Taubah Benefits

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful 

Tau’bah (Seeking Forgiveness)

 

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), the all-Merciful and all-Forgiving, declares in the Holy Qur’an:

“Say: O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an 39: 53]

 

It is the nature of mankind to be forgetful and to commit sins.  However, Allah has given us the ability to rectify ourselves by turning to Him and begging for His forgiveness. Our mountains of evil deeds are nothing before the vast ocean of the mercy of Allah.

 

Abu Dhar RadiyAllahu `anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam in a Hadith Qudsi (a hadith in which the Blessed Prophet s quotes Allah) said: “Indeed Allah the Almighty and Majestic says:

 

O My slave! Verily, as long as you worship Me and have hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done;  O My slave! If you meet Me with an earthful of sins, but do not associate any partner with Me, I would grant you a forgiveness as great as the whole world.” (Musnad Ahmad)

Committing sins may make you sorrowful, depressed and deeply disappointed with yourself.  But if you return to Allah with a few tears and beseech Him for mercy, He will certainly forgive you.  There is no other door to knock to solve our issues.  None can forgive sins except Him.  He calls us to the abode of peace (Paradise); He is the Almighty who hides our faults and He alone can replace our bad deeds with good deeds. 

The door of repentance is always open for a person until he dies or until the sun rises from the west, whichever comes first.  When something is a necessity Allah provides it in abundance like air and water.  Since we are always sinful and negligent of Allah and Satan and the self are always inciting us towards evil, therefore tau’bah is provided in abundance so we can turn back to Allah.

Allah has created a solution to every sickness even if it may be the poison of a snake.  Satan and sins are a major sickness and the cure for it is in tau’bah and istighfar, crying in front of Allah with deep regret in the heart.

 Whenever our tau’bah breaks we should make tau’bah again.  Some people despair and think they are sinners and will go to Hellfire.  Tau’bah is so powerful that it can take a person from the lowest levels of Hellfire and raise him to the highest levels of Paradise.

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), the Lord of Mercy, puts mercy in the hearts of every mother in the world by which they love and care for their children. We make mistakes but Allah overlooks our faults.  Our worship and good deeds are not perfect but Allah accepts them and multiplies the reward.

Do not fall into minor sins.  Minor sins leads to major sins the way a spark may start a fire and burn down a house.  A believer should run away from sin as one runs away from a snake.  Even a minor sin makes a true believer restless as if a mountain is above his head and is about to fall on him and crush him.

Make a U-turn in life, wash off your slate of deeds – eliminate the bad deeds and protect your good deeds.

Method of making Tau’bah:

One should make sincere tau’bah to Allah for one's sins.  The requisites of tau’bah are the following: 
1. To immediately abstain from the sin.
2. To regret and wish one had never indulged in the sin.
3. To resolve to never commit the sin again.

4. If one have violated the rights of another person it is necessary to seek forgiveness from that person.

After making sincere tau’bah be confident in the acceptance of your tau’bah. Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala) is all-Merciful and all-Forgiving. He is always ready to accept the repentance of His sinful slaves.  Allah says in Surah Al-e-Imran:

“And those who, when they have committed Fahishah 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.” [Al-Qur’an 3:135]

After repenting, one should try to live according to the will of Allah u i.e. the Qur’an and Sunnah.  This will bring the utmost peace and tranquility into one’s life. 

 

Benefits of Tau’bah:

 

The Qur’an describes the story of Prophet Nuh (AS),

"I said (to them): Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;   He will send rain to you in abundance; And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers. " [Surah Nooh ,chapter 71:10-12]

One who makes Tau’bah reestablishes his relationship with the Creator of the heavens and earth. 

Misconceptions when committing a sin:

1.  The person thinks that no one is watching

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), the all-Knower and all-Hearer says in the Qur’an:

Verily, your Lord is Ever Watchful” [89:14]

2.  The person thinks that no one is near him.

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), says in the Qur’an:

“Have you not seen that Allah knows whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is on the earth? There is no secret counsel of three, but He is their fourth (with His Knowledge), nor of five but He is their sixth (with His Knowledge), not of less than that or more, but He is with them (with His Knowledge) wheresoever they may be; and afterwards on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Verily, Allah is the All-Knower of everything. “[58:7]

3.  The person thinks that no one can find his action or intent.

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), says in the Qur’an:

Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal.”[40:19]

4.       The person thinks that no one can catch him or punish him.

Allah (Subhanahu WaTaala), says in the Qur’an:

 “So on that Day, none will punish as He will punish. “[89:25]

“…Verily, His Seizure is painful, and severe.” [11:102]

 

Prayer for Taubah (from any act of disobedience and sins): The method is described at  http://islameasy.org/images/Treasures-Large/47.htm and the next page.

Salat-ul Hajat.   The method is described at http://islameasy.org/dua-hajat  (Ask Allah to ease your difficulty and purify the heart so that you may focus on doing good deeds.)

Increase time for Du’a, especially if you could wake up during the last part of night.  Here is a startup script and examples of Dua:

       Dua from the Heart http://islameasy.org/pdf/Duae_Walihana.pdf

       Munajaat-e-Maqbool             http://islameasy.org/Dua_MM_2

Steadfastness on Tau’bah:

Environment of pious people:

 Find a pious Shaykh near your area and contact him periodically with intention to acquire the love of Allah Almighty.   Listen to lectures and read books about how to live as a true Muslim and books on the virtues of repentance, respect and honor of a believer.

 Read books of virtues like Muntakhab Ahadith for 5-10 minutes every evening with your family.

 Muntakhab Ahadith

 http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Belief_Hereafter.pdf

 Try to attend gatherings for taleem (reading sessions) in your area.  Your masjid Imam and community may help you find such programs.

 Purify Environment in Home:

Make an effort to remove any bad literature, TV, pictures and movies from your home.  Bad literature only incites toward immodesty andtroubles and complications in this world and the Hereafter.

May Allah protect our Deen and Dunya and grant us piety and patience!  


Suggested Readings:
 

Prayer and Du’a - Strong connection with Allah  http://islameasy.org/

 

Cure for depression  http://islameasy.org/pdf/Cure_Depression.pdf


Easy Road to Paradise - Golden deeds that lead to success

extracted from a booklet in Urdu  ‘Jannat ka Asan Rasta” by Shaykh Mufti Mohammad Rafi Uthmanihttp://islameasy.org/easy-road-paradise 
"an easy prescription for rectification of the heart. This prescription is very brief but it is very swift in its effect. It consists of four a’mal (good deeds) that are the life of the Islamic Shari’ah and Tariqah, and they are so easy to do that you do not have to spend your life, wealth, or time to do them. If a person makes it a habit of doing them, a special connection with Allah is created whose effect one begins to feel in one’s life. The heart becomes willing to accept rectification and then gradually a state is reached when even if the person wants to commit sin, he is unable to do so.."

 

Tawba and Istaghfaar – Repentance and seeking forgiveness, by Shaykh Ahmed Abdul Mujeeb Qasmi (translated by Muhammad Owais Jafrey)

http://islameasy.org/repentance--seeking-forgiveness

 

http://islameasy.org/repentance

 

Note: 

SWT =  Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala

SAW =  Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam

RA =     Radhiyallaho anhu

RAnha= Radhiyallaho anha

The scholarly reader is encouraged to refer to the original Arabic script for the Ayat of Qur'an and Ahadith.