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Do you feel secure in your end?

Umm Mu'tasim December 11, 2010 1

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Seek forgiveness from the The Pardoner, The Most Forgiving, The Effacing and The Eliminator of Sins before it is too late……….. or do you feel secure in your situation.

And if Allaah were to punish men for that which they earned, He would not leave a moving (living) creature on the surface of the earth; but He gives them respite to an appointed term: and when their term comes, then verily, Allaah is Ever All-Seer of His slaves. 1

Al-Haleem is the One Who bestows favors, both outward and inward, lavishly to His creation despite their acts of disobedience and transgression. He is gentle upon those that disobey him and censures them so that perchance they may repent and give them respite so that they may become sorrowful. Despite all your sins and flaws He continually causes apparent and hidden bouties to graciously befall his ‘Abd so that they may realise the blessings they have been bestowed with and become of the grateful. Allaah grants you the time to acknowledge your mistakes and the opportunity to repent, to return back to Him time and time again and indeed all praise is due to Allaah and from Him proceeds all grace.

“And know that Allaah Knows what is in your minds, so fear Him. And know that Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, the Forbearing.” 2

Whoever frequently asks for forgiveness , Allaah would appoint for him relief from every worry, a way out from every difficulty and provision coming from unimagined sources. [1. Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Ahmad on the authority of ibn Abbas]

Al-Muzni who is Aboo lbraaheem Isma`eel ibn Yahya said: “I entered upon ash-Shaafi’ee (May Allaah be pleased with him) during his illness which resulted in his death, so I said to him: ‘What is your condition?’ He replied: “I am journeying from this world, and departing from my brothers, drinking from the cup of death, and upon Allaah – Exalted is His remembrance – arriving. And no! By Allaah, I do not know if my soul is traveling towards Paradise or the Fire!” Then he started to weep, and he said:

‘In You, the Creator, I raise my longing, And even if I am, O possessor of kindness and generosity, an evildoer, a criminal,

When my heart became constricted and my paths became narrow,
I took my hope in Your pardon and forgiveness as an opening and an escape,

My sins seemed very great to me but when I compared them to Your forgiveness,I found Your forgiveness to be greater,

You are and still remain the only One who can forgive sins,

You grant and forgive out of Your benevolence and generosity,

Perhaps the One who is the source of all goodness will forgive and overlook my mistakes,And will hide the sins and burden that I accumulated,

My sins seemed very great to me, so I turned (to You) in humility,
Were it not for my contentment in you, I wouldn’t, O my Lord, have seen any comfort at all,

So if You forgive me, You would have forgiven a sinner, A rebellious, oppressive tyrant still sinning,

So my crime is very great, past and present, But Your forgiveness that embraces Your servant is greater and higher,

So whomsoever holds fast to Allaah is truly saved from mankind, And whosever’s hopes are in Him, will be far removed from any regrets.’

It was said to al-Hasan al-Basree (one of the Taabi’een): Would not any one of us feel ashamed before his Lord to seek forgiveness from his sin, then go back to it, then seek forgiveness then go back to it?

He said: The Shaytaan would like you to feel that way; never give up seeking forgiveness.

The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam said in the hadith recorded by At-Tirmithi and others:

The invocation of my brother Dhu-n-Nun, “None has the right to be worshipped save You;glory be to You, far removed are You from any imperfection; I have been amongst the wrong-doers,” none who is experiencing difficulty employs it except that Allaah SWT would relieve him of his difficulty.

The Dua of Yunus La ilaa ha illaa anta subhaanaka inni kuntu mina dhaalimeen

Shaykh Mahir Al-Muaiqely- Surah Al-Hajj (Verses 1 – 18). May Allaah preserve this shaykh, Aameen.

Subhaanaka ‘allaahumma wa bihamdika ashhadu alla ‘ilaha ‘illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk

(Glory is to You, O Allaah, and praise is to You. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but You. I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You.)

Footnotes:

  1. Al-Faatir 35:45
  2. Al-Baqarah 2:235

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  1. Umm Mu'tasim December 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm Reply Tweet

    What keeps us from repenting ?

    1. Taking sins lightly:

    The problem with many of us today is that we do not fear Allah, which means that we do not think seriously about disobeying Him and therefore fall into sin, without giving any real thought to it.

    Hence, we should think about the statement which Ibn Masood, may Allah be pleased with him, made: “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may collapse on him, whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose which he just drives away like this (and he waved his hand across his face to illustrate this).” [Al-Bukhari]

    The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: “Take caution against minor sins, because such sins are like a group of people who temporarily settled in the middle of a valley. Then, they decided to make a fire, so each one of them brought a stick until they were able to make it, so they baked their bread. Thus, minor sins (when they accumulate) may destroy the one who commits them.” [Ahmad]

    2. “What is the point? I will only end up doing it again”

    Such an approach is the result of a misunderstanding. Indeed, one of the conditions of repentance is having a real intention not to return to the same sin. This, however, does not mean that Satan will never tempt you to commit the same sin again. Thus, if you have failed yourself, and you returned to the same sin, it does not mean that your first repentance was a lie. You should hasten to make additional repentance, with a real intention not to return to this sin, keeping in mind that Allahs mercy extends over everything.

    3. “Allah is forgiving, so let me sin”

    When reminded of repentance and the hideousness of disobedience, some people would respond that Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    An atheist once said in sarcasm: “You should commit as many sins as you can because you are heading towards the Lord who is Most-Generous.” There is no doubt that such a view is complete ignorance of the religion of Allah, because Allahs mercy is close to the righteous and not to the wrongdoers.

    4. “I am destined to be a sinner”

    Some people may choose to blame Al-Qadr (fate) for their sins. For example, if you ask any of them, “Why do you not perform the Prayers? Why do you not fast? Why do you drink or smoke? Why do you not repent from your disobedience?” They would respond by saying: “This is Allahs Qadr” or: “I am doomed to do this.”

    This is definitely a grave misconception and an evasion of the truth. Believing in Al-Qadr does not mean that one is destined to commit sins. It is true that Allah has written all human beings deeds, good or bad, and only He knows the unseen, but the believer is not forced to perform a good deed, nor is he forced to commit any disobedience.

    Instead, he has been granted the ability to reflect, reason and then make a decision freely. Al-Qadr is only responsible for the calamities and blessings that an individual may confront because he can do nothing about them.

    Repentance wipes out all sins, major and minor:

    Being confused, some people may think that repentance is only required for major sins. It should be noted that repentance from all sins is obligatory.

    Even the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam who was sinless, asked Allah to forgive him on a daily basis. The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam is reported to have said: “O people! Make repentance to Allah. I swear by Allah that I make repentance to Him more than seventy times every day.” [Al-Bukhari]

    Therefore, we all need to fear Allah, ask His forgiveness and be aware that there is no sin that is minor with persistence, and no major sin with seeking Allah’s forgiveness (i.e. if the minor sin is repeated many times it becomes a major one.) Thus, sincere repentance wipes out all committed sins.

    Never despair!

    Someone might say: “I want to repent but my sins are too many.” But Allah Says what means: “Say: O my slaves who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Qur’an 39:53]

    Repentance is such a great act of worship that doing it can erase all our sins altogether, as the Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said: “One who repents from sin is like one without sin.” [Ibn Maajah]

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