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Essence of sincere repentance in Islam

[ October 14, 2016 ]

Many people do not listen to words of advice or to the message of Islam, nor attend gatherings of knowledge or dhikr, because they do not want to end up feeling guilty for the way of life they are leading.

Any poignant moment in your life, when you felt overwhelmingly humbled and close to your creator –the Almighty Allah, convinced that he had accep

They have their long-term friends, their social activities that involve unlawful things, their chosen professions, which too, have their share of impermissible aspects; they have their die-hard destructive habits and negative personality traits. They disobey the Almighty Allah with a carefree abandon that they know will vanish if they agree to listen to the holy Qur'an or ahadith. They want to go on as they are, unbothered and complacent about life in general, without wanting to get into the nitty-gritty of halal and haram; of Islamic restrictions and worries. At times of happiness, they feel a temporary elation and euphoria that passes all too quickly; at times of loss and sorrow, they feel an aching emptiness, an abysmal dead-end that stifles them. To these people, I say: “Where will you run from Allah? For how long will you escape him? For how long can you delude yourself about the purpose of your life? You don't want to give up your life, your pleasures, your desires, your friends and your stylish look for the sake of almighty Allah, but then why do you, at times, feel so empty, so alone? Why do you sometimes ask yourself, Is this all there is?
Isn't there more to life than just eat, drink and be merry? Why do you feel pangs of guilt for doing wrong things? Why does the thought of death terrify you? Why do you have a feeling of impending doom, that surely 'God' will severely punish you one day?” If you really feel you are better off than an 'Islamically-restricted' believer, with a heart that feels no remorse for disobeying your creator, and no love for him, no recognition of who he is and what he wants from you, you are worse off than the person who experiences bouts of regret over his sins that keep him awake at night and make him rush forth with tearful repentance! Anas Bin Malik (RA) narrated: “I heard Prophet Muhammad (SAW) saying , “Allah the Almighty said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon me and ask of me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face me, ascribing no partner to me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it”.”(Al-Tirmidhi, no. 3608). Keeping in view the sufferings of muslims in some conflict ridden parts of the world it should be realized that the muslim ummah must now strive to do 'collective' taubah or communal repentance. If each and every muslim in the ummah today, were to repent with absolute sincerity – taubah nasoohaa – only then can we, as a whole, expect the Almighty Allah to turn towards us again and forgive us, alleviating us from the destructive antagonistic onslaught of the non-believers and enemies of Islam. What did you do to endeavor to have your repentance accepted by Almighty Allah? Any poignant moment in your life, when you felt overwhelmingly humbled and close to your creator –the Almighty Allah, convinced that he had accepted your taubah? May Allah make us of those who actually are remorseful enough about their sins to spend the night shedding tears in front of Allah and asking forgiveness!