and happiness becomes oppression. The tears of their opponent are their sole sustenance. They can never apply the brakes, unable to breathe without oppression. Until fate cuts off their breath.

“…for them, there is suffocation and agony.” (Hud 106).

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Veysel Ayhan
Veysel Ayhan
Veysel Ayhan is the Editor-in-Chief of tr724.com.
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