Sins After Repentance

Sins After Repentance

The Qur’an and Sunnah speak about that worshipper who repents and asks forgiveness for his sins will be forgiven and will not be asked about those sins again. In fact, Allah tells us that those sins will be exchanged for good deeds.Allah says:
إِلَّا مَنْ تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَـٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَحِيمًا
“Except those who repent and believe and work righteous deeds, for them Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah al-Furqan 25: 70)
Ibn Katheer discusses the issue of evil deeds being changed to good deeds in his Tafsir, saying: “There are two opinions on what it means…The second opinion is that those evil deeds that have passed are turned into good deeds by way of the true and sincere repentance itself. This is because every time that person remembers what he had done, he regrets it, feels remorse, and seeks Allah’s forgiveness. In this way, the sin becomes an act of obedience. On the Day of Judgment, even if he finds those sins recorded against him, they do him no harm and are turned into good deeds on the page of his account. This is what is established by the Sunnah and by the statements related to us from the Pious Predecessors.”
The text of that Hadith: Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Indeed, I know the last person to leave the Hellfire and the last person to enter Paradise. A man will be brought and it will be said: ‘Set aside his major sins and ask him only about his minor ones.’ It will be said to him: ‘On a certain day did you do such deeds and on a certain day did you do such a deed?’ He will say: ‘Yes’, unable to deny anything of it. Then it shall be said to him: ‘For you is a good deed for each of those evil deeds.’ Then he will say: ‘O My Lord! I did other things that I do not see (recorded) here!’” Thereupon Rasulullah (SAW) laughed until we could see his molar teeth. (Sahih Muslim)The human being, by nature, is prone to err. This is why Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Every descendant of Adam is oft to err, and the best of those who err are those who are oft to repent.” (Al-Tirmidhi) Rasulullah (SAW) said: “If you were to not commit sins, Allah would remove you and replace you with a people who would commit sins and then seek Allah’s forgiveness, so Allah could forgive them.” (Sahih Muslim) Ibn al-Hanafiyyah relates from `Alî (RA) that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Indeed Allah loves the believing servant who falls into trials and then repents.” (Musnad Ahmad (605, 810) with a weak chain of transmission)
Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalânî mentions this statement in Fath al-Bârî with the wording: “The best of you are those of you who fall into trials and then repent.” quoting it from Musnad al-Firdaws from `Alî.
Therefore, we must make ourselves upright and not pine over our past faults. We must know that none of us are going to gain admission into Paradise by virtue of our deeds, but only by Allah encompassing us with his mercy and His grace. The believer may very well at times be weak and indulgent. However, he does not establish himself upon a sin and he does not persist in his heedlessness. He neither despairs of Allah’s mercy nor sees renewal as hopeless. Instead, he resolves himself to seek Allah’s forgiveness and to follow up his evil deed with works of righteousness. He knows for certain that Allah is the Most Merciful of all and the best in forgiveness.
Allah’s mercy encompasses all things. Allah says:

وَلَا تُفْسِدُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ بَعْدَ إِصْلَاحِهَا وَادْعُوهُ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا ۚ إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ مِنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

 “Indeed the mercy of Allah is near to those who do good.”(Surah al-Araaf 7: 56)
We should resolve, then, to be from among those who do good. We must make it our habit to remember Allah, to thank Him, and to seek His forgiveness, for indeed good deeds wipe away evil ones. If we slip and commit a sin, we must make sure not to follow it up with another sin. Instead, we must hasten to what is good and wipe away the effect of that evil deed from our slate. We must cleanse our countenance of it and remove its pain from our souls. The believer knows that he has no power on his own to turn from sin to obedience, from heedlessness to awareness, and from weakness to strength, except by the grace of Almighty Allah.

“O’ Allah, by Your Grace and Generosity, turn us towards Him by Your Mercy, Forgive us, and do not leave us to our own devices. Aameen Thuma Aameen”


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