Thursday, July 10, 2008

On Repentance (TA 11/5/08)

Tajul ‘Arus 11th May 2008

O servants of Allah, make repentance (taubah) every moment of the day. Allah has said speficically to you in the Qur’an:

وَ تُوبُو إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا المُؤْمِنُون لَعَلَّكُم تُفلِحُون

Repent all together to Allah O believers so that (later) you will succeed.

And He also said:

إِنَّ اْللَّهَ يُحِبُّ اْلتَّوَّابِينَ وَيُحِبُّ اْلمُتَطَهِّرِينَ

Verily Allah loves those who repent a lot and those who clean themselves.

Rasulullah (saw) has said:

إني ليغان على قلبي وإني لأستغفر الله في اليوم سبعين مرة
Really my heart has been sealed (with nur - light), and know that I plea
forgiveness to Allah 70 times in a day.

Rasulullah's (saw) heart has been sealed with nur, and he is free from sin. Still he repented seventy times a day. Compare that to our heart, which is plagued and rusted with vice and sin. Is it not compulsory that we hasten to repent and ask forgiveness from Allah?

Ustaz Zakaria added:
  • Repentance is the key to success.
  • The most accepted time for wirid and repentance is right after solah.
  • We better be clean outside (zahir) and inside (batin) so that we become close to Allah. The filth outside can be washed with water, but the impurities inside we clean with knowledge, self-denial (mujahadah) and rememberance of Allah (muraqobah).
  • Major sins are naturally more difficult to repent.
  • If you sin against other person, your repentance to Allah should be accompanied with obtaining forgiveness from that person.
  • Paksu Lah (rh) - who used to lead zikir in Pondok Amir under guidance of Ustaz Zakaria - he never slept much. Why, he had to recite 'Istighfar Kabir' 70 times a day, as directed by Tok Haji Awang Kolam/Padang.
Wallahu a'lam

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