The act for
which we perform Taubah and Istighfar is not necessarily a sin, or an act of
disobedience to Allah; it also includes our shortcomings. As we realise Allah’s
immense favours to us, all of our thankfulness and devotion clearly appears to
be inadequate. As we realise the grandeur of Allah, Most High, our acts of
worship and obedience clearly are seen to be insufficient. The higher a person
is on the scale of Taqwa, piety and God consciousness, the greater is this
sense of inadequacy....