At-Tawwāb (The Accepting of Repentance)


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Umar ibn al-Khattāb (may Allah be pleased with him) said:“Sit with the oft-repentant, for they have the so ftest hearts.”

I have done wrong, not right, and then come to You, repentant and hoping for Your forgiveness.

If You do not accept me, none would be in more loss and disappointment than me.

Let us spend some time with Allah’s name “At-Tawwāb”.

What an excellent name “At-Tawwāb” is! It gives the sinner hope to start anew and enter the phase of happiness and get out of the circle of frustration and darkness.

{Do they not know that it is Allah Who accepts repentance from His servants and receives charities and that it is Allah Who is the Accepting of Repentance, the Most Merciful?}

[Surat at-Tawbah: 104]

Our Lord is the Accepting of Repentance. He described Himself as such, in an exaggerated form, because of the large number of His servants whose repentance He accepts. Also, since His servants commit sins repeatedly, the exaggerated form indicates His vast acceptance of repentance that suits major sins.

He continues to accept the repentance and forgive the sins of those who repent and turn to Him, even if they repeat their sins and then repent endlessly

Allah Almighty says:

{But whoever repents after his wrongdoing and mends his ways, Allah will surely accept his repentance. Indeed, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.}

[Surat al-Mā’idah: 39]

A man came to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allah, one of us commits a sin.” He said: “It will be recorded against him.” The man said:

“He asks forgiveness for it and repents.” He said:“He will be forgiven and his repentance will be accepted, and Allah does not get bored of that, but you get bored.”

[Al-Mustadrak; Hasan (sound)]

Whoever repents to Allah sincerely, Allah will accept his repentance.


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