Tawba and reflection

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:

And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. [Qur’an, 7:10-12]
That is how precious returning to God and seeking forgiveness are. It means you are always moving towards something better. And for that God will give you amazing things, because you have not given up on yourself and more importantly you have not given up on Him. You are humble because you do not seek to justify the wrongs that you do.
Finally, the Prophet (pbuh) tells us:
مَنْ لَزِمَ الِاسْتِغْفَارَ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ مِنْ كُلِّ ضِيقٍ مَخْرَجًا ، وَمِنْ كُلِّ هَمٍّ فَرَجًا ، وَرَزَقَهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ
If anyone continually asks forgiveness, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide for him from where he did not reckon. (Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Ibn Majah)
May Allah make us of those who always return!

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