Sins generate more sins and good deeds generate more good deeds

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

Sins generate more sins, and one leads to another, until they overpower a man and he finds it difficult to repent from that.


As one of the Salaf said,

‘One of the punishments of bad deeds is more bad deeds, and one of the rewards of good deeds is more good deeds.‘

[Al-Jawab Al-Kaaf]


Three levels of enumerating the names of Allaah


Ibn al-Qayyim mentioned three levels of enumerating the names of Allah:

1. The first level, to memorize their words and number.

2. The second level, to understand their meanings and implications.

3.  The third level, to make du’aa (i.e., supplicate) to Allaah with them, this encompasses both supplication of worship and supplication of request.

Badaa’i’ al-Fawaa’id, 1/164