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By Anoshia Riaz
Being worried and concerned about the day that you are going to meet Allah (swt) – the Day of Judgement- when all the secrets of your heart will lay bare if you have not sought forgiveness.
Why I say if you have not sought forgiveness?
Because Islam is based on mercy- it is a religion of peace and mercy. It starts off with the terms or the words of the blessed noble Quran, right at the beginning, known as Surah-Al-Fatiha.
Al humdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen
You are praising your Maker. You are declaring all praise to the Maker-the Rabb. The Rabb here refers to the One who created-
Nourisher, Cherisher, Sustainer, Provider, Protector, and Curer.
All these terms are included in the term Rabbun, made of two letters in the Arabic language: One Raa and two Baa. So, praise be to Allah (swt), Lord of the worlds. Then what does Allah (swt) say?
Allah (swt) declares immediately that not only is He the Merciful, but the faith that He has asked you to believe, to be a follower of the faith of mercy; the faith that is based on hope, not the faith that is based on the wrath and the anger of Allah (swt). Therefore, he could have chosen after “Alhumdulillahi Rabb-il Aal’ameen” whatever he wanted. He could have spoken about punishment, he could have spoken about so many other things- but, he chose to say “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem” – the qualities which are repeated by me and you who pray so many times a day. Every unit of prayer, we repeat Allah (swt) is the one who is “Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem” – the Merciful, the Merciful. It’s actually Merciful twice. Different types of mercy, one is ‘broader’ than the other. This is making mention of how beautiful the faith is. That is why, I say that those who repent, and who seek forgiveness from Allah (swt). Wallahi, my dear brothers and sisters, your sin is wiped out. Never let the devil come back to you and make you think: “You know what, your sin was too big and you are not forgiven.” No way! That is one of the plots of devil. Allah (swt) says,
“Say: “O ‘Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful..” (Az-Zumar 39:53)
Do not become despondent; if you become despondent, or if you despair, or if you think that your sin is not forgiven by Allah (swt) – you have insulted Allah (swt) because He says,
Allah (swt) will forgive all sins. What you need to do is repent. Which brings me to a point that Muslim is he or she who constantly turns to Allah (swt): “O Allah forgive me! There are sins I have committed that I don’t even know. I was on a street today, and I looked at things that might displease you. There are things that I might have said today which you did not like. Ya’Allah (swt) forgive me for the sins I know, and the sins I do not know. I admit, I regret, I seek forgiveness and I promise I would not do it again. Those are the four conditions of the acceptance of your repentance.
The best Muslim constantly seeks the forgiveness of Allah (swt). The Prophet Muhammad (sa) was the ultimate best. No competition, hands down. He was the best.
What did he do?
Look at the Ahadeeth.
Look at the sayings of the companions where they say that he sought forgiveness around 70 times a day, 100 times a day. Why?
He was sinless, spotless. But, it is because it was a lesson for every one of us. You want to be the best Muslim. Learn to turn to Allah (swt), everyday!
Seek forgiveness of Allah (swt). I will tell you, start your day seeking forgiveness of Allah (swt) every single day, and you end your day seeking forgiveness of Allah (swt) each day. One day you will leave this world. And, if you make this a habit of seeking forgiveness, the day you leave this Earth, you would have sought forgiveness of Allah (swt) on that same day. So, when your deeds go up, the angels will obviously have the deeds laid bare, and it will be seen that the day you died, you told Allah (swt): “O Allah (swt), I seek your forgiveness.”
Be hopeful my brothers and sisters, this is a religion of hope! Never let the devil make you think you are right off! The best Muslim is he who constantly has hope in the mercy of Allah (swt); who knows that the devil wants to trap me.
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