Our faith sometimes weakens and we become overwhelmed by our desires. The shaytaan (Devil) makes sin attractive to us — so we fall into things that The Almighty has forbidden. Now the question is not whether or not you will sin, because mistakes are in fact part of our nature.
The question is — what will you do after you’ve sinned?
The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if you did not commit sin Allah would do away with you and bring people who would commit sin then pray for forgiveness. [Muslim]
It’s time to learn the secrets of an effective repentance!
In this life and the next, and its relation to your productivity. You’ll also boost yourself with some practical tips on how to move on after you’ve sinned, Insha’Allah! Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa instructs us:
“O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! [Quran, 66:8]”
Repentance— an Opportunity!
The Nourisher opened the gate of repentance to Himself and commanded us to turn to Him. This is an amazing combination! The fact that we can repent at any time and the fact that Allah gave us the knowledge of how to repent is a great rahmah (mercy). Tawbah is an opportunity!
The Wisdom Behind Repentance
Do you recognize this pattern? You commit a sin and then you feel bad afterwards, so bad that your guilt makes you feel down and so low that you feel you can’t be forgiven— so why repent?
If you’ve done something so wrong, you must be a terrible person, right? Wrong! There’s a major difference between being a bad person and doing something bad. Allah (swt) gave you the chance to repent and insha’Allaah your sin will even be transformed into a good deed! Isn’t that amazing?
Recognizing your mistakes and sins, feeling ashamed of violating Allah’s trust, and making the promise to Allah never to do it again are the three conditions of your repentance being accepted.
The most important thing about tawbah is that it doesn’t mean you sit down feeling sad and guilty, dwelling on your sin. It means that whenever you sin, you grab the chance to get back, up and do better!
What Repentance Brings to YOU
Let’s look at some rewards sincere tawbah brings to you.
Repentance brings success.
If you go on a path forbidden by Allah (swt), you choose to miss out on Allah’s mercy, rewards, help, and protection. But at the moment that you sincerely repent, you can be assured of His help in your life.
Allah tells us:
And beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful. [Surah An-Noor, 31]
Examples of success are: wealth, children, and increased productivity and blessings, as Allah says in Surah Hud, ayah 52:
“And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Lord and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimoon (criminals, evil doers, etc).”
Repentance keeps you away hardship.
The more we sin, the more we can be deprived of Allah’s blessings and the more trials we might have to endure. Tawbah can give us a way out of our troubles in life, as Allah says:
See they not that they are put in trial once or twice every year (with different kinds of calamities, disease, famine)? Yet, they turn not in repentance, nor do they learn a lesson (from it). [Quran, 9:126]
Repentance earns you Allah’s love.
Do you know that repentance is one of the most beloved acts of worship to Him? Allah says:
“Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves”. [Quran, 2:222]
Repentance makes you feel happy.
Tawbah cleans your heart. It makes you feel lighter, just as the burden of sin makes you feel heavy. Just say to yourself: who is there to stop me from turning back to Allah?
Repentance leads to forgiveness!
Isn’t this what you wanted? Can you imagine Allah forgiving all your sins? Do you think this is an unreachable goal?
The rewards of repentance are: purity of heart, erasing of sins, and increasing of hasanaat (good deeds). Both the Quran and the Hadist are clear that those who repent sincerely to Allah, acknowledging their sins, and commit to not return again to those sins will have their sins forgiven.
The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
If the servant acknowledges his sin and repents, then Allah accepts his repentance.
May Allah put ease on out path to a sincere repentance, InsyaAlloh (by His wills).