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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.”


after repenting from sins

Source: Sayd ul-Khaatir; Chapter 249, p. 343
Asaheeha Translations 

“I worship (Allaah) by making du’aa, and I am certain that the answer will come”

Shaykh Ibn aj-Jawzee (rahimahullaah) says:

“If you fall into a hardship that is hard to be free from, you can’t (do anything) but make du’aa and take refuge in Allaah, after repenting from sins, because sins necessitate punishment, so if they disappear by repentance from them, the reason (for punishment) is lifted. So if you repented and made du’aa, and did not see any trace of response, then look into your affair. Maybe the repentence was not sound, so correct it then make du’aa and don’t become tired of making du’aa. Maybe the good is in delaying the response, and maybe the good is not in responding, so you will be rewarded and responded by being referred to what benefits you, and it would be beneficial for you to not be given what you requested, but rather to be given other than it as a replacement.

So if iblees comes and says: ‘How much did you call upon Him and did not see any response?’ Then say: ‘I worship (Allaah) by making du’aa, and I am certain that the answer will come. But maybe its delay is due to some good, and even if it doesn’t happen, worship and humility takes place.’ So take care not to ask for something except by combining it with asking for that which is good, because the occurance of many a wish from the dunyaa was a cause for destruction.”

the result of seeking forgiveness and repentance

Source: Tafseer as-Sa’dee

“And (commanding you): Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace”
~ Surah Hood, 11:3

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee (rahimahullaah) comments:

“{And (commanding you): Seek the forgiveness of your Lord} from the sins that came from you, {and turn to Him in repentance} in the lifetime that you are facing, by returning to Him with repentance, and by refraining from that which Allaah hates and turning to that which He loves and is pleased with. Then He mentions what will result from seeking forgiveness and repentance, so He says: {that He may grant you good enjoyment} meaning: He will give you from His provision that which you will enjoy and benefit from, {for a term appointed} meaning: until the time of your death; {and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace}, meaning: He will grant the people who do good and are righteous from His Grace – as a reward for their doing good – the occurrence of what they love and removal of what they hate.”


asaheeha translations

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