TAUBAH-The Inseparable entity of Ramadaan
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 TAUBAH-The Inseparable entity of Ramadaan

Ramadaan is the month of many opportunities. As the ummah plunges deeper and deeper into sin this great month comes with great opportunities to redeem ourselves. If in the past if we’ve sold our souls then now is the time to change this. Redemption comes in the form of Taubah (repentance). In Ramadaan, Allah Ta’ala’s mercies come in torrents throughout the days and nights of the month. Almost every moment in Ramadaan is an opportunity to seek forgiveness. Salaatut Tahajjud before suhoor, the times of Iftaar, after every salaah and Laylatul Qadr are a few of the times that are most conducive to the acceptance of Taubah. But before we embark on the act of taubah it is crucially important to understand what Taubah really means and what are its’ requirements.

‘Tawbah’ refers to beseeching and imploring the forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala for the sins that we have committed. Making sincere repentance or Tawbah raises a Muslim’s stature with Allah Ta’ala because the process of making Tawbah entails the following three components:

  1. Recognizing ones mistakes and sins,
  2. Feeling ashamed of violating Allah Ta’ala’s trust of complete submission to His commands, and
  3. Resolving to never to repeat such behavior.

According to many scholars, if any one of these three is missing, then the repentance is not sincere. If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then the fourth condition is added, which is to restore the rights of that person. For example, if violating of rights involves money or property, etc., it must be returned to him; if it had to do with slandering him etc., then his forgiveness must be asked, and so on.

As human beings time and time again we are prone to sinning. This is part of our make-up of which Allah Ta’ala is well aware off. His mercy has created something that is known as Taubah. It is through Taubah that we attain salvation regardless of how many our sins may be. Sinners we all are but Allah Ta’ala wants us to be the best of sinners.

The Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam has said in a Hadith:

“Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.” Tirmidhi

Tawbah keeps us away from hardships and trials

We know that our sins can haunt us in this life and the hereafter. The more sins we commit, the more we could be deprived of Allah Ta’ala’s blessings and the more trials and challenges we could be put through. Repentance, therefore, can provide us a way out of our miseries and troubles of this life. Does Allah Ta’ala not warn us of this in the Qur’aan when He says:

“See they not that they are put in trial once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson (from it).” (Suratut-Taubah, Verse 126)

Tawbah helps clear our conscience

We know that sins are always associated with an accompanying sense of guilt that gets lodged into our hearts. While we can always turn a blind eye to those guilty feelings, we know from experience that such guilt is responsible to slowly chip away at our happiness. Tawbah, on the other hand, by its very nature, removes that guilt and fills our hearts with peace, serenity and happiness unlike anything else.

Tawbah pleases Allah Ta’ala

Let’s remind ourselves that turning to Allah Ta’ala in repentance greatly pleases Him because it is o­ne of the most beloved acts of worship to Him. By joining the rank of those who repent, we also earn Allah Ta’ala’s admiration and most important His love. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan:

“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves” (Suratul -Baqarah, Verse 222)

Allah Ta’ala’s joy and elation when a person resorts to Taubah knows no bounds as told in the following hadeeth.

“Allah is more pleased with the repentance of his slave than a man who encamps at a place where his life is jeopardized. But he has his riding animal carrying his food and water. He then rests his head and sleeps for a short while and wakes up to find his riding animal missing. He starts looking for it and suffers from severe heat and thirst or what Allah wished him to suffer from. He then says: ‘I will go back to my place.’ He returns and sleeps again. Then when he wakes up, he raises his head to find his riding animal standing besides him. So one can imagine the happiness that this brings to him. (The Prophet continued by stating that) Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than the situation of happiness that this person experiences after he was saved from death.’

The scholars have also observed that those who make a sincere Taubah (repentance) also experience such happiness, and it has a profound influence o­n one and the person’s heart.

Tawbah makes our Duas more ‘worthy’ of a response

We know from many of the prophet’s Hadeeth that Allah Ta’ala is more responsive to the Duas and calls of those who are oppressed, travelers, the ones who ask Allah Ta’ala in a state of prostration, the ones who are fasting, and so on. This is because such states bring out humility and humbleness in a person’s heart and Allah Ta’ala thus responds more to people in such states. Many scholars have thus noted that as repentance and Tawbah also bring forth humility and humbleness in a person’s heart, our Duas are more likely to be heard in such a state.

Sincere Tawbah (repentance) leads to forgiveness of ones sins

Both Qur’aan and Hadith are clear that those who repent sincerely to Allah Ta’ala, acknowledging their sins, and commit not to return again to those sins will have their sins forgiven. The Prophet Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam has said: “If the servant acknowledges his sin and repents, then Allah Ta’ala accepts his repentance.” (Muslim)

 

Finally, let’s remember that Allah has reminded us repeatedly in the Quran about repentance and that His doors for accepting repentance are always open. In Ramadaan these doors are open even wider. All that’s needed from us is to let go of our stubbornness and use the opportunity to turn to Him in repentance. Allah Ta’ala repeatedly tells us in the Qur’aan:

 

“Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful.” (Suratul-Baqarah, Verse 37)

He also tells us in the Qur’aan:

 

Say: “O Ibadee (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Suratus-Zumar, Verse 53)

Ramadaan is here and the doors of forgiveness are flung open and wide! The ball is in our court! We can either take advantage or throw away the advantage.  Transformation or stagnation! The choice is ours! At the end if we leave Ramadaan without having attained forgiveness then there can be no one more unfortunate than ourselves.

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