بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A Muslim is a person who should constantly be improving. The Prophet (pbuh) told us that no two days in the life of a Muslim should be the same; we should be evolving. How? We are always encouraged to return to God (tawba). If we have done something wrong, if we are far, we are encouraged to return. And that act of returning requires reflection on one’s state. The person who returns to God the most is likely the person who is always seeking to better himself. I’ve seen people fighting with each and holding grudges, and my thought is immediately that if they just took a step back and reflected, they would see that they each have done something wrong. If they can apologize for it and talk about it, most of their problems would be solved.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness.” [Qur’an, 8:33] Why? A person who seeks forgiveness is constantly looking at himself, internally and externally, and then recognizing his wrongs. He is a hopeful person as well, because you would not seek forgiveness if you did not believe in God’s Mercy.
Finally, the ultimate ayas in the Qur’an that tell us about seeking forgiveness are the verses in Surat Noah: