Repentance

As I started offering Isha last night, I thought about the Majesty of the One I was praying to. A wave of grief came over me as I then thought of all the sins and evil deeds I had brought upon myself. And how badly I need Allah’s Forgiveness and how badly I need to avoid His punishment and wrath. So I’m writing firstly as a reminder to myself and then a reminder to my sisters and brothers in Islam, to repent before it’s too late. Besides shirk, there is no sin Allah will not forgive as He says: ”

Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases,….” (4:48)

“O you who believe! Turn in sincere repentance to Allah.”

(66:8)

We should all be asking Allah for forgiveness and repenting many times each day.

Abu Hurayra said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘By Allah, I ask Allah’s forgiveness and turn towards Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”

The best of mankind asked for forgiveness 70 times a day, so what should be the case for you and I?

And remember that  believer should never, ever despair from being forgiven.

Say: “O ‘Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (39:53)

From Abu Musa ‘Abdullah ibn Qays al-Ash’ari is that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah Almighty will stretch out His hand during the night, turning towards the one who did wrong during the day, and stretch out His hand during the day, turning towards the one who did wrong during the night, until the day the sun rises from the place it set.”

Conditions of Repentance

So nextly I would like to list the conditions of repentance:

1) Stop committing the sin immediately for whatever you feel unable to do today, you will feel weaker to do tomorrow.

2) Feel regret for that sin (or sins).

3) Have a firm resolve not to retutn to that sin.

And if you wronged someone else with your sin (like stealing from someone or dishonoring someone) there is an extra condition: returning that person’s right to them.

And do not delay your epentance. In the words of Abu Muhammad Al- Maghrabi, “Death is certain, tomorrow is not.”

Start with counseling your soul. Reminding your soul daily that it will see all of its deeds on the Day of Resurrection. Asking your soul why it insists of following in the footsteps of shaytan?

Talk to yourself and say to it: Why don’t you start reforming yourself? It is only your enemy and my enemy who makes you so careless. What holds you back fromtaking an initiative? Why do you keep postponing the self-reform? Is it not simply because you are too weak to oppose your desires? Stop deceiving yourself, there will never come a day when you find yourself having an aversion towards the pleasures of life, such a day will not br created by Allah, In fact, the way to Paradise is surrounded with adversities, whereas Hell is surrounded with pleasures.

Get rid of bad company. A salaf said, “Beware of evil peoples’ company, for you will adopt their nature, without taking any notice.” Replace your bad company with good  believers. Part with everything that would remind you and tempt you back to your sin. Repentance requires giving up all prohibited actions, and observing Allah’s commands.

Start a new chapter of obedience to Allah and stand firm upon this and ask Allah to make it easy to do what is pleasing to Hm and He will respond to your du’a. Censure your soul often and remind yourself of your sins. Replace an evil deed with a good deed. Read Qur’an, pray sunnah prayers, give charity. Remind yourself of the pleasures of Paradise and the horrors of the Hell-Fire. Remind yourself of your obligation to your Lord and the rights He has upon His slaves. Start anew and don’t look except to remeber your regret and to remember the shame and grief you felt from your transgressions.

*Much of what I’ve written was advice from “HowDo I Turn To Allah” by Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Yaqub and I encourage everyone to read this book as I found it very encouraging and beneficial.

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