- ” And turn you all together in repentance to Allah O believers, that you may be successful” [An-Noor (24):31]
- “Surely Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves” [2:222]
- “Say: ‘O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of God: for God forgives all sins (except shirk): for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.'” (39:53)
- “And it is He who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons the evil deed and knows what you do.” (42:25)
- Narrated Shaddad bin Aus:The Prophet said “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is: ‘Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, A nta Khalaqtani waana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahula yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.” [O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no god besides You. You created me and I am Your servant, following your covenant and [my] promise to you as much as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil that I have done. Before You I acknowledge Your blessings bestowed upon me and I confess my sins to You. So forgive me, for surely no one can forgive sins except You.] The Prophet added. “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” (Bukhari)
- Narrated Abu Hurairah (RAA) Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Whoever says, Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.”
In order for forgiveness to be accepted, these conditions should be met:
1. Cessation of the sin: The crime is committed out of ignorance, not with the intention that, “Let us go ahead and commit this crime as Allah is forgiving, so He will forgive us.”;
2. Regret and remorse: Quickly turn into shame and repentance after committing a crime out of ignorance;
3. Firm resolve not to return to sin- After asking for forgiveness, make a promise or pledge to “mend his ways”, and to stick to his promise.
4. Returning the right of the oppressed, in that which is particular to the rights of man.
4. Perform Salatut tawbah – Ali (RA) who said that Aboo Bakr (RA) told him that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) say: There is no servant who commits a sin and then he purifies himself (wudoo’) and then prays two rakaahs and then seeks forgiveness of Allaah except that Allaah forgives him.
[Ahmad, Aboo dawood eng trans. Vol. 1 #1516 and others]
5. Recite Istigfaar and Sayyidul istigfaar – chief of repentence
6. Recite Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi one hundred times a day
7. Read most excellent manner of seeking forgiveness by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaaq ibn Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad
NB: Always remember when doing a good deed, have the correct intention/niyyah, do it for Allah’s pleasure with sincerity. May all our good deeds be accepted. InshaAllah.