In the name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.
Ever Heard Of A Righteous Man Having An Evil Ending? Imaam ash-Shātibī (d. 790H)
Imaam Abu Is-haaq Ibraaheem b. Moosaa ash-Shaatibee stated in his book, “Al-I’tisaam” that Abdul-Haqq al-Ishbeelee said:
“An evil ending does not befall a person who is outwardly steadfast and inwardly sound – that has never been heard of, and never been known, and all praise is due to Allaah. Rather it is the case that an evil end befalls the one who has corruption in his ‘aqeedah or is persistent upon major sins and determined upon his wrong-doing. Or the one who used to be steadfast, then his condition changed and left his (salallaahu ‘alahi wasallam) Sunnah or he took a path other than his (salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) Path. So these deeds of his become a reason for his evil ending, and his punishment – and refuge is sought with Allaah from that.”
Allaah, the Most High, said:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ
“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [ar-Ra’d: 11]
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