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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Regret Necessary

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Sincere regret on sins is repentance.” [Minhaj ul Abideen by Imam Ghazzali]

The correcting of wrongs begins with the recognition that one has committed a wrong. Thus, in order for repentance to be valid, it must involve sincere regret for the deed done. If this is felt then only will the person try to make it up to the person whom one wronged. And only if regret is felt will the person try hard not to commit the offensive deed again.

If regret is not felt and repentance is not offered then a person will not be able to devote himself to worship. If he is compelled to worship he does it with difficulty and hesitation. Such worship neither contains sweetness, nor freedom from sins. Thus the first need for repentance is to save oneself from being deprived of the virtue of worship.

A second reason for repentance is that by virtue of repentance, worship and obedience find access to the Divine Court of Allah. A creditor does not accept from his debtor presents and gifts, because the creditor desires repayment of the amount due by the debtor. In the same way, if a person presents to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) the gift of worship without repentance – which is a right due to Allah – the gift of worship will not be accepted by Him.

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