Day 2: No to despair

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Allah says in Surat al-Baqarah:

Then Adam received from his Lord [some] words, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” (Surat al-Baqarah, 2:37)


Imagine being Adam and Hawa (Eve), the first two people in the world. And imagine being the first two humans to make a mistake and disobey God. We know from the Qur’an that they felt terrible. It was their first mistake ever. What were they supposed to do now?

Allah teaches them how to turn back to Him. It is as if Allah is telling us that He does not want us to despair. Just like it is a characteristic of humans to make mistakes, it is an attribute of God that He accepts our turning back to Him. In fact, Allah loves so much that we go back to Him after a mistake that He Himself teaches us how.

This shows us that God does not want us to despair. There is always a way out. No mistake is too huge. And that was how the Prophet (pbuh) was with his companions. When they came to him worried that their mistakes were so big, he simply taught them the way back to God – without shaming, mocking or belittling.

And this is how we should be. Don’t ever shut people out. Don’t let people despair from the mercy of God. There is always a way back.



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