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When Repenting To Allah

As salaamu ‘alaykum

 This is a post which is a very important reminder for myself first and foremost, for none of us are free from sins. So we ask Allah that He makes us steadfast upon the straight path once it becomes clear to us and that He accepts our repentance.  

Matters in Which Caution is Required (When Repenting to Allaah)

By Shaykh Saleem bin ‘Eed al-Hilaalee

1. Persisting in sin

Repentance cannot be valid if it is accompanied by a person’s persistence in sin; this is a transgression which defeats the purpose of repentance.

“And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse etc.) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allaah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allaah – And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know.” (Aali Imran 3:135)

2. Failure to learn ones lesson

“They thought there will be no Fitnah (trial or punishment), so they became blind and deaf; after that Allaah turned to them (with Forgiveness) ; yet again many of them became blind and deaf. And Allaah is the All­-Seer of what they do.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:71)

“See they not that they are tried once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine, etc.)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson (from it).” (At-Tawbah 9:126)

3. Making light of ones sin

The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Pay heed to little sins, for they will pile up until they destroy a man, like a man who was in a barren desert, and joined up with other people: each man gathers a little bit of firewood until they had gather enough to make a fire and cook their food on it.” (Reported by Ahmad, 1/402-403, classed hasan by al-Albaanee in Saheeh al-Jami’ al-Saghir, 2684)

4. Impudence in sin

The Prophet (sall-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Every member of my Ummah is sound except for those who commit sin impudently.” (Reported by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Taken from: True Repentance in Light of the Noble Qur’aan and Sound Ahaadeeth, Pgs. 68-70 (translated into English from the original treatise entitled ‘At-Tawbatu Nasooh fi Dawi al-Quranil-Kareem wal-ahaadeeth as-Saheehah’ by Huda Khattaab and published by the ‘International Islamic Publishing House’)

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