POLISH OF HEART: Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness
In the verse I read our Almighty Lord, Allah says about the righteous servants: " And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins - and who can forgive sins except Allah ? - and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. "1
In the hadith I read, our Prophet (PBUH) expresses the the importance of repentance and forgiveness saying: "When a man commits a sin, a black dot appears on his heart. If he repents, it is effaced, but if he continues commiting it, the dots increase and grow until they ungulf the whole heart, and he can never again prosper."2
Our Lord wants from us to be always good, nice and to head towards goodness. To live a life in accordance with His orders and prohibitions. So we can achieve the felicity of both this life and hereafter. However, we're all humanbeing. We are having the risk of drift into sins at every moment. Therefore, we are all in need of repentance and forgiveness, which is a blessing from our Lord.
Repentance is to ask forgiveness from Allah (swt). It is expression of our inability and weakness. It is seeking asylum in Allmighty Allah the Most Merciful of the merciful ones. Repentance is purification from sins.
Repentance is a gate of Mercy, a courtesy from our Lord, the chance to restart everything, like a new life we have. 3
Our Lord is Tewwâb; He accepts all repentances. He is Afoow; forgives those who took refuge in His vast Mercy. He is Ghafoor; forgives whom He wills. He is not leaving the hands directed to Him empty. He never embrasses the hearts submitted to him. He grants His blessing by His vast mercy and compassion on those who repent to Him cordially with sincere prayers, obedience and worship, glorifying Him with most beautiful dhikrs and allusions.
Our Almighty Lord, points out the importance of repentance by mentioning the story of Adam, The repentance of first mankind. Namely: Adam (pbuh) and his wife, our mother Eve, committed an error. Then, they repented to God right away. They said, "Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers." "They asked forgiveness. And Allah accepted their repentance.4
One of the actors in this first trial of humanbeing; Satan, turned away from obeying God's command. Instead of accepting the error he commited, he spent effort to justify it and was expelled from God's grace. By these two examples, our Lord gave the following message: Errors and sin, in case of repentance, makes human Adam. And the insistence in error and sin, takes man away from God's grace.
Repentance door is wide open. And will still open until death time.5 Then, to our part, is to stand inside the threshold of this door all times. To look for ways to sip from the ocean of God's mercy. To seek asylum in His mercy and bounty sincerely, with regret and determination. We have to purify and keep alive our hearts that exhausted in problems of daily lives, our minds, inmate with kinds of thoughts, our tongues that we wasted in various words, with dhikr and repentance.
Then, let’s take opportunity of Blessed Three Months. Let us evaluate these days that grace of God flow upon us in streams. Let us offer our most sincere repentance, prayers and good deeds to Him alone, in obedience and devotion. Let's quit sins, faults and errors. Let's strive to reach the end of Three Months, out of sins immaculate, and having the consent of Rahman Allah (swt). Let us keep harping on this suplication and repentance words from our Prophet;
“O my Allah! You are my Lord. There is no god worthy of worship other than You. You created me. I am your servant. I am still keeping as much as I can my promise and vow that I gave you in the beginning of time. I seek refuge in You from the evil of my wrongdoings. I cite the favors that You granted upon me with thankfulness and confess my sin. Please forgive me, there is no doubt that there is no one else other than you who forgive sins.”6
1 Al-i Imran, 3/135.
2 Tirmidhi, Tafsir al-Qur'an, 83.
3 Ibn Majah, Asceticism, 30.
4 Bakara, 2 / 35-38; A'raf, 7 / 19-23.
5 Nisa, 4 / 17-18.
6 Tirmidhi, Deavât, 15.
Prepared by the General Directorate of Religious Services
Translated By: Sibgetullah Korhan