Hazrat Mohammad Noorul Amin
The nature of repentance is present when one is engulfed in shame. The guilt that is present in one’s heart, this is the nature of repentance. After performing ablution, reading nafl salaat and crying before Allah Ta’ala, or reading ‘astaghfirullah’ with concentration, one can ask for forgiveness. Yet solely by requesting, “Ya Allah! Forgive me!”, major sins from hundreds of years are forgiven instantly. This is the extent to the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. Major sins from ages ago are washed away even from the memory and record of the angels. These entries are ‘burned’ and absolutely removed by requesting forgiveness.
Now indeed these sins are forgiven, but the key objective is to reform ones habits so that these sins are not repeated. And if any sins are committed, then let them be very few in number and negligible. Do not delay repentance after a sin is committed. You must immediately lower your heads in prostration and cry for His mercy, and hence the sin is washed.
One Sahabi (radhiallahu ta’ala anhu) was running around in despair, screaming, “I have sinned! I have sinned!”. Nabi e Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) questioned, “Did you perform wudhu?” The Sahabi (ra) responded, “Indeed Rasulullah, I did perform wudhu.” “Did you read namaaz?” he responded, “Yes”. “Then indeed it has been forgiven”.
If one performs wudhu properly and performs salaat correctly, Allah Ta’ala forgives all ones sins. So much mercy we are granted. One buzurg related, “Allah Ta’ala searches for excuses to have mercy on us. There is no detailed procedure to attain his mercy.”
But after given so many opportunities, if one remains careless, then the punishment is also very severe. The penalty is indeed very brutal. Allah Ta’ala will comment, “I made it so easy and gave you so many chances, but you were still so negligent? I continued to feed you and raise you, but you remained so careless in return? Now taste the punishment! You will not be given any more chances.”
Immediately upon seeing the signs of death, the doors to repentance are shut, whereas one could perform wudhu and read nafl and cry in front of Allah Ta’ala for mercy. If the circumstances are such that one cannot perform wudhu, and the conditions are not favorable at the moment, or women are having their scheduled issues, then istighfaar should be repeated orally with concentration. One should recite ‘astaghfirullaha rabbi min qulli zambin wa athoobu ilayh” and make du’aa for forgiveness. Upon reciting ishtighfaar verbally, immediately the sin is forgiven. Allah forgives without threatening or ridiculing, “What a joke you have made of repentance.” He is not like people who refuse to forgive throughout life. No, He forgives immediately.
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