69. How do some people end up having bad outcomes?
Anyone who does things consistently and in small portions, like cigarette smoking, will suddenly see the result of their dangerous actions in one go like difficulty breathing and weakened heart being the side effects of smoking.
The Qur’an states that:
ثُمَّ كَانَ عَاقِبَةَ الَّذِينَ أَسَاءُوا السُّوأَىٰ أَن كَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّـهِ وَكَانُوا بِهَا يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ
“Then evil was the end of those who did evil, because they rejected the miracles of Allah and used to mock them.”1
أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَيَنظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ ۚ دَمَّرَ اللَّـهُ عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ وَلِلْكَافِرِينَ أَمْثَالُهَا
“Have they not then journeyed in the land and seen how was the end of those before them: Allah brought down destruction upon them, and the unbelievers shall have the like of it.”2