Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Suratuz Zumar, verse: 53]

"Every Son of Adam is a Sinner, and the Best of Sinners are those who Repent" [Tirmidhi]

Sin which translates into defiance and violation of the laws and commandments of Allah Ta’ala has dominated our lives in such an alarming way that it seems like the concept of accountability to a supreme being and creator does not exist in reality. (We seek Allah Ta’ala’s protection from such an attitude) What is even more frightening is that those who sin feel no remorse nor regret and thus see not the need for repentance. This is even more grave a matter. In this regard Hadrat Abdullah bin Abbas Radiyallaahu Anhu has said:

“You who commit a sin, do not feel secure about the results, for what goes along with the sin is more serious than the sin itself. Your lack of shame before the angels, who witness you when you commit the sin, is more serious than the sin itself. Your laughter when you sin, as you forget the punishment of Allah is more serious than the sin itself. Your delight if you get a chance to sin, is more serious than the sin itself. Even your disappointment, if you miss a chance to sin is more serious than the sin itself.”

The above saying of Hadrat Abdullah Bin Abbas Radiyallaahu Anhu speaks about those who very boldly and brazenly sin without even thinking of Taubah (repentance).

Every one of us sin because we are humans prone to all sorts of weaknesses which in turn make us sin. Sin is that which goes against Allah Ta’ala’s commands and laws and causes His displeasure which in turn warrants His punishment. However Allah Ta’ala only through His sheer grace and mercy has not destroyed us on account of our sins like previous nations. He has given us a chance of securing His pleasure once again through taubah-turning in repentance to him. Taubah allows us to mend and fix our broken or strained relationships with Allah Ta’ala and start of all over again with a clean slate. Taubah is our only means of deliverance after we have earned the displeasure of Allah Ta’ala. Taubah marks a new beginning for every sinner. Thus with taubah which is in reality a true gift and a saving grace from Allah Ta’ala our case cannot be lost.

It is truly encouraging to know that the door to repentance is always open, but what is more gratifying is to know that Allah Ta’ala becomes elated beyond measure when one of His slaves repents. It is important to note here that the pre-requisite to repentance is that a sinner must totally abandon the sin, feel regret for having perpetrated it, and then make a firm resolve not to return to it ever again. Unless these requirements are not met this becomes the repentance of a liar!

Who among us does not sin? And who among us does all that is required of him in the religion? It is an undeniable fact that we all have shortcomings; what distinguishes some of us from the others, what raises some of us above the others, is that the successful ones among us are those who repent their sins and ask Allah Ta’ala to forgive them. This ability to turn back to Allah Ta’ala makes us the best of sinners.

 Sadly, some people are guilty of thinking in this manner: "Those I see around me perpetrate minor sins, while I am guilty of perpetrating major sins, so what is the use of repenting?!" True, such a person does well by finding fault with his own self, yet he makes a grave, ruinous error when he loses hope, when he underestimates Allah's Forgiveness and Mercy. To be sure, the door of repentance is open both to the perpetrator of minor sins and to the perpetrator of major sins.

In regard to repentance, the following beautiful hadith should inspire hope in us all and drive us to repent with haste:

Hadrat Abdullah Bin Mas'ood Radiyallaahu Anhu narrated that the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam said:

“Indeed, Allah is more happy with the repentance of His slave than a man who stops in a barren, desolate land; with him he has his riding animal. He then goes to sleep. When he wakes up, [he realizes that] his mount is gone. He searches for it until he is on the verge of dying. He then says, ‘I will return to the place wherein I lost it, and I will die there.’ He went to that place, and he was then overcome by sleep. When he woke up, his mount was [standing] right beside his head: on it was his food, his drink, his provisions, and the things he needed. Allah is even more happier with the repentance of his believing slave than the happiness of the man when he finds his mount and his provisions and who in elation (Mistakenly) screams out O Allah I am your master and You are my slave” (Instead of the other way around) [Bukhaari & Muslim]

This hadith clearly illustrates that no one should become so hopeless that he refrains from repenting to Allah Ta’ala. Glad tidings, then, to every Muslim who constantly and consistently hastens to repent to Allah Ta’ala beseeching His forgiveness.

In the following incident as narrated by the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam lies a renewed hope for those who feel that their sins are just too many to make them worthy of forgiveness and mercy from Allah Ta’ala.

“Among those who came before you was a man who killed 99 people. He then asked to be guided to the most devout worshipper from the inhabitants of the earth, and he was directed to a monk. He went to him and told him that he had killed 99 people, and he asked whether it was possible for him to repent and gain Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness. The monk said, ‘No.’ The man killed him, thus making him the 100th victim. He then asked to be directed to the most knowledgeable of the Earth’s inhabitants, and he was guided to a scholar. He went to him and told him that he had killed 100 people, and he asked whether it was possible for him to repent and gain Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness. The scholar said, ‘Yes, and who will stand between you and repentance. Go to such and such land, for in it dwell a people who worship Allah Ta’ala, so go and worship Allah Ta’ala with them. And do not return to your land, for it is indeed a land of evil.’ He left, and when he reached the halfway point of his journey, he died. The angels of Mercy and the angels of Punishment disputed with one another [in regard to his case]. The angels of Mercy said, ‘He came to us repentant, advancing with his heart towards Allah Ta’ala.’ The angels of Punishment said, ‘Indeed, he never performed any good deeds.’ Then an angel came in the form of a human being, and both groups of angels asked him to be the judge between them. He said, ‘Measure the distance between the two lands. Whichever land he is closer to is the land that he is closer to [in terms of being of its people]. They then measured the distance and found that he was closer to the land that he was heading towards, and so it was the angels of Mercy who then took his soul.”

Becoming the best of sinners means the distance between your knees and the floor. The doors of taubah are still open. Let us not shut it upon ourselves!

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