Why Do Some People Resist Their Conscience?
One of the most important factors that people use to inactivate their conscience is their seeing themselves self-sufficient in everything. For instance, when asked about their observance of Islam, most people would say that it is enough not to harm anyone and to try to be a good person. However, this is pure self-deception. What is important is to
be a slave to Allah and to live as He wishes. Unless man does this, everything else he does is meaningless and harmful. Allah says:
أَفَمَنْ زُيِّنَ لَهُ سُوءُ عَمَلِهِ فَرَآهُ حَسَنًا ۖ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ يُضِلُّ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَيَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۖ فَلَا تَذْهَبْ نَفْسُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسَرَاتٍ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ
“Is he, then, to whom the evil of his conduct is made alluring, so that he looks upon it as good, (equal to one who is rightly guided)? For Allah leaves to stray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So let not thy soul go out in (vainly) sighing after them: for Allah knows well all that they do!.” (Surah Fatir 35:8)
What makes someone see his actions as good and attractive is the belief that his own judgment is flawless. Those who consider themselves to be kind-hearted and generous in the sight of Allah are such people. The truth is in fact quite different from what they
assume. In a verse it is stated that one’s seeing himself self-sufficient is the greatest reason for his deviation from the truth Allah says:
أَنْ رَآهُ اسْتَغْنَىٰ كَلَّا إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ لَيَطْغَىٰ
“Day, but man doth transgress all bounds, In that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient.” (Surah al-‘Alaq 96: 6-7)
The linguistic meaning of the word ‘mustaghni’ (self-sufficient) is “without need, satisfied.” Its meaning as referred to in the Qur’an is someone’s seeing his nearness to Allah, his fear of Allah and the hereafter, his good actions and his piety as sufficient and therefore not striving for the better. Most people deviate from Allah’s way for
this reason. Although people see themselves as self-sufficient, they actually know in their conscience how incomplete they are, and what they fail to do to please Allah. This is why they avoid talking about subjects such as reconciliation, illness, death,doomsday and the hereafter. When one raises the subject, they try to close it because it is “depressing.” The reason they become depressed is because they are resisting their conscience, and dwelling on the subject causes them to feel restless inside.
It is not possible for someone who listens to his conscience to feel self-sufficient. On the contrary, he looks for the better and tries to do the better in everything. For man’s conscience always reminds him of the Day of Account. Someone who knows that he will give account to Allah about the life of this world will never see his deeds sufficient.
He practices what he is commanded by his Creator with great attention. In the Qur’an, those who seriously strive for the good pleasure of Allah and the hereafter are referred to as Allah says:
مَنْ كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْعَاجِلَةَ عَجَّلْنَا لَهُ فِيهَا مَا نَشَاءُ لِمَنْ نُرِيدُ ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَا لَهُ جَهَنَّمَ يَصْلَاهَا مَذْمُومًا مَدْحُورًا
وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الْآخِرَةَ وَسَعَىٰ لَهَا سَعْيَهَا وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ كَانَ سَعْيُهُمْ مَشْكُورًا
“If any do wish for the transitory things (of this life), We readily grant them – such things as We will, to such person as We will: in the end have We provided Hell for them: they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected .Those who do wish for the (things of) the Hereafter, and strive therefore with all due striving, and have Faith,- they are the ones whose striving is acceptable (to Allah…” (Surah al-Isrâ 17:18-19)