Lesson Fifty Three: Why are Favors Lost?
Imam Al-Baqir (a.s.) said:
إنَّ اللّهَ قَضَى قَضاءً حَتْماً أَلاّ يُنْعِمَ عَلَى الْعَبْدِ بِنِعْمَة فَيَسْلُبُها إيّاهُ حَتّى يُحْدِثَ الْعَبْدُ ذَنْباً يَسْتَحِقُّ بِذلِكَ النَّقِمَةِ.
God has made an inevitable rule that he does not take back the favors bestowed on the people, unless they commit an offense causing deprivation from that favor.1
God’s graces are infinite but not unreasonable. He does not grant or take back anything unreasonably. When world’s people use his favors for conceit, corruption, destruction and injustice, the same favors become the cause of their misfortune. Their favors are taken back and replaced with calamity. Their industries and technology turn destructive, and their society generates discord and discomfort, and even the speed devices become the cause of their retardation, because they have misused the graces.
- 1. Usool al-Kafi, , volume 2