By N.U. Abdul Razzak Udayar
June 7, 2018
To err is human, to forgive is divine. This
well-known adage clearly points out that human beings by nature often tend to
make mistakes and commit sins.
Islam, as a perfect religion, agrees to
this truth as no man is perfect in this world.
As the Holy month of Ramadan gives us a
strong and effective training to build a good character it is apt to reflect on
the importance of seeking repentance.
loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify
Repentance helps believers kill two birds
with one stone. When the forgiveness is accepted, they not only get relief free
from bad deeds but also get merits for this unique act of worship.
The best among all people, Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) who is sinless, repented to Allah more than 70 times a day.
Hence we should be hasty to genuinely seek repentance and forgiveness for all
our mistakes, misdeeds and sins that are committed overtly or covertly.
Today, with the dominance of technology,
some or a few of us can commit mistakes intentionally or otherwise.
With sincere repentance, one can simply
forget his or her unpleasant past and turn over a new leaf as one who repents
from sin is like one who has not sinned.
Allah, the Almighty, confirms the success
that is given to those who sincerely repent:
And beg Allah to forgive you all, Oh believers, that you may be successful.”
(Surah An Noor-
There are several benefits that a repentant
gets through this humble act of worship. It removes his guilt, fills the heart
with happiness, and brings the repenting person closer to Allah thus giving him
the right path for eternal success.
The victim or the affected party also gets
a relief when the offender asks forgiveness while restoring the latter’s right.
Islam is the perfect way of life that
ensures every member of society — Muslim or non- Muslin, the rich or the poor,
male or female —gets equal treatment and justice since it promotes peace and
When a person goes astray, he is given the
rare opportunity putting himself back on the right track. Repentance is the
easiest step Allah has given to the believers. The doors of Allah are open for
every one for repentance with three main conditions. They are:
one’s sins and mistakes
ashamed of violating Allah’s trust of complete submissions to his commands
3. Making a
promise never to repeat such bad behaviour