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Benefit: Do Not Put People Down When They are Already Regretful of Their Sins!

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson discusses the Prophet’s (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhī wa-sallam) good character when dealing with individuals who approached him regretful and ashamed of their sins, not scolding them nor rebuking them for things that they were already repenting for.


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Benefit: Keep it Real and Avoid Fake Public Tawbah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

  Ustādh Mūsá Richardson reflects upon the trend today of generalised "public tawbah" whereby a person uses vague speech such as "if I have offended anyone" or "if i've ever transgressed against anyone" to announce his supposed correction to the world. An encouragement is made to follow the legislated means of seeking forgiveness, and guidelines are given towards truly righting wrongs. 


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Benefit: Regarding Someone Who Knowingly Committed an Act That Nullified His Islām in Private

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

QUESTION: Regarding someone who knowingly committed an act that nullified his Islām in private, does he consider himself to have left the religion, and that he needs to utter the testimony of faith again (i.e. retake his shahādah)?  And what about the prayers and fasting that he missed up until he retook his shahādah - does he make them up or not? 

ANSWER: (by Shaykh Muḥammad ʿUmar Bāzmūl, Professor of Higher Studies at Umm al-Qurá University in Makkah):

بسم الله 
الذي وقع في ناقض مع القدرة وعدم المانع فإنه يكفر، وعليه أن يجدد إسلامه والعبادات التي مرت عليه أثناء ذلك لا يلزمه القضاء فيها، والله اعلم.
أخوكم محمد بازمول
 

In the Name of Allāh
 
Anyone who fell into an act of apostasy, willingly and without excuse, has left Islām.  He must renew his Islām (by uttering the shahādah).  The acts of worship he missed up until this time do not have to be made up, and Allāh knows best.
 
Your brother,
Muḥammad Bāzmūl
 
Source: Written correspondence dated: August 12, 2008

Benefit: Returning Money from a Debt or Theft Is a Condition for Tawbah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Or if you denied the right of a person; for example if you owe a person a debt and you denied it, then you repented, it is a must that you go to the person you owe the debt to but denying owing it to, and affirm and acknowledge it with him, until he takes his right. If he has died then you give it to his heirs. And if you do not know them, or if the person is absent and you do not know his whereabouts then give charity with the money to free yourself from it. Allāh the Glorified and Exalted knows him and He will give it to him. 

   أما إذا كان الذنب بينك وبين الخلق، فإن كان مالاً فلابد أن تؤديه إلى صاحبه، ولا تقبل التوبة إلا بأدائه مثل أن تكون قد سرقت مالاً من شخص وتبت من هذا، فلابد أن توصل المسروق إلى المسروق منه. 
        
أو جحدت حقاً لشخص؛ كأن يكون في ذمتك دين لإنسان وأنكرته، ثم تبت ، فلابد أن تذهب إلى صاحب الدين الذي أنكرته، وتقرَّ عنده وتعترف حتى يأخذ حقه. فإن كان قد مات، فإنك تعطيه ورثته، فإن لم تعرفهم، أو غاب عنك هذا الرجل ولم تعرف له مكاناً، فتصدق به عنه تخلصاً منه، والله- سبحانه وتعالى- يعلمه ويعطيه إياه.  

[1] Taken from “The Book of Repentance” from the explanation of Rīyaḍus-al-Ṣāliḥīn explained by Shaykh Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn  http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_18011.shtml

Translated by Rashīd Barbee

Benefits From the Stories of Those Who Repented

  Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhdar

Four Benefits are mentioned from the aforementioned ḥadīth with a variety of knowledge-filled explanations of the salaf: 1. Feeling remorseful for one’s sins 2. Asking the people of knowledge when seeking guidance towards repentance 3. Allāh forgives the greatest of sins with sincere repentance 4. The encouragement of the repenting one to flee from the places he used to fall into sin, and from those who used to encourage him upon it

In Pursuit of Happiness

  Hasan al-Ṣumālī

A khuṭbah (sermon) delivered on a topic that has spawned countless books, philosophies, groups, fraternaties, organisations and movements - yet whether rich or poor, famous or not, the path to happiness is available to all, if we only look for it properly!

Sincere Tawbah

  Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad  ͑Alī

Our noble brother, may Allāh have mercy upon him, outlines the importance of seeking repentence for one's sins, and the conditions that must be met in order for its acceptance by Allāh.

Tawbah

  Amjad Rafīq

How many of us need to start regretting our evils deeds and turn back in repentance to our Lord, the Most High?

The Keys to Life of the Heart

  Ibrāhīm al-Hāzimī

A superb introduction by the compiler of Amrād al-Qulūb of Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah. A straight-forward guide showing the Muslim how to keep his/her heart pure for the sake of Allāh.