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[3] Tawbah [Repentance]: Signs of Sincere Repentance

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Allaah [The Most High] said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ تُوبُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ تَوۡبَةً۬ نَّصُوحًا عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمۡ أَن يُكَفِّرَ عَنكُمۡ سَيِّـَٔاتِكُمۡ وَيُدۡخِلَڪُمۡ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ يَوۡمَ لَا يُخۡزِى ٱللَّهُ ٱلنَّبِىَّ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مَعَهُ ۥ‌ۖ نُورُهُمۡ يَسۡعَىٰ بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيہِمۡ وَبِأَيۡمَـٰنِہِمۡ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَآ أَتۡمِمۡ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَآ‌ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ ڪُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ قَدِيرٌ۬

O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow [Paradise] the Day that Allah will not disgrace the Prophet [Muhammad] and those who believe with him, their Light will run forward before them and with [their Records Books of deeds] in their right hands they will say: ‘’Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us [and do not put it off till we cross over the Siraat (a slippery bridge over the Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things.’’

[يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ تُوبُوٓاْ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ تَوۡبَةً۬ نَّصُوحًا – O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance]- Meaning: Umar Ibn Khattaab [radiyallaahu anhu] said: ‘’At-tawbatun Nosooh [sincere repentance] is that a person repents from sins and reminds himself not to return to sinning. Al-Hasan Al-Basri [rahimahullaah] was asked about At-tawbatun Nusooh [sincere repentance], so he said: ‘’It is regret [felt in] the heart, asking for forgiveness with the tongue, the limbs refrain from sinning and being careful of returning to sinning. Ibn Mas’ood [radiyallaahu-anhu] said: ‘’At-tawbatun Nusooh [sincere repentance] expiates every evil deed’’, then he recited the Aayah the Aayah [i.e. Aayah 8 Surah At-Tahreem] [Ref 1]

Shaqeeq Al-Balkhiy (rahimahullaah) said: ‘’The signs of repentance are: Weeping over what has preceded [of sins]; fear of falling into sin; keeping way from evil companions and accompanying the good people. [Ref 2]

[Ref 1: An Excerpt from ‘Zaadul Maseer Fee Ilmit Tafseer’. By Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah)]

[Ref 2: Nazhatul Fudalaa 711]



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