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Repentance in Ramadan


Allaah Says (what means): And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers that you might succeed” [Quran 24:31]

And also (what means): “O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance” [Quran 66:8]

Therefore, repentance is not only requested from one who has committed a sin, but rather it is demanded from all people including the believers who wish to win the great prize of Paradise as well as being prosperous in this life.

ask-for-forgivenessOne of the great blessings of Allaah upon His slaves is that He left the door for repentance open for those who wish to repent and return to Him. Allaah made repentance the new dawn that indicates the start of a new day for the journey towards the Hereafter.

Abu Moosaa Al-Ash`ari  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allaah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west”. [Muslim].

Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “He who repents before the sun rises from the west, Allaah will forgive him”. [Muslim].

`Abdullaah Ibn `Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allaah accepts a slave’s repentance as long as the latter is not on his death bed (that is, before the soul of the dying person reaches the throat)”. [Ahmad and At-Tirmithi].

Know that the month of Ramadhaan is a great opportunity to repent and return to Allaah, and it is a chance to renew the pledge with Allaah. On the other hand, one must be careful lest Ramadhaan passes him by without him utilizing the season and without being one of those whom Allaah forgave their sins. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: May Allaah humble the one who lives long enough to witness Ramadhaan and passes the month without being forgiven”. [At-Tirmithi].

Beloved brothers! This blessed month is the month of the Qur’aan, kindness, repentance, expiation of sins, the descent of mercy and elevation of ranks … So let us rush in repentance to Allaah, because the believers will not find comfort except in Paradise … let us take refuge from Allaah with Allaah and repent to Him before our sins destroy us … let us wake up from our deep sleep as the days pass by very rapidly … let us strive not to be of the deprived ones by undermining the pleasure of Paradise … let us rush and repent and make up for what we have missed out on.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) whose sins have been forgiven repents to Allaah and asked for forgiveness multiple times in a single day. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saying: “I swear by Allaah that I seek Allaah’s Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” [Al-Bukhaari].

Al-Agharr Ibn Yasaar Al-Muzani  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Turn you people in repentance to Allaah and beg pardon of Him. I turn to Him in repentance a hundred times a day”. [Muslim].

Let us follow the example of our beloved Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and let us not delay our repentance and let us abandon using the term: “I will do it later on”, and remember that life is nothing but an illusion.

O you who has wasted yesterday and is waiting today … you are killing yourself with sins … repent to your Lord and regret your shortcomings … if you cry and humble yourself before your Lord and ask Him to forgive you, He will accept you and be happy with your repentance.

Indeed Allaah is pleased with the repentance of His slaves. Anas Ibn Maalik  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him the servant of the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) narrated: The Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Verily, Allaah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than a person who has his camel in a waterless desert carrying his provision of food and drink and it is lost. He, having lost all hopes (to get that back), lies down in shade and is disappointed about his camel; when all of a sudden he finds that camel standing before him. He takes hold of its reins and then out of boundless joy blurts out: ‘O Allaah, You are my slave and I am Your Lord’. He commits this mistake out of extreme joy” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

Do you see how Allaah is pleased with the person when he turns to Him in repentance? Who are we for Allaah to rejoice for our repentance? We are nothing but weak creatures of His who possess no power. On the other hand, He is The All Powerful, Almighty, The King and The One Who controls the Heavens and the earth.

Let us not give up on the mercy of Allaah … we must know that there is no sin too great for Allaah to forgive, and that a slave never turns to Him in repentance sincerely, but He will accept and forgive him, as He is The Oft Forgiving and His mercy has encompassed everything.

Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: Allaah, the Exalted, has said: `O son of Aadam! I forgive you as long as you pray to Me and hope for My forgiveness, whatever sins you have committed. O son of Aadam! I do not care if your sins reach the height of the heaven, then you ask for my forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Aadam! If you come to Me with an earth load of sins, and meet Me associating nothing to Me, I would match it with an earth-load of forgiveness` [At-Tirmithi].

When you turn to Allaah repentance, never go back to committing the same sins again, as this is one of the most destructive disasters. Never go back after having been blessed and rescued by Allaah, because returning to sins after having been rescued has severe consequences. Remember that fasting is not merely refraining from eating and drinking, and that you must shun all sins ands rush to Allaah in repentance.

Walking on the Path to Repentance


It is part of human nature to be heedless, make mistakes and have shortcomings, but it is from the mercy of Allaah The Almighty that He opened the gate of repentance and commanded us to turn towards Him whenever sins overwhelm us. If it were not for this road to repentance, humanity would have been unable to gain closeness to Allaah The Almighty and would have lost hope in repentance and forgiveness.

The path of repentance is the way towards salvation and success; it is open for each one of us. Allaah The Almighty called upon all His slaves, both believers and disbelievers to repent, and He informed that He forgives all sins for those who repent regardless of the extent and greatness of these sins, Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {“Say: “O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”}[Quran, 39: 53].

No one knows when he will die or how much time he has left in this worldly life; it is sad to see some people delaying repentance saying: “We still have plenty of time left. Let us enjoy our life while we are young and when we become old we will repent.” Such thoughts are from the whispers of Satan and following the desires of this vanishing life. Satan promises man while he has no power to grant man anything. Therefore, you should hasten towards repentance, and beware of heedlessness, delaying, and feeling that you still have a long life to live.

Hasten to repentance and beware of delaying repentance, because delaying, itself, is a sin that needs repentance. Immediate repentance from sins is mandatory, so repent before death; repent before the time will come and regret will not benefit you. You do not know when your life will end. Repent before the darkness overwhelms your heart and sins become a habit. Repent before you become sick and then die without getting the chance to repent.

Some people commit sins flagrantly and disobey Allaah The Almighty, and when you try to talk to them about repentance they say, “There are many people who openly disobey Allaah The Almighty day and night and their sins are so numerous that they may be uncountable, yet they are very rich and healthy, thriving with the favors of Allaah The Almighty upon them.” Those who say such things forget that Allaah The Almighty grants these worldly gains to the people Whom He loves and Whom He does not love. This could be a way of gradually punishing them. Although the punishment of Allaah The Almighty might be delayed for them, but when He does punish them it is severe. The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “If you see that Allaah Has bestowed favours upon someone although he is sinning, then know that it is a way of gradually punishing him.“Then he, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) recited the verse in which Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {“So, when they forgot (the warning) with which they had been reminded, We opened for them the gates of every (pleasant) thing, until in the midst of their enjoyment in that which they were given, all of a sudden, We took them (in punishment), and lo! They were plunged into destruction with deep regrets and sorrows. So the root of the people who did wrong was cut off. And all the praises and thanks are to Allaah, the Lord of the `Aalameen (mankind, jinn, and all that exists).”}[Quran, 6: 44-45]” [Ahmad].

All you have to do is approach the path to repentance and set out upon it, and you will find the response as Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {“And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them (till his death)”}[Quran, 20: 82].

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