There are many, many Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world who, due to various negative influences and harmful influences from the outside, discover that they have renounced religion. Many others are in the middle, wanting to enjoy or profit, both there and there - and indulge in sins, and follow religious teachings. Nevertheless, deep down they have a desire to return to the right path and again become good, faithful Muslims, to enjoy the green pastures of Islam again.
The general concept of sin
The very word “sin” in the Russian language could initially be interpreted as “mistake”, as evidenced by such root words as “blemish”, “error”. By the way, in other languages this word had a similar meaning. In Greek, this concept was denoted by the word ἁμάρτημα (ἁμαρτία), which is most likely translated as “miss, fault”, and the Jews indicated unintentional sin by the word “hat”, which can also be translated as “miss”.
In modern society, if you do not take into account the religious aspect, the concept of “sin” is perceived as a violation of the laws of public morality, as well as state laws. Thus, a person who respects the laws of society, does not commit crimes under the Criminal Code, does not violate secular moral and ethical standards, no longer sins.
The situation with the religious concept of sin is somewhat more complicated, because each religion interprets the concept of sin in its own way.
Consciousness of sinfulness
Nevertheless, people often feel sinful, worry about living incorrectly, and acting unfairly towards others. Living with such thoughts is not easy. But the truth is that no man can be absolutely good or hopelessly bad.
If you are tormented by the consciousness of your own imperfection, you can try to solve this problem by working with an internal sense of guilt, as well as developing your own empathy. By ceasing to feel guilty for something that the person is not actually to blame, it will become easier for him to accept himself and believe that he is not so bad, to make his own life more joyful. A developed empathy, i.e. the ability to feel the feelings and emotions of others, the ability to put oneself in the place of another, to understand what he feels when he is treated in one way or another, will help him to be more careful with his neighbor and not hurt him with his actions, which means that he will objectively become better, i.e. e. stop sinning.
Get rid of guilt
Sometimes guilt is mistakenly confused with conscience when a person is worried about his unseemly acts and seeks to correct them. But guilt is something else. This is a feeling of personal responsibility for something for which a person, in principle, cannot answer.
Work with guilt is necessary, and usually the process is lengthy. Sometimes you can not do without the help of a specialist psychologist. You can start it with an understanding of the following important principles.
1. Each person is not like others, and has the right to live as his conscience, reason, common sense, religious beliefs, intuition tell him. It is impossible for everyone to like, it is unrealistic to become good for everyone. Of course, reasonable compromises with others are the best way out of possible conflict situations, but the concessions should be mutual and not harm the individual.
2. Do not let it be blamed on you for which you cannot be held responsible: in bad weather and a tense international situation, in the fact that the child brought another "deuce", the pensioner mother has pain in her joints, and the boss has a bad mood. If you feel that the interlocutor is trying to do just that, it’s better to just get away from communication, and postpone the resolution of important issues for later.
3. You are not responsible for the consequences of your actions that you could not have expected. So, it’s not your fault that you gave your mother a tourist voucher, and she, on this trip, broke her leg.
4. You are not to blame for the fact that you live richer, more comfortable or happier than your relative, friend or colleague (unless, of course, you have achieved this at his expense). If you still feel guilty about this, do something useful for those around you, without requiring gratitude from them: break a flower bed in front of the house, help your neighbor load things for moving to the cottage.
Feeling guilty is a destructive state that can lead a person to a consciousness of his own inferiority, so you need to start working with him as soon as possible.
The ability to empathize with another, to understand exactly what emotions and feelings he experiences, helps to understand the nature of these feelings, which means that if there is such an opportunity, try to make sure that people when communicating with you do not at least experience negative emotions. Isn't this what Christianity calls "love for one's neighbor"?
All mentally healthy people and even some animals are capable of empathy, but there is no limit to perfection, and this ability can be developed for the benefit of oneself and others.
1. First, learn to clearly define what exactly a person experiences at a particular moment in time. Notice changes in facial expressions, voice tones, gestures, body position.
2. Try to get used to his physical condition and feel the same as he. Copy all the features of changes you noticed in his appearance at the time of the residence of some emotion and try to feel the same as him.
3. Having thus tuned in to the emotions of the interlocutor, you can try to get him out of a negative emotional state, however, this requires special skills.
It will be nice for ordinary life to master the first two levels of empathy, and then there will be much more chances to start living and acting in harmony with others and with oneself. And this is the main condition in order not to feel like a sinner.