Failing to practice what one preaches

Question 12: I sometimes used to lead the people of my village in Salaah (Prayer). Many times, I deliver Khutbah (sermon) of Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer from books prepared for that purpose. I know, all praise be to Allaah, my position in people’s hearts. But the devil, sometimes, overcomes me and I follow my desires and whims. I feel great embarrassment when I commit any sin, because I know what is right and what is wrong. I ask people to avoid sins and evils though I commit these sins. Moreover, I know Allaah’s Saying: Enjoin you Al-Birr (piety and righteousness and each and every act of obedience to Allaah) on the people and you forget (to practise it) yourselves, while you recite the Scripture [the Tauraat (Torah)]! Have you then no sense? I do not know when I can overcome these whims and desires. Moreover, I am a young man who is unmarried.

Answer: We advise you to continue advising people in your village and to increase your knowledge of Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) as much as you can. You also have to strive hard to avoid sins and your actions should be consistent with what you preach as much as possible… read more here.

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