From Rasulullah ﷺ: The Beauty of Tawbah

by 6 October 202120 comments

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

If we really knew the merits of repentance, we would not stop practicing it. It is one of the most beloved acts of Allah. Indeed, our Creator does not ask us for perfection. He knows better than we do that we are not angels and that we sometimes make mistakes. We should of course try not to succumb to temptation and purify our hearts from evil tendencies.

But despite our efforts and our spiritual journey, we will stumble from time to time. Allah, exalted be He, knows this and never imposes the impossible on us. He asks us to return to Him when this happens.

In a hadith reported by Muslim, according to Abu Hurayra, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, said:

“By Him who holds my soul in His hand, if you did not sin, Allah would get rid of you, and He would bring people who sin, so that they would ask Him for forgiveness and He would forgive them.” [Muslim]

Allah is the Forgiver, He loves to forgive, and sin can be a blessing in disguise if it leads to sincere repentance. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, expressed this love of the Almighty for the one who repents in very strong terms:

According to ‘Abdullah ibn Mass’ûd, may Allah be pleased with him, the Prophet ﷺ said,

“Allah’s joy for the believer’s repentance is more intense than that of a man who finds himself in a desert land with his mount loaded with his food and drink. This man has fallen asleep and when he wakes up, he finds that his mount has escaped. He calls to it until he feels thirsty. He then returns to his place and falls asleep waiting for death. Then he wakes up and sees his mount with its provisions returned to him. Allah’s joy at the believer’s repentance is greater than that of the man who has found his mount and his provisions.” [Muslim]

What joy a man in this situation must feel! A man who thought he would die of thirst in a short time!

It is therefore fundamental to repent every time we disobey, without ever despairing of Divine Mercy. If Allah accepts this return, then it is as if the sin had never been committed. The Prophet ﷺ said,

“He who repents of a sin is like one who has not committed it.” [Ibn Majah]

It may be that at the time of repentance, our enemy, Shaytan, will come up with excuses to dissuade us from seeking Allah’s forgiveness. We are about to do what he hates the most.

We are about to do what he hates the most, and all sorts of wrong ideas come to mind, such as:

“It’s no use, you’ve already repented of this sin and you’ve done it again!”

“You know you will do it again, don’t be a hypocrite!”

These ideas are to be rejected, they only hide what Shaytan really wants to tell us: “Stay in evil with me! Stay in my way and do not return to your Creator!”

Among the pillars of repentance, there is the fact of having the intention not to do it again, which does not mean the certainty of succeeding. It is a sincere intention that is required. Even if we were to fall into the same sin later, we would have to repent sincerely again. In this way, little by little, we purify our hearts of the disease that causes us to commit this wrongdoing and will eventually not return to it in shaa Allah.

About The Author

Ustaz Vincent Souleymane

Ustaz Vincent Souleymane, a French imam and shariah advisor at Muslim Pro, has devoted his time to study and enrich others with the knowledge of Islamic sciences ever since he converted to the religion in 1999. During his studies at the Oussoul Eddine Institute in Saint-Denis, he became aware of the importance of devotion to Allah and decided to continue his religious studies at the Daroul Ouloum Achrafiya of the Island La Réunion and at the IESH of Château Chinon. Since then, Ustaz Vincent Souleymane has devoted himself to the Almighty by teaching Islam at the Oussoul Eddine Institute, as well as being an imam at the Fontenay sous Bois Mosque.


  1. Khaililah Z. Brantley

    Naam I did I love it Masha’allaah

    • Hassan

      I was not able to see the Due even with my glasses on?

    • Muhmina Amatullah

      Na’am I did love it. Alhamdulillah

    • Basir

      Blessed be Allah thank you

    • Michael Scantling

      Ameen I enjoyed this post it says allah will take you back where you remember him the most

    • Sis Qadria

      What a Blessed relief from the burden of guilt and security knowledge that the Most High, Knower of all things is waiting to forgive you, Beneficent, Mercy and thankfulness

  2. Mariam

    Ma sha Allah very good reminder

    • Muhammad

      Interesting jazakhallah akhera

  3. Rashida Ahmed

    May Allah Taallahu reward you beyond measures

  4. Abdulwali Furqan

    Salaamu Alaykum It was very enlightening

  5. Naqibullah Noori

    Thank you very much for sharing daily Hadith as reminders, it would be helpful if you could please include Arabic text of the Hadith. Thank you

    • Asinath salum

      Assalam allahkum waramatullah wabarakatul

  6. Muhammad Alhaji Ndaliman

    Ma sha Allah.


    Ma sha Allah. May Allah forgive us all

  8. Bardyl Polozani

    Subhaan Allah , we should should all feel inclined to teach the message and spread the knowledge as this brother has , may Allah ta’ala accept all of your efforts to spread the knowledge brother … As Salaamu Alaikum Akhi … Amin

  9. Curniawati Trisari

    Agree with Naqibullah Boori…Arabic text to be included

  10. Nuzhat T Qureshi

    Maa sha Allah, very enriching, very well described, encouraging and providing hope in Allah SWT’s mercy and forgiveness and love for His creation..! JAK.!
    I’ll also appreciate if the hadith is also quoted in arabic as well.!

  11. Abdul Karim

    Ma She Allah. may Allah help us all

  12. Sharifah naj

    Great facts and very true, hv made me so clam, thank you

  13. Awuge Yahaya

    Ma sha Allah. Blesses of Allah be with the architects of this stage and all the inspiring information that we get and learn from. Alhamdu lilLah; and May Allah, Almighty, help the teachers and the learners to achieve their goals; Amin ya Rabb.


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