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the third step: examining oneself followed by tawbah and istighfaar

Source: Muhaadharaat; Shaykh Raslaan’s website
Asaheeha Translations 

“How does a Muslim deal with trials?”

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“The third step is that a person examines himself, (asking) why was he afflicted? Why was he afflicted? There must be some fault.

So if a Muslim is put to trial with adversity, it is upon him to reflect on his life in the present and the past, and to also look at his intention for the future: what will he do in the time to come? And he should examine, and know – as Allaah, jallat qudratuh said – that {whatever of good reaches you, is from Allah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself}. So he should hasten to search for his faults because his being ignorant of himself is one of his greatest sins and his being ignorant of his sins is the greatest sin. A believer has a self-reproaching soul. It reproaches with regard to evil (and says) ‘why did you do that?’ and it reproaches with regard to good (and says) ‘why don’t you do much of it?’ So it reproaches in the case of both sinning and obedience.

Following from that, he should immediately resort to sincere repentance, purifying himself from sins and seeking much forgiveness (of Allaah). Repentence makes the repenter one of those whom Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, loves: {Truly, Allaah loves those who turn to Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves}. And seeking forgiveness – as clarified to us by the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving – has a great effect in bringing provision and repelling trials. He, ta’aala, said: {“I said: ‘Ask forgiveness of 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'”}. Seeking forgiveness is also the most spacious door to the Mercy of Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala: {‘Why do you not seek forgiveness of Allaah that you may receive mercy?’}. It is also one of the things that takes away the punishment of Allaah; isn’t He, subhaanah, the One who said: {Allaah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness}? So if one seeks forgiveness, the punishment is lifted; and if seeking forgiveness is present, the punishment does not descend: {Allaah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness}.

Seeking forgiveness is also one of the means of bringing good enjoyment, especially when one combines it with repenting. Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, said: {And (commanding you): ‘Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, that He may grant you a good provision to enjoy for an appointed term and bestow His Grace to every doer of favor’}. And He said: {Hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the muttaqoon (the pious), who spend (in the cause of Allaah) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger and who pardon the people – and Allaah loves the good-doers. And those who, when they have committed sins or wronged themselves, remember Allaah and ask forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allaah? – and (those who) do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. For those, their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and Gardens beneath which rivers flow (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is the reward for the (righetous) doers}. Look at what Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, has made the consequence of seeking forgiveness and repenting.”


One response »

  1. Dr. Khamisi Ibrahim Zephania

    Good article, a muslim comes close to ALLAH through istighfaar and tawbar.


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