February 22, 2016 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
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It is narrated from Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu that he heard from the Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,
“Indeed, a person committed a sin so he said: O my Lord! I have erred. Forgive me. So his Lord said: Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and can also hold him accountable? So He forgave. The man remained steadfast on his repentance until Allah willed, then he slipped and again committed a sin. So he said, “O my Lord! I have sinned, forgive me.” So his Lord said, “Does my servant know that he has a Lord who forgives sins and can also hold him accountable?” Then He said, “I have forgiven My servant, he can do whatever he wills.”
Say to the one who is attached to the sins and commits wrong and is embarrassed by his desire that
Do not despair from Allah Jaleel
We have kindness that honors the repentant
O group of disobedient! My generosity is vast
Repent! Before you are your desires
Do not despair! Your sins will be forgiven
I am this able that I be generous and be kind
We have come to the end of this book, alhumdulillah.
The lessons that we learned are that nobody is free from falling into sins, however, as soon as one realizes their error they should turn to their Lord in repentance. We should not wait for a major calamity to fall on us before we can turn to Him. We don’t know when we will die – so hasten to Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.
From the signs of true repentance is that a person’s heart is awakened, he is conscious of the permissions and prohibitions. His condition is better than how he was before repentance. He is eager to do more and more good deeds and gradually withdraws himself from unnecessary and laghw activities. He leaves the company of the evil and sits with the righteous. He cries when he is alone and only shares his pains and problems with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. He does not complain to the people. We need to learn to control our tongues.
We also learn that we must conceal our sins and never publicize them – publicizing them itself is a sin. If someone comes to us sharing their sins, we should stop them and ask them to cry before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Moreover, we should spread hope and kindness and not rebuke or humiliate people.
Despair is from Shaytan – he wants us to remain indulged in sins and end up in Hellfire. Push away Shaytan and have hope in Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. No matter how severe your sin is there is always hope in His forgiveness. Be sincere and repent to Him. Hold on to your obligatory worship, perform them solely for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and try to live a private and ascetic life. There is no need to advertise all the good that you do.
Repentance is constant. Do not revert to your old self after repentance. Keep holding yourself accountable and do introspection.