Remorse over Sins: A Sign of Acceptance

The Mashaa’ikh have mentioned that the person who has some poison enter his stomach and then he vomits it out, then understand that this person will become well.  Similarly, the person who commits sin and and feels regret and remorse in his heart and cries and repents, then understand that this person has vomited the  sin out of  his body.  He prays  two rak’ats o f Salat ut Taubah and cries in front of Allah, indicating that he had no affinity towards the sin.  This is a major sign of acceptance in the court of Allah.

Ahlullah Aur Siraat e Mustaqeem pg. 13

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12 Comments on “Remorse over Sins: A Sign of Acceptance”

  1. fatima Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I wanted to know what is said in the Qran or aadith about a sin which is repeated..like eg if a person commits a sin..then afterward regrets and asks for Allah’s forgiveness..then after sometime he repeats the sin..N then the process of doing sin,repenting and then again doing the same sin continues…should one presist their effort of seeking Allahs forgiveness till the time he lets go of that sin forever???

    • Pearl Says:

      Bismihi Ta’ala
      Sister Fatima
      Wa Alaykum Assalam

      Yes. It is mentioned in a hadith, something along these lines: He will not be considered persistent in sin, the one who seeks forgiveness (sincerely), even if he commits the sin seventy times in one day. The mercy of Allah encompasses all things.

      Wassalaam

  2. mkz Says:

    Some people regard the urge to sin to be contrary to piety. They remain in complete anxiety due to these urges. Shaytân misleads led them by saying that a person can never become a saint if he has these urges. How many ignorant ones have not been able to differentiate between the urge to sin and sin itself. Due to this, they lose all hope, fulfill their urges and become deprived of the proximity of the Creator…

    http://www.khanqah.org/eng/mawaiz/life_of_piety.html

  3. taalibah Says:

    jazakAllah for the explanation on sins and repentance, it has answered many reoccuring doubts on this issue.

  4. Osama Says:

    JazakaAllahu Khairun for the beautiful response

  5. Abu Yahya Says:

    Asalamu Alaikum brother Osama:

    Once a person has made sincere taubah from the bottom of his heart, now to think about his sin over and over again and harbor doubts about its forgiveness is wrong.

    Once a person has sincerely repented, now he must go on and hope for Allah’s infinite mercy.

    Hazratwala (damat barakatuhum) says, “Allah Ta`ala has not created our hearts to continuously remember our sins and make ourselves hopeless from the Mercy of Allah Ta`ala. Rather the heart has been made for His remembrace and love, NOT FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF SINS!”

    Also a very important point to take into consideration is that if the sin comes to mind by itself without bringing the thought into the mind, then there is no harm in this “remembrance”, for he did not intentionally bring it up in his mind.

    As for intentionally remembering sins and or reminiscing over them and taking enjoyment from them, this is not correct.

    The spontaneous thought that comes about in the mind without any effort on your side is not evil. Actually the masha’yikh have written that if a person committed a sin once in his life, the waswasa of that sin will continue to come into his mind and heart till the day he dies. This is from the ill-effects of sins. Illaa maa shaa’Allah.

    This is not something he should be concerned about though. It is not against the status of wilayat and friendship of Allah to get wasawis of sins. Rather to practically implement those wasawis is what is negative to wilayat, not the mere thought.

    To think that if the thought of a sin which was committed, comes to mind, then this means that sin has not been forgiven yet, is NOT correct. Once you have repented, let bygones be bygones and continue on with the obedience of Allah and do not intentionally think about the sin unless it is for making shukr that Allah saved you from such a thing. The unintentional thought is nothing to worry about.

    Was salaam

    Tameem

  6. Osama Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    What i meant was, if someone commits a major sin and then sincerely repents for it through salat-ut-taubah and dua,etc. Yet, later on when he starts making dua again, that sin comes back into his head and he keeps remembering it. So my question is, should that person keep seeking repentance until that sin is completely out of his head, or assume that Allah has forgiven that sin and ignore it when it comes to the head again.

  7. Abu Yahya Says:

    Asalamu Alaikum brother Imran…

    All poetry is permissible in Islam on the condition that it contains no obscenities, evil messages, anti-Islamic or immoral things mentioned therein and that it is not accompanied by music.

    As far as John Keats is concerned; unfortunately I am not acquainted with his poetry. But if his poetry fits the above mentioned critera, then it will be permissible. In a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari in his Saheeh, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) praised the poetry of the non-muslim poet, Labeed saying: “The truest statement made by a poet is the statement of Labeed who said:

    “Lo! All else besides Allah is vain!”

    Rasululah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) also mentioned: “Umayyah ibn Salt was very close to entering Islam…” (Bukhari; Kitabul Adab)

    Also Imam Ahmad narrates in his Musnad, “Shareed says that he was riding behind the Messenger (sallallahu alaihi was sallam) on a camel when the Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) asked him: ‘Have you memorized any of Umayyah ibn Salt’s poetry?’

    So Shareed said, ‘YES!’

    So the Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Read me some…”

    So I started to read and each time the Messenger kept saying, ‘more….more….. more….’ until I read 100 lines of poetry and then he stopped saying “more” so I also stopped. (Muslim; Kitabush-She`r, hadith #1)

    wallahu a’lam

  8. Abu Yahya Says:

    Asalamu Alaikum brother Osama… if possible, please do clarify your question inshallah, so that we may be more clear in the answer. Jazakallah.

  9. Imran Says:

    What is the status of poetry in Islam? Is it haram to teach the poetry of, say, John Keats?

  10. Osama Says:

    I can clarify it a bit better if necessary…

  11. Osama Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I wanted to know that if a person commits a certain sin and repents, and then prays salat-ut-tauba, but then still constantly remembers that particular sin while making dua for something else, will that mean his sin has not been forgiven yet and he should still seek more repentance?


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