Race to forgiveness

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous [Qur’an, 3:133]
“Sari’oo” has been translated as hasten but I don’t think it captures its meaning fully. It’s more like ‘race to’ forgiveness from Allah. Allah is inviting us to come running to Him. No matter where we are, or how bad we feel we’ve been, just go running back to Allah. Remember that these are the last 10 nights of Ramadan. You are inshAllah MORE likely to be forgiven. Run to that bounty from God, don’t delay, don’t be shy. Just run to Him.
If you do, you are of the ‘mutaqeen’= the God-conscious.

The following verse then tells us more characteristics of the God-conscious:

Who spend [in the cause of Allah ] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good; [Qur’an, 3:134]
Give during ease and hardship. Restrain your anger. The worst thing you can do is act when you are angry. Finally, ff you want Allah to pardon you, then pardon other people.
Race to forgiveness!

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