Remember To Repent

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Repentance is a key part of being a Muslim. Allah did not create us as perfect, we all make mistakes for which we should seek forgiveness from Allah. He is aware of every single one of our deeds – good and bad. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“He [Allah] is with you, where you may be; and Allah is seeing your deeds.” (Qur’an 57:4)

We should turn to our Lord sincerely in repentance. We should be honest with ourselves and realise that turning to Allah for forgiveness will increase the humility we have when we are speaking to our Lord in prayer and du’aa. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“And Ask for forgiveness of your Lord and repent to him.” (Qur’an 11:90)

Sometimes we may feel as though we are not ‘good’ enough to seek forgiveness from Allah. We fall into despair because we don’t know whether Allah will forgive us. In these situations, we should remind ourselves that Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“Do not despair of the mercy of Allah.” (Qur’an 39:53)

Our Lord and Creator is telling us not to despair. So why do we? Why do we lose hope? We shouldn’t fall into despair as this will lead us further away from Allah. Seeking Allah’s forgiveness may be something that we often forget to do, as acknowledging our wrongdoings can naturally be difficult for us. However, we should remind ourselves that doing so will be beneficial for us. Our Lord tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“… And ask Allah to pardon all of you, O devotees, that you might be fruitful.” (Qur’an 24:31)

We read in a hadith that Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said to take advantage of your life before your death (Tirmidhi). When we die, of course we will no longer have the opportunity to ask for Allah’s forgiveness, so we should make du’aa to Him as much as possible while we still can.

Repenting to Allah also gives us another opportunity to please Him. We were created to worship Allah, so we should look for every opportunity to better ourselves as Muslims and improve our relationship with our Creator. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Truly, Allah adores the individuals who turn unto Him in apology…” (Qur’an 2:222)

We should take advantage of the time with which Allah has blessed because we know that there is no guarantee that we will live until tomorrow. We should remind ourselves to regularly repent to Allah in our du’aas. We should not be deceived by this temporary life. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean.” (Sahih Muslim)