Many times in our lives, we engage in things that we end up regretting. At first, we would think so bad of ourselves that we would wish that it is possible to simply have the power to rescind our actions. Sometimes, we fall short of thanking Allah, the mighty and majestic. Similarly, we engage in things that He had made forbidden for us and we can’t help ourselves from staying away from it. This time, we feel so bad and nurture the belief that He might not accept our acts of worship. Such that, we avoid and forget to always ask Allah to forgive us.
Other times, we compare our current situation to that of people doing better than us so much that we forget to see the uncountable favors He bestowed on us.
But Allah said in His Holy Book, Al-Quran that:
“… whoever repents after his wrongdoing and reforms, indeed, Allah will turn to him in forgiveness. Indeed, Allah is the Forgiving and Merciful.” – (Q5:39)
He also mentioned that:
“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty….” – (Q2:268)
When we attach ourselves to thoughts that are immoral, we begin to get susceptible to the influences of Shaytan. As such, we get consumed by the thoughts of poverty whenever we are asked to participate in charitable works. Thus, results in us seeing no reason to thank Allah and then make sinning easier for us.
A believer should be one who clings tightly to the rope of forgiveness of Allah no matter how much he has transgressed.
For Allah has said that:
“…ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed, He is ever Accepting of repentance” – (Q110:3)
A believer should imbibe the habit of staying contented and thankful of whatever provisions Allah bestows him. As He has promised abundance to those who send gratitude to Him.
“… If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favor…” (Q14:7)
The prophet (PBUH), as reported by Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) was quoted to have said that:
“By the One Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah is will certainly forgive them” (Muslim)
This tells us how powerful seeking Allah’s forgiveness can be. The statement further reminds us of the fact that we cannot do without sinning or transgressing in any way. Our reactive mechanism after such action is what then really matters. We should never nurture a feeling that will “He ever forgive us?”. Remember, Allah is the oft-forgiving!
The prophet even after being promised of forgiveness of all his sins by Allah; he never for once lost grip of his hold to the rope of Allah’s forgiveness so much that he was reported to say that,
“O people! Repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness. I repent to in a day 100 times”.
Repentance from all sins is obligatory on every Muslim. This is emphasized by Allah in His saying:
“And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.” – (Q24:31)
A sincere repentance must, however, be preceded by three compulsory requirements:
Recognizing the offense itself and its admission before Allah with remorse
Making a commitment not to repeat the offense
Asking to forgive all the wrongdoings
Muslims as a matter of necessity needs repentance every second of his life. He must always seek to please Allah with his acts. And seeking forgiveness of Allah with repentance tops amongst the acts that Allah loves.
We may see ourselves as the worst of sinners. We may see ourselves as neglected by Allah due to His fewer provisions to us in some parts of our lives. But, He to which the best disposer of affairs is attributed should always be our safe haven which we run to at any time in our lives.
He is the only one to rely on and will never fail us.
Many people will say, “I will repent when I am old”. Some others would say that whenever they notice death is impending they will chant the name of Allah for His forgiveness. But it was made known to us through His messenger that:
“Indeed, Allah accepts the repentance of man as long as he hasn’t started gargling (i.e. dying)”
So, we must always try as much as possible to seek His forgiveness at every chance we get. Call to Him in the morning and in the evening and to you would be a great success.
He has said that:
“O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance, and glorify Him morning and evening.” (Q33:41-42)
“Beware! It is the remembrance of Allah which provides tranquility to the hearts” – (Q13:28)
Be of those who remember Allah with much gratitude and repentance through seeking forgiveness from Him. And verily, you would indeed be successful.
So I ask, will He ever forgive you?
Until my next post, you can reach me here.Stay blessed. Thank you.