- Please do not run away.
Please do not run away from yourself or try to avoid checking on yourself.
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
I praise Allaah, Who has brought near to us the means of goodness and
has opened the gate of repentance to His slaves, and I send blessings and peace upon the
Messenger of Allaah.
I have put together these few words for everyone who wants to change his situation and his actions so as to earn the pleasure of his Creator and achieve happiness in this world and in the Hereafter. I ask Allaah to make it of benefit to those who read it and tell others about it, and I ask Allaah to forgive sins both open and secret.
Repentance in Ramadaan
My dear brother, I congratulate you on the occasion of this blessed month, the month of repentance, forgiveness and ransom from the Fire, the month of goodness and blessing, the month of generosity and kindness. I say to myself, to you and to everyone who is falling short in his duties towards his
“O you who did not have enough of sin in Rajab, So he continued to disobey his Lord during the month of Sha’baan, Now these two months have been followed by the month of patience, So do not let this be a month of sin too. Recite the Qur’aan and glorify your Lord during this month, striving your utmost,
For it is the month of glorification and Qur’aan.” [Arabic poetry]
The month of Ramadaan has come… so come to Allaah, O seeker of good The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the first night of Ramadaan comes, the devils and demons are chained up, and the gates of Hell are closed and not one gate of it is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one gate of it is closed. And a caller calls out: ‘O seeker of good, come to Allaah;
O seeker of evil, desist.’ Allaah will have ransomed some people from the Fire, and that happens every night.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah with a hasan isnaad).
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you climbed up on the minbar and said, ‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.’ He said, ‘Jibreel (peace be upon him), came to me and said, “Whoever witnesses the month of Ramadaan and is not forgiven so he enters Hell, may Allaah cast him away. Say Ameen.” So I said Ameen.’” (This hadeeth was narrated by Ahmad and is saheeh).
Yes… Ramadaan has come, so turn to your Lord – Whom you have disobeyed – beseeching Him and fearing Him, regretting and weeping… and say, “O God of the Universe, I am returning (to You).”
“O Giver of all good things, give me guidance, For there is no good without guidance. Overlook my istakes with forgiveness, kindness and mercy, For no one else can bestow forgiveness.” [Arabic poetry]
My brother, if you are not forgiven, if your eyes do not shed tears and your heart does not break before your Lord in this month, then when?
My brother, why do you not shed tears for fear of your Lord even once? Do you not feel that your heart is close to your Lord during this month? Do you not think that this is an opportunity for you to draw closer to your Lord and increase in humility, repentance and submission, so that it may be the true beginning of your returning to your Lord so that you may be more closely connected with Allaah?
“While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance and bestows on them their piety [Muhammad 47:17 – interpretation of the meaning] “O man!” Allaah rebukes us and tells us (interpretation of the meaning):
“O man! What has made you careless about your Lord, the Most Generous? [al-Infitaar 82:6] Indeed, O man, what has made you careless about your Lord, so that you have become so audacious in disobeying Him and transgressing His limits? Is it because you are ignoring His blessings?
Or because you forget that He is always watching over you, and that He is almighty? “I am the one who closes the doors, striving in sin (in secret), although the eye of Allaah is watching me.
How patient Allaah is with me, when He lets me off Although I persist in my sin, and He covers me.” [Arabic poetry]
My brother… do not look at how small your sin is… but look at how great is the One Whom you are disobeying.
My brother… Do not let Allaah be the one whom you care the least about of all those who are watching you. Good news for you Here I bring you good news from your Lord and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Say:
“O ‘Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al- Zumar 39:53]
“And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allaah, nor kill such person as Allaah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace; Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”[al-Furqaan 25:68-70]
This is a great blessing and a great deal, for Allaah will change your sins into good deeds… Allaah is Most Great. No one misses out on such a great deal except one who is ignorant or who does not care about this blessing. So repent – my dear brother – if you want this great deal, “Allaah will change their sins into good deeds”.
And listen to what your beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to encourage people to repent: “Allaah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than one of you who suddenly finds his camel laden with supplies after losing it in a barren land.” (Agreed upon) And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah says: ‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I will forgive you no matter what you have done, and I do not mind.
O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach up to the clouds of the sky, then you were to ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you and I do not mind.’” And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah says, ‘O My slaves, you commit sins by night and by day, but I forgive all sins. So ask Me for forgiveness and I will forgive you.’”
And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah stretches forth His hand by night to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the day, and He stretches forth His hand by day to accept the repentance of those who sinned during the night. (This will continue) until the sun rises from the west.”
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw a woman looking for her young son among the prisoners of war. When she found him, she embraced him and gave him her breast. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Do you think that she could throw her child into the fire?” They said, “No.” He said, “Allaah is more merciful towards His slaves than this woman is towards her child.”
Allaah is Most Great… After knowing of this generosity, can we ignore the matter of repentance? Can we delay repenting? O Allaah, glory be to You, how merciful You are. Glory be to You, how kind You are. Glory be to You, how generous You are.
“When my heart grew hard and I did not know where to turn, I made the hope of Your forgiveness my way out. I thought that my sin was so great, but when I compared it To Your forgiveness, my Lord, Your forgiveness was greater. You never cease to forgive sin, and You never cease To be generous, out of Your bounty and kindness.” [Arabic poetry]
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