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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Ones Who Repent

Repentance is essential from every sin, even if it is something between a person and ALLAH and has nothing to do with the rights of another person. There are three conditions of repentance. If one of these three is missing, then repentance is not sincere:

1) Giving up the sin

2) Regret for having done it

3) Resolution never to go back to it

If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then there are four conditions: the three
mentioned above and restoring the rights of that person. If it is money or property, etc, it must be returned to him; if it had to do with slandering him etc, then you should allow him to insult him in return, or ask for his forgiveness; if it had to do with backbiting about him, then you have to ask
for his pardon. It is essential to repent from all sins; if a person repents from some, his repentance from the sins from which he repented is valid (according to the scholars who follow the right path) but he must still repent from the rest as well.

No one will be free of shortcomings in his obedience to ALLAH, or free of mistakes or forgetfulness or sins. We all fall short, commit sins, and make mistakes. We turn to ALLAH and we turn away from Him. We remember that ALLAH is watching and we become negligent. None of us is free of
sin, and we will inevitably make mistakes. As such, repentance is obligatory on the Muslims. The Prophet (peace and blessings of ALLAH be
upon him) said: 
 والذي نفسي بيده ، لو لم تذنبوا لذهب الله تعالى بكم ، ولجاء بقوم يذنبون فيستغفرون  رواه مسلم 2749 

“By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if you did not commit sin ALLAH would do away with you and bring people who would commit sin then pray for forgiveness.” (Muslim, 2749)

He (peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him) also said: 
كل ابن آدم خطاء وخير الخطائين التوابون ) رواه الترمذي 2499

“Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent.” (al-Tirmidhi, 2499 classed as hasan by al-Albaani.)