Posts Tagged ‘Repentance’

Best Opportunity for Repentance!

November 6, 2010

Tomorrow, if Allah wills, is the first day of the month of Dhul Hijjah, may it be full of Allah’s blessings and forgiveness. The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are blessed and the Muslim has to make the most of them by:

  • praying more sincerely,
  • spending more time in studying the Quran,
  • fasting those days,
  • doing more good like helping the poor, planting the earth, cleaning the environment, visiting the family, being honest and kind, and visiting the ill,
  • asking eagerly for Allah’s forgiveness and acceptance of repentance, and
  • making effort to clarify the misconceptions about Islam by behaving like a real Muslim: stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, stop following women, stop wasting time in cafes and malls, spend your money more wisely, regard people’s feelings, be kind to the elderly and children, love Allah’s creatures, make your family happy, and keep your city clean.

May Allah forgive our sins and mistakes, that which we know of and which we do not know of, amen.

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Come Back, Ramadan

September 7, 2010

Tomorrow or the day after it will be the last day of Ramadan.

I hope Allah will forgive my sins and accept my fast, amen!

Wishing you acceptance and forgiveness! Let us pray that Allah helps us on keeping away from sins!

Sins & Acceptance of Repentance in Islam

August 24, 2010

I would like to share this article with you regarding the concept of sins in Islam and about Allah’s acceptance of a sinner’s repentance.

May Allah accept our repentance in this Holy month and may He help us walk on the straight path, Amen!

The Seventeenth Chapter of the Quran: The Night Journey

August 19, 2010

I found a good Website for reading the Quran with the meanings.

I finished reading the seventeenth chapter of the Holy Quran, the Night Journey. I would like to share some of the verses with you:

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. (23) And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.” (24)

Quran 17:23-24

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. (26) Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful. (27)

Quran 17:26-27

I like the following verses. They are precious advices and are full of wisdom:

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent. (29) Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing. (30) And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. (31) And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. (32) And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law]. (33) And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned. (34) And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result. (35) And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned. (36) And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height. (37) All that – its evil is ever, in the sight of your Lord, detested. (38)

Quran 17:29-38

And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy. (53)

Quran 17:53

And We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference. (70)

Quran 17:70

Ramadan Questions & Answers

August 16, 2010

I would like to share some questions and answers regarding the holy month of Ramadan from Islam Question and Answer Website:

And here is a link to a book about “70 Matters Related to Fasting” from Islam Question and Answer.

The Third Chapter of the Quran: The Women

August 13, 2010

Peace be upon you!

Today, I started reading the third chapter of the Holy Quran, The Women. I would like to share with you some of the verses in this chapter:

Give unto orphans their wealth. Exchange not the good for the bad (in your management thereof) nor absorb their wealth into your own wealth. Lo! that would be a great sin. (2)

Quran 4:2

Forgiveness is only incumbent on Allah towards those who do evil in ignorance (and) then turn quickly (in repentance) to Allah. These are they toward whom Allah relenteth. Allah is ever Knower, Wise. (17) The forgiveness is not for those who do ill-deeds until, when death attendeth upon one of them, he saith: Lo! I repent now; nor yet for those who die while they are disbelievers. For such We have prepared a painful doom. (18)

Quran 4:17-18

Allah would make the burden light for you, for man was created weak. (28)

Quran 4:28

And covet not the thing in which Allah hath made some of you excel others. Unto men a fortune from that which they have earned, and unto women a fortune from that which they have earned. (Envy not one another) but ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things. (32)

Quran 4:32

Lo! Allah wrongeth not even of the weight of an ant; and if there is a good deed, He will double it and will give (the doer) from His presence an immense reward. (40)

Quran 4:40

Lo! Allah forgiveth not that a partner should be ascribed unto Him. He forgiveth (all) save that to whom He will. Whoso ascribeth partners to Allah, he hath indeed invented a tremendous sin. (48)

Quran 4:48

Lo! Allah commandeth you that ye restore deposits to their owners, and, if ye judge between mankind, that ye judge justly. Lo! comely is this which Allah admonisheth you. Lo! Allah is ever Hearer, Seer. (58)

Quran 4:58

When ye are greeted with a greeting, greet ye with a better than it or return it. Lo! Allah taketh count of all things. (86)

Quran 4:86

And whoso doeth good works, whether of male or female, and he (or she) is a believer, such will enter paradise and they will not be wronged the dint in a date-stone. (124)

Quran 4:124

Ye will not be able to deal equally between (your) wives, however much ye wish (to do so). But turn not altogether away (from one), leaving her as in suspense. If ye do good and keep from evil, lo! Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (129)

Quran 4:129

O ye who believe! Be ye staunch in justice, witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or (your) parents or (your) kindred, whether (the case be of) a rich man or a poor man, for Allah is nearer unto both (them ye are). So follow not passion lest ye lapse (from truth) and if ye lapse or fall away, then lo! Allah is ever Informed of what ye do. (135)

Quran 4:135

Fasting of the Tongue

August 13, 2010

Fasting in Ramadan is not only limited to abstaining from food, drinks, and sexual relationships during the day. More important than fasting from food and drinks is to guard one’s tongue.

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

One who while fasting does not guard his tongue from telling lies and does not refrain from bad deeds, is not respecting his fast. Allah does not approve of mere abstention from food.

When you are fasting, you should not speak ill of anybody, nor should you be rough and noisy. If anybody speaks ill of you or tries to pick a quarrel with you, reply him not, but say to him that you are fasting.

Fasting can make a person rough, but it is a good test to observe the willpower of one’s soul to perfect itself.

A Pity to the Worshippers of Ramadan

August 13, 2010

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

If people understood what good there was in the month of Ramadan, they would have liked that it last for a year.

It is very wrong for a Muslim to pray, read the Quran, do more good, and refrain from sins only in Ramadan. A Muslim is supposed to pray, read the Quran, do more good, and refrain from sins all year long. Ramadan is a month filled with Allah’s blessings. Each of us must invest more time during Ramadan for worshiping and perfecting one’s character.

Those who are submitting to Allah only in Ramadan are losers. Fasting is supposed to change hearts. Those who do not feel any guilt or shame during their fast and when Ramadan ends they continue committing sins are low in faith.

Ramadan blessings are felt by those who really want to change and start a new page as true Muslims.

Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, said:

Unfortunate is the person who is deprived of the forgiveness of Allah during this great month (of Ramadan).

A pity to those who worship Ramadan!

Ward Off Evil

August 12, 2010

Fasting helps us not do bad and control our desires.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

O ye who believe! Devour not usury, doubling and quadrupling (the sum lent). Observe your duty to Allah, that ye may be successful. (130) And ward off (from yourselves) the Fire prepared for disbelievers. (131) And obey Allah and the messenger, that ye may find mercy. (132) And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who ward off (evil); (133) Those who spend (of that which Allah hath given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loveth the good; (134) And those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allah and implore forgiveness for their sins – Who forgiveth sins save Allah only? – and will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did. (135) The reward of such will be forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide for ever – a bountiful reward for workers! (136)

Quran 3:130-136

Perfecting Your Character

August 10, 2010

I like the following Hadith about fasting quoted by ummsqueakster:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

And I like what she said:

Remember, dear sisters and brothers, that fasting is more than just abstaining food, drink and sexual relations. It is about perfection of good character. Why should we leave what is lawful for us, and then indulge in the haram? Watch your character and your tongue, lest you get nothing from your fast but hunger and thirst.

So, let us, Muslims and non-Muslims, take this opportunity and try to be good people in Ramadan. Let us purify our souls and taste being a good person in the inside and the outside!

Ramadan Mubarak!

How to Stop Your Soul from Commiting Sins

July 10, 2010

Do you find yourself indulging many times in either drinking alcohol, watching pornography, cheating on your wife or husband, having a relationship out of wedlock, gambling, badmouthing people, backbiting, or doing other bad things in front of people or in hiding, and suddenly you regain control of yourself and feel ashamed? This feeling is good since it means that you still have control over the desires of the soul.

Remember that Allah is watching you. You do not want Him to see you doing bad things, do you? You would not want the One you respect to feel sad about how lowly you are becoming. Remember that every action you do and every word you spell is recorded in your book and it will be reviewed by Allah in front of all of His creations including your close family members and friends. It would be a very embarrassing situation, I tell you. And do not forget the accumulation of tiny bad things you did, helped to be done, or said which have been recorded, and every bit of them will be weighed on the scale, and alas if the scale touches down because of your big and little tiny sins!

You can change yourself starting from now! Yes. Say with me:

O, Allah! Forgive me for whatever bad things I have ever done to any creations by You! O, Allah! Help me to walk back on the straight path and assist me into not swerving away!

Do you feel the guilt and the regret? Good. Think of every little and big sin you had done and promise Allah not to come back to doing them again. Do not think of them. Try to forget the false sweetness. Ask your friends to help you into staying on the safe path. Pray more, read the Quran, use the TV and the Internet wisely, visit the Masjid and listen to the lectures, spend a lot of time with your family, go out and see Allah’s creations, help others to be good, and do not forget that He is seeing you and expecting good to come from you.

Live life for happiness now, tomorrow and in the hereafter.

Remembering Allah Every Second!

July 5, 2010

As a Muslim, I fear that my bad deeds are exceeding my good deeds. I try not to do bad things. If I have done something bad, I tell myself:

Khawla! Do not let the Devil get you. Keep remembering that you are being watched by Allah, and you do not want Him to see you doing bad things!

One day, when I was in India, I bought my lunch with my parents. When I went back to the hotel, on my way, a poor boy stopped us and asked that I give him all my food. I shouted at him! Yes, I should not have, but I was not feeling good at that time. When I was in the hotel eating, the image of that boy came to me. I always said that those poor boys and girls on the streets of India are hired by some people to beg and at the end of the day they share their profit. I am not of the type who say bad words to people even to beggars. I regretted shouting at the boy and told myself they had to do it to live. I asked my father that if he saw that boy he should give him some Rupees. I felt some of the regret I had had been lifted from my heart. Still, I try to do good to people and pay my Zakat every year. I do this hoping that Allah will forgive me for what I have done.

I love to do good whenever I can in my family, in work, and in life as a whole. I do good to the stray cats that come to my house. I help strangers I meet in the mall. I help my parents with house chores. I try to draw a smile on everyone’s face. Try to seek people’s happiness and you will find yours.

Remember Allah every second. Now. Then! Do not forget that He expects you to be a good person to yourself, in your life, and for you in the hereafter.