How to overcome regret and hopelessness through Repentance!

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Have you ever felt as though your sins have mounted so high that you feel ashamed to ask for forgiveness? As though the sin that you have just committed is simply unforgivable? Or do you ever feel so hopeless because of your sins that you plan to abandon your journey towards the pleasure of Allah ?

Well then this is the blog for you!

Inshallah, in this blog we will try our best to show you that no sin is unforgivable and no journey to Allah so dire that you have to give up!

Keep reading on for inspirational advice and tips from the Holy Quran and Sunnah to motivate you in your Prophetic Path journey 🙂

 

Repentance comes first at Prophetic Path!

Firstly, have you watched ‘step 2’ of our ‘Three steps to the pleasure of Allah’ on our website homepage? On there you will find that the diagram to the pleasure of Allah which shows that the pre-requisite to beginning your journey is repentance.

What is interesting is that repentance can only come after feeling regret. And regret is indeed a wonderful thing itself as it shows that there is still a spark of light in the heart.  Some scholars have even suggested that the feeling of regret itself is a blessing that comes from Allah which he has placed in your heart.

 

Why is regret a good thing?

Regret is actually a great thing because it is through this that a sinner can rectify his state of affairs.  When a person feels a sense of regret and shamefulness after committing a sinful act he has access to gain spiritual energy to knock on the door of Tawbah. Ibn Ata’Allah al-Sakandari’s states:

 

“God may decree that you commit a sin to rid you of arrogance and conceit. Indeed, it has been related, ‘Many a sin is there that causes its perpetrator to enter paradise.’ A man offers two units of prayer and relies on them, settles for them, and is delighted by them. This is a good deed surrounded by evil. Another man commits an act of disobedience that brings him a sense of humiliation and brokenness along with unabated humility and poverty of spirit. This is an evil deed surrounded by good.”

 

How amazing is this? Alhamdulillah. A sin actually has the ability to lead to your salvation. So my brother and sister our own sense of brokenness after falling short from obeying our Lord should not lead us to despair.  Instead we should be using all of our energy to seek repentance!

 

What does the Quran & Sunnah say about sinning and repentance?

 In Surah Ale Imran, Allah ﷻ states:

 

“And those who, having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls, earnestly bring Allah to mind, and ask for forgiveness for their sins- and who can forgive sins except Allah?… For such the reward is forgiveness from their Lord and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath- an eternal dwelling: how excellent a recompense for those who work (and strive)” (3:135; 136).

 

Anās Ibn-Mālik narrates that ‘I heard the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ saying in a Ḥadīth Qudsī that Allāh ﷻ says:

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“O son of Adam! As long as you call upon Me, and have hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done; and I shall not care. O son of Adam! If your sins were to reach the heights of the skies, and then you ask forgiveness from Me, I would forgive you I shall not care (that your sins were so many).” [Tirmidhī]

 

And the cream of existence ﷺ also is reported to have said:

 

“All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” (At·Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

 

How profound is the mercy of Allah ﷻ and his Beloved Messenger ﷺ.  They are telling us in the most unequivocal terms that basically if you sin, then repent you WILL be forgiven.  All you have to do is ask! So, having heard this how on earth can we become hopeless or full of despair?

 

But, there must be an expiry date to repent though?

No! Unless the rattles of death have reached your throat or the sun is rising from the west the opportunity to seek forgiveness is open 24/7, literally every moment of every day.

You should realise that no matter how long you have delayed coming to repentance it is never too late.  Always come back because Allah ﷻ loves your repentance.

 

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“Allah rejoices more over the repentance of His slave than any one of you who finds his camel after having lost it in a desolate land.” (Muslim 2747)

 

We must come to accept and realise that human beings are not angels nor prophets.  We are not ‘masoom’, i.e. sinless and you and I are both bound to sin and become forgetful of Allah ﷻ and His commands.  But, guess what. He Glorious and Merciful is He never forgets you.

When a servant repents it pleases Allah ﷻ so much that He ﷻ celebrates it by ceasing the punishment in the Muslim graveyard for 40 days.

 

Amazing example of the power of repentance

Our Beloved Master Al Mustafa ﷺ said to the nearest meaning:

 

“Did you not see Umar, Khalid Ibn Walid, Abu Sufyan (RA) were all rebels that Muslim suffered heavy loss from.  But when they repented, they became the best Muslims. But never did I reject them in their state of sin. My love for you is like an ocean which has no limit, I love you my Ummati, I wish I could give you the heart who can understand my love for you, I wish I could give you the eyes so you can see how much I long for you. Allah is the most Generous and Forgiving and He gave those qualities to me as my heart is so vast that I’m waiting to welcome anyone no matter how sinful he is.  My love for you is much more than a Mother.”

 

Indeed, no one really loves us more than Rasulallah the sublime Messenger of God ﷺ.

 

What does Allah love the most?

Repentance! Constant repentance!

Know that the Mutaquin (pious people) and the sinner are all knocking at the Door of Allah ﷻ.  The pious for his good deeds to be accepted and the latter for the forgiveness of his sins. It is even said that the crying of repentance of the worst of sinners is dearer to God and dhikr ﷻ than the lullabies of the best of saints.

Allah the Exalted says in the noble Quran:

 

“Surely Allah loves the ones constantly repenting, and He loves the ones constantly purifying themselves”. (2:222)

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“And nothing that is done subsequently is accepted in the absence of repentance. When a person repents, his house in Paradise, the heavens, the earth, and (even) the Prophet rejoice for him.”

Aphorism from Ibn Ata’Allah al-Sakandari’s Taj al-Arus

 

Four conditions of repentance

With true repentance comes conditions.  There are four and they are listed for you here.  These conditions help you to transform your ordinary repentance to sincere repentance which is the key to acceptance of your regret and forgiveness.

 

  1. To be regretful and ashamed of the sin one has committed, regardless of whether it is a minor or major sin, as all acts of disobedience, including makruh acts, entail a darkness which enters one’s heart.

 

  1. To cut the means that lead oneself toward sin, by abandoning the acts which take a person towards disobedience. An example is abandoning bad company, TV, Internet and so forth.

 

  1. To hold a firm, sincere and resolute intention not to return to a life of darkness and instead strongly intend to remain on the straight and righteous path.

 

  1. To fulfil the Rights of Allah ﷻ, the Prophet ﷺ and the creation and beg forgiveness for those Rights which have been previously violated. One must also fulfil the rights of one’s soul by not neglecting it or abandoning it amid the darkness of sin.”

 

What to do now?

Well, first of all if you were feeling hopeless and down about your sins then rejoice! You have, I have, we ALL have the most Merciful and Loving Lord ﷻ! He loves to forgive so all you have to do is ASK!

If you haven’t understood any of the above or you require further guidance on how to repent then feel free to register FREE of charge on our website and mobile app so that one of our gender-specific mentors can assist you.

 

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3 Comments on “How to overcome regret and hopelessness through Repentance!”

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  3. Mateen

    Allahu Akbar

    Thank you for this article. It really is a life-saver to hear about Allah’s Mercy, praise be to Him.

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