Being a human, we all make mistakes and commit sins. But, what do we do after the realization that something wrong has been done? We turn towards Allah and ask for his forgiveness. As it has been mentioned in the Quran that,
But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance. (Surah Taha, verse 82)
Does Allah Accept Repentance?
When a person who has sinned turns to repentance from Almighty Allah, how would we ensure that repentance is sincere and accepted? Here are the signs Quran and hadiths quoted for sincere repentance.
1. Positive Change
Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that,
“When your good deeds make you happy and make you pleased and your bad actions make you sad and hurt you, then that is a sign of a believer”. (Sahih Muslim)
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2. Giving Up The Sin
If you have turned to repentance and also decided to not commit that sin again, be faith in Allah that your prayers have been accepted! As Allah says,
And when those come to you who believe in Our verses, say, “Peace be upon you. Your Lord has decreed upon Himself mercy: that any of you who does wrong out of ignorance and then repents after that and corrects himself – indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Ana’am, verse 54)
3. Feeling A Deep Regret For What He Has Done
Repentance is nothing but feeling guilty for your sins and mistakes. But do remember that Allah knows the best and repent when your heart really feels guilt.
“Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper” (Surah Nisa, verse 146)
4. You Will Feel Calm And Relaxed
According to Islamic scholars, if Allah accepts the taubah or repentance, the most evident sign of it is the heart of a person feel calm. This sincere repentance enables him to keep away from the sins in future. Allah says in Quran that,
“Ask forgiveness of your Lord, surely He is the most Forgiving. He will send down upon you the cloud, pouring down abundance of rain and help you with wealth and sons, and make for you gardens, and make for you rivers” (Surah Nuh, verse 10 – 12)
And Holy Prophet (PBUH) also said about it in a hadith that,
“Allah rejoices more over the repentance of His slave than anyone of you if he is on his camel in a desolate land, then it runs away from him and on it is his food and drink, and he despairs of finding it, so he goes to a tree and lies down in its shade, having despaired of finding his camel, then while he is like that, it suddenly appears in front of him and he takes hold of its reins and says, because of his intense joy, ‘O Allaah, I am your slave and you are my lord,’ making this mistake because of the intensity of his joy” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2747)
May Allah accept our prayers and forgive us!