Repentance helps us more than we know

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We read in a hadith:

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best sinners are those who repent.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

This is a reminder to us when we become judgemental about the sins of other people. Every person has bad deeds, whether it is known to people or not. Indeed, Allah is Al-Aalim (The All-Knowing). We should think about how we would feel if someone had come to know about our deeds and began to tell others or started behaving negatively towards us because of it. None of us are without sin. When people are being critical of another person, they may not even realise that that person may have already repented for that sin. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?” (Qur’an 2:44)

We also learn about the importance of not losing hope due to our deeds. This encourages us not to become so concerned about a deed in a way that distracts us from being able to use our time to do good and seek repentance. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’ And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Qur’an 39:53-54)

The hadith above also highlights the importance of repentance and reminds us that indeed we all have a duty to repent. Repentance also helps us to increase our closeness to our Creator, as we sincerely seek His forgiveness. We read in a hadith:

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah is more joyful with the repentance of his servant than one of you who has lost his camel on a journey in an empty desert while it carries his food and drink.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

May Allah make us among those who are not judgemental of other people and understand that it is better to focus on repenting for our own sins. Aameen. We read in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant…” (Qur’an 2:222)