Repent, repent and repent
It all began with one sincere prostration. A prostration that reflected pure submission and turning point of Maria’s life. It was a prostration of resolve, a resolve never to go back to the life of disobedience to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla. It was the point when she repented back to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla.
Maria now steps up in hope of excelling in her servitude of Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla. She gets involved in her local Muslim community and extends her good acts of worship to the international community as well. Day by day, she becomes busier and more active. Today she is in Boston, tomorrow in Houston and maybe the next week she’s flying to Brighton to deliver a lecture or a workshop on Islam! In the midst of such a busy schedule as a caller to Islam, she realizes her heart has hardened. She realizes she no more feels the deep connection with Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla. Because she forgot something. She forgot her beginning point. She forgot repentance. Is it because she took it a granted once-in-a-lifetime experience?
My dear sister and brother, Rasulullaah ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
”Every son of Adam makes mistakes, and the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent.” (At-Tirmidhi).
Repentance is NOT a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is an act that is essential on a daily basis for a Muslimah and Muslim to survive with a sound heart in this world.
Just like Rasulullah ṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, we all DO make mistakes no matter what position we hold in this world, but the best are those who do repent. So, if we are forgetting to repent a lot on a daily basis, then indeed we are failing to clear up our mistakes, which no doubt we make every day.
I recall myself to be in the car [most probably] when this thought struck me. I thought to myself, that everyday there are so many mistakes I make on a daily basis. Some knowingly, some unknowingly. The consequences of such mistakes are painful to bear, and they are so painful I really wish I never had to bear them. Suddenly, I remembered this du’a of Sayyidul Istighfaar where RasulullahṣallAllāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam taught us: ‘… I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed.’
Immediately, my heart was at awe when I related this du’a to my thought. What a mercy from the Most Merciful that He taught us a du’a to seek refuge in Him to keep us away from the pain of the mistakes we make and Who taught us to do so by repenting to Him on a daily basis. SubhaanAllaahil ‘Azeem!
Hence, my dear sisters and brothers,
1. We need to repent to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla everyday, because we make mistakes everyday. If we want to clear up our daily mistakes and not face the consequences in the hereafter, we must then repent daily and frequently.
2. But also, if we want to stay away from the pain of our sins in this dunya itself, we must repent frequently.
My small message to you all is, no matter what big projects you have embarked on, it is never possible to accomplish unless Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla Wills and is Pleased with you. If you have reached where you are today, remember that it all started with the sweet moment of your repentance to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla and He helping you step up towards excellence. Hence, there is no moving forward in life without turning backward to Allah subḥānahu wa ta’āla!
Thus, repent, repent and repent!