Some benefits from the book “Al Istighfar” by Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullah).
He (rh) mentions that abandoning commandments is worse than committing prohibitions.
What one committed of prohibited actions, as well as what one left out of ignorance and neglect, needs to be repented for.
One of the righteous said the common people repent from the sins whereas the righteous also repent from neglectfulness.
Wahb ibn Munabbih said that Aadam (as) cried for 300 years after eating from the tree and never looked up after being sent down to earth.
The Prophets were forgiven by Allah, yet they weren’t complacent! We should be in the state of regret even after the sin, even if it’s many years later.
The least that can be said is that it’s recommended to repent and feel regret for sins which a person did in the past and for which one has already repented for.
If a person talks about someone behind their back, even though he didn’t mention their name but it’s known that he is talking about that person, this is backbiting!
It has been said, the one who backbites will have his good deeds cancelled!
Others have said that the one who backbites and repents will be the last to enter Jannah and the one who didn’t repent will be from the first to enter the fire.
- A man came to Ibn al Jawzi (rh) and said, I want to divorce my wife, I’m tired of her and so on. Ibn Jawzi (rh) replied, you need to sit somewhere quiet and repent to Allah.
- When they thought about fighting Hajjaj, the tyrant, they said, you have been given Hajjaj as a punishment from Allah and if you fight this one, Allah has many many Hajjajs.
- A man was sworn at so he repented to Allah for whatever he had done to be sworn at.
What We Learn from These Stories:
- Always repent if something goes wrong.
- Always blame yourself and not others.
- Don’t ever think you’re free of doing bad things. We have all sinned in our lives so when something bad happens to us, don’t begin to ask why. Just because we forgot about the sin and didn’t repent for it doesn’t mean Allah forgot!
أواب حفيظ – Those that repent often is mentioned in the Qur’an. Some of the people of the past mentioned it’s a person who remembers his sins when he is by himself and seeks forgiveness. They are the people that will be told BY Allah:
ادْخُلُوهَا بِسَلَامٍ ذَٰلِكَ يَوْمُ الْخُلُودِ
“Enter you therein in peace and security; this is a Day of eternal life!”
May Allah make us from them.
Never give up hope in the Mercy of Allah no matter what sin you’ve committed. All He wants is for you to repent! We all make mistakes!