Repentance in Islam

The faith of a Muslim can be weakened and can be overwhelmed by his intentions and desires.
Shaytaan may make him to go for sinful deeds, so he commits the sins that are forbidden in
Islam. But Allah is Rahman and Raheem and his mercy contains everything. The person who
repents after committing sins, Allah indeed accepts his repentance.

Quran says:

“But whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then
verily, Allah will pardon him (accept his repentance). Verily, Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most
Merciful [al-Maa’idah 5:39 – interpretation of the meaning]

Allah give chances to His slaves to come back to the right path and he keeps forgiving so He ask
His slaves to repent sincerely to get His mercy and Quran says;

“O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will
expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise)” [al-
Tahreem 66:8]

Allah never closes the gate of repentance for His slaves. The Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) said: “Allah spreads out His Hand at night to accept the repentance of those
who did wrong during the day, and He spreads out His Hand during the day to accept the
repentance of those who did wrong during the night. (This will continue) until the sun rises from
the west.” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 2759)

True repentance is not just about what is said in the language, but accepting that repentance is
conditioned on the person who sinned immediately, which indicates that what happened in the
past is that he or she promised not to return To do it. Therefore, if he repents, if his sin is
committed to another person, he will return the rights or property of the people, and he will
regret it before he suffers to death. Allah said:

“Allah accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent
soon afterwards; it is they whom Allah will forgive and Allah is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.

And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of
them and he says: ‘Now I repent;’ nor of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We
have prepared a painful torment” [al-Nisaa’ 4:17-18]

Allah always accepts repentance of his slaves if committed sincerely. He calls sinners to repent,
so that He will forgive:
“…your Lord has written (prescribed) Mercy for Himself, so that if any of you does evil in
ignorance, and thereafter repents and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then surely,
He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-An’aam 6:54 – interpretation of the meaning]

Indeed, Allah is Merciful and Forgiving for His slaves. He loves the repentance of his slaves. He
commanded them to repent in order to forgive them. But the devil between humans and jinns
wants to get people to draw the truth and to adopt the sins.

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