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Book Nineteen: The Book of Forgiveness
Chapter 371
رﺎﻔﻐﺘﺳﻻا بﺎﺑ
Seeking Forgiveness
Allah, the Exalted, says:
And ask forgiveness for your sin...
'' (47:19)
And seek the forgiveness of Allah. Certainly, Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
'' (4:106)
And declare the freedom of your Rubb from imperfection beginning with His praise, and ask His
forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives.
'' (110:3)
For Al-Muttaqun (the pious) there are Gardens (Jannah) with their Rubb, underneath which rivers flow.
Therein (is their) eternal (home) and Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives). And Allah will be
pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves. Those who say: `Our Rubb! We have indeed
believed, so forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire. (They are) those who are patient,
those who are true (in Faith, words, and deeds), and obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah.
Those who spend (give the Zakat and alms in the way of Allah) and those who pray and beg Allah's Pardon in
the last hours of the night.
'' (3:15-17)
And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah's forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-
Forgiving, Most Merciful.
'' (4:110)
And Allah would not punish them while you (Muhammad (PBUH)) are amongst them, nor will He punish
them while they seek (Allah's) forgiveness.
'' (8:33)
And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse) or wronged themselves with
evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; - and none can forgive sins but Allah - and do not
persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know
.'' (3:135)
The Qur'anic Ayat on the subject are many and well-known
َلﺎَﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر ﱠنَأ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿر ﱢﻲﻧَﺰُﻤﻟا ﱢﺮَﻏَﻷا ﻦﻋَو
ﻲﺒْﻠَﻗ ﻰﻠﻋ ُنﺎَﻐُﻴَﻟ ُﻪﱠﻧِإ
ٍةﱠﺮﻣ َﺔَﺌِﻣ ِمْﻮﻴْﻟا ﻲﻓ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُﺮِﻔْﻐﺘْﺳَﻷ ﻲﻧِإَو ،
ﻢِﻠﺴُﻣ ُﻩاور
Al-Agharr Al-Muzani (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
Sometimes I perceive a veil over my heart, and I supplicate Allah for forgiveness a hundred times in a day
Ghain and Ghaim are two synonyms. They signify the spreading of the clouds. It refers in this
Hadith to the fact that the Prophet (PBUH) was reciting the Names of Allah and remembering Him all the time. But
sometimes due to being too busy in the affairs of the public or due to human needs, there was a pause in this eternal
remembrance. Although such a pause was only momentary, this momentary pause was very much disliked by him;
and considering it a slackness on his part, he prayed for forgiveness from Allah. In this there is an important lesson
for us.
In spite of our many sins and negligence on our part, we do not turn to Allah and seek forgiveness; while, although
our Prophet (PBUH) had all his past and future sins forgiven by Allah, he sought forgiveness very often.
ْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿر ةﺮْﻳﺮُه ﻲﺑَأ ْﻦﻋو
لﺎَﻗ ُﻪ :
ُلﻮُﻘﻳ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر ُﺖْﻌِﻤﺳ
ﻲﱢﻧِإ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟاو
ًةﱠﺮَﻣ َﻦﻴِﻌْﺒﺳ ْﻦِﻣ َﺮَﺜْآَأ ِمْﻮَﻴْﻟا ﻲﻓ ِﻪْﻴَﻟِإ ُبﻮُﺗَأو ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُﺮِﻔْﻐَﺘْﺳَﻷ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, "
I swear
by Allah that I seek Allah's Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day
لﺎَﻗ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿَر ُﻪْﻨﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳر لﺎَﻗ
» ﱠﻟاو
، اﻮُﺒِﻧْﺬُﺗ ْﻢَﻟ ْﻮَﻟ ِﻩِﺪﻴِﺑ ﻲِﺴْﻔَﻧ يﺬ
ْﻢﻬﻟ ُﺮِﻔْﻐﻴَﻓ ﻰﻟﺎﻌَﺗ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َنوُﺮِﻔْﻐَﺘْﺴَﻴَﻓ َنﻮُﺒِﻧْﺬُﻳ ٍمْﻮَﻘﺑ َءﺎﺠﻟو ، ْﻢُﻜِﺑ ﻰﻟﺎَﻌَﺗ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﺐَهَﺬَﻟ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور