Tawba (توبة) is a Quranic Arabic word that means “a retreat” or “a return”. Both the Qur’an (القرآن) and the Hadith (الحديث) incorporate the word to refer to the act of leaving what The Lord (الله) has prohibited & returning to what He has commanded.
In the Islamic (الإسلام) theology (دين, – Deen), the word denotes the act of being repentant for one’s misdeeds, atoning for those misdeeds, and having a strong determination to forsake those misdeeds (الإستقامة).
Because Qur’an (القرآن) and Hadith (الحديث) repeatedly mention and emphasize the act of atoning for one’s misdeeds — tawba (توبة) is of immense importance in Islamic tradition. For a Muslim, it is regarded as a major gateway to rectifying his life.
“Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” | QS 5:34.
That’s how life is, C’est La Vie! *puff* 🙂
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