وَإِذَا جَاءَكَ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِآيَاتِنَا فَقُلْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ ۖ كَتَبَ رَبُّكُمْ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ الرَّحْمَةَ ۖ أَنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ مِنكُمْ سُوءًا بِجَهَالَةٍ ثُمَّ تَابَ مِن بَعْدِهِ وَأَصْلَحَ فَأَنَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“When those who believe in our verses come to you, then say to them, ‘Peace be upon you’. Your Rabb has made mercy compulsory upon Himself. The fact is that whichever one of you sin out of ignorance and then repents and amends (for his sin), Allah is most forgiving most merciful”.
(Surah Al-Anaam verse 54)
As humans we fall prey to sins, but there is no need to become hopeless or despondent, Allah is the one who forgives. We should turn to him.
Allama Bydawi RA, the famous commentator of the Quran says, there are 3 types of sinners:
1. ظالم Zalim- who sometimes sins
2. ظلوم Zaloom- who sins quite often
3. ظلاّم Zallam- who sins all the time
He then says, Allah has mentioned 3 of his qualities in the Quran:
1. غافر Ghafir- The Forgiver
2. غفور Ghafoor – The oft-Forgiving
3. غفّار Ghaffar – The superb Forgiver
Allah is telling us, it doesn’t matter who you are or how many sins you’ve committed, I will meet you accordingly and I’ll forgive you.
Allah says in Hadith Qudsi,
ياابن آدم لو بلغت ذنوبك عنان السماء ثم استغفرتني غفرت لك
“O son of Adam, if your sins reach the heavens and still you turn to me, I will forgive all your sins.” (Tirmidhi)
أللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لي وَارْحَمْني وَأَلْحِقْني بِالرَّفيقِ الأّعْلى
“O Allah, forgive me and have mercy upon me and join me with the highest companions (in Paradise.” (Muslim)
How merciful is Allah to his servants when they turn to him? Allah is 70 times more merciful to his servants than a mother is to her child. Allahu Akbar!
Ramadan is a month of mercy, we will be very unfortunate if we do not have time to seek forgiveness from our Lord and become worthy of his mercy. During the early hours of the night, try and offer the masnoon number of rak’aats for Tahajjud which is 8. And take out time to make a lengthy du’a. It is the time when Allah descends to the first sky and asks, “Is there anyone who will ask so I can give to him? Is there anyone seeking forgiveness, so I may forgive him?”
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.