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Repentance and Forgiveness in Islam


The religion Islam has been incorporated towards Muslim Ummah in the easiest and most complicated manner that it has fewer boundaries and more ease for mankind. Islam does not restrict Muslims to sins and evil deeds. There have been numerous instances in the Holy Quran where Allah SWT has conveyed the message to seek repentance and forgiveness. The in-depth learning of the holy Quran or tutoring of the Holy Quran will guide you towards the path of forgiveness.

Allah SWT says, “And O believers, all of you, repent to Allah in order that you may be successful.” [Al-Qur’an 24:31]. This verse stresses the importance and significance of repentance in the eyes of Allah SWT to attain success in both worlds.


Repentance in Islam may be a blessing to the people because it allows a person to urge eliminate all the bad and evil he ever did. A Muslim’s faith also comes weak and he may be overwhelmed by his desires. The Shaytaan may make sin attractive to him, so he wrongs himself and falls into that which Allah has forbidden. But Allah is Kind to His slaves, and His mercy encompasses all things. Whoever repents after doing wrong, Allah will accept his repentance, for Allah is forgiving and merciful. It has been stated in the Holy Quran that: “But whosoever repents after his crime and does righteous good deeds (by obeying Allah), then verily, Allah will pardon him (accept his repentance). Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Maa’idah 5:39]


Allah SWT has been the kindest and the most merciful. He has taught the message of forgiveness to mankind by the Quran and the sunnah of Prophet SAW, whose life is a symbol of forgiveness and mercy towards mankind. He loves the repentance of His slaves. Man is weak. If someone sins then he has got to repent and seek forgiveness whenever Allah is forgiving and merciful, and He’s the One who says: “And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterward seeks Allaah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Nisaa’ 4:110]. The Muslim is liable to make mistakes and sins so he needs to repent and seek forgiveness repeatedly. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: By Allaah, I seek the forgiveness of Allah and I turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times each day.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 6307) 

Conditions of Repentance and Forgiveness

Guilt and Regret over the sin: Only those individuals should invite repentance from ALLAH who feel a way of humbleness and regret after committing the sin. That’s the true sign of a believer whose heart isn’t sealed.

Resolution to never commit the sin again: Once a believer has instilled in his heart to never repeat the sin, only then should he offer repentance.

One can repent for all the bad deeds and seek forgiveness by self-learning and exploring the mercy of Allah SWT. Learn Quran online, memorize the teachings, find yourself the best Quran tutors and strive to become a better Muslim.

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