Again if you are part of the SBU MSA please don’t read this.. It’s coming out in the Minaret this week inshAllah..
Narrated in a Hadith Qudsi, Allah says:
O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it.
SubhanAllah. Look at the mercy of Allah. We all sin. Time and time again. Often we don’t even know we’re sinning, maybe because we have been conditioned to it or maybe because we genuinely don’t realize. We live on this Earth, which is a blessing of Allah. We commit sins on this very Earth. We use our limbs to commit sins. We use our money to commit sins. If you think about it, every time we sin, we are using a blessing of Allah in a manner that goes against what Allah wishes.
Yet, the mercy of Allah is unbounded. He is so forgiving that even when we sin and repent He has the full ability to forgive us. Allah loves the oft-repentant, which indicates that we should always be begging Allah for His forgiveness. The smallest sins we do should be repented for in addition to the greater sins. But there are some conditions on repentance.
1) The believer must be sincere in his intention to repent. He must feel remorse or regret for the sin he committed. If that is faulty, the repentance will be faulty.
2) The servant of Allah must leave the sin immediately.
3) The servant must also resolve not to return to the sin.
4) If the sin regards another person and their rights or property(for instance, if you yell at your parents), then you must clear your account by asking their forgiveness and/or returning their property (meaning you must apologize and ask your parents forgiveness).
These are basic guidelines. But often enough, people return to the sin they repented for. This is where Shaytan comes in. He makes you feel worthless and makes you think that now Allah cannot forgive you. A lot of us get trapped into this mind game and then don’t repent. But this is not true. Human beings are forgetful and our nafs can often take control. Our intention when we repent should be not to return to the sin, but if we do, we should know that Allah is Forgiving. This should spur us to control our base desires even further because we’ve transgressed against Allah again. If you would feel bad doing something against your mother, we should feel even worse transgressing against Allah. He loves us even more than our mothers and showers blessings upon us constantly.
Were we to think He could not forgive us then we are denying Allah’s ability to forgive. Everything is in His hands and we cannot dictate what He can and cannot do. Allah says in the Hadith mentioned at the beginning that no matter how many sins we have accumulated, if we turn to Allah sincerely, He would forgive us. How great is His mercy and love for us.
“And He is the one who accepts the repentance of His servants.” [Qur’an, Surah al-Shura: 25]
A lot of leaving sin has to deal with cleaning our hearts. The Prophet (SAWS) said that when a person commits a sin, it falls like a black dot on the clean slate of his heart. If he repents, the dot is erased. If, however, he persists in the same and continues to sin, the dot will continue to expand until it covers his entire heart, in which case his spiritual soul becomes completely sealed off (Tirmidhi).
InshAllah, we will all learn to clean our hearts and control our nafs. If we do not realize the severity of sin, then the above Hadith should surely stir us. Our sins can completely overtake us and seal our hearts. We should all repent often and never doubt the mercy of Allah.