Theme: Do Not Delay Tawbah (Repentance) Because As The Journey Gets Longer, The Return Also Becomes Harder
Does this scenario sound familiar? You are doing very well spiritually. You feel deeply connected with Allah, and then… you commit a sin! Once you do it, you feel like your entire life has collapsed. You start despising yourself, you think you are hypocritical, you think Allah will not accept you or take you seriously again.
It could be that you decided to quit a particular sin, and you actually refrained from it for a long period. You felt like you were really at the top of your game, but then you slipped… And once you did, you thought that everything has gone to waste, there is no more hope in you…
If this is what you’re thinking, then Please Stop This Line of Thinking NOW!
NEVER think that you are hopeless or that you’ve lost the battle. Never! So long as you’re breathing, you can completely change the situation, reclaim your life, control the sin and not allow it to control you.
Now, there are a few points to remember here.
1. One of the major obstacles to one’s spiritual productivity is falling into sin.
2. Yes, sins are ugly and they fill the heart, mind and soul with darkness, sadness and burden. As a matter of fact, we learn from the hadith that Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Verily, when the slave (of Allah) commits a sin, a black spot appears on his heart. When he refrains from it, seeks forgiveness and repents, his heart is polished clean. But if he returns, it increases until it covers his entire heart. And that is the ‘Ran’ which Allah mentioned: ‘Nay, but on their hearts is the Ran which they used to earn.’”[Jami’ at-Tirmidhi]
3. All human beings commit sins. We cannot be sinless, but we can definitely control being sinful by working on disciplining our nafs (self), purifying our thoughts and actions, doing good deeds, seeking righteous companions and repenting often. It was narrated from Anas that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Every son of Adam commits sin, and the best of those who commit sin are those who repent.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
4. Yes, we sin, but sin is not our identity. Rather, struggling against sin could truly refine our character, faith, perseverance and commitment to Allah .
So, if you’re in a position of making tawbah, then you are in a position of receiving the love of Allah. Do you see why Shaitan wants you to feel hopeless and prevent you from seeking forgiveness and tawbah? Because his ultimate goal is to divert you from the path of Allah and tawbah not only puts you back on track, but it also earns you the love of Allah Almighty, The Most Merciful, Most Loving, Most Affectionate .
So, tawbah all the way!