Even If Sins Reach the Clouds
In my daily contact messages I receive plenty of questions from many who find it difficult to cope with the weight of their sins present and past. There is not even one of us who cannot relate as we all sin and we all have to deal with feelings of guilt, depression and helplessness. This brief post is not to make light of and excuses for our sins but to try to understand a little more of the reasons of why we should not lose Hope. Our condition should always be between Fear and Hope. Just like the birds , one wing should be the wing of Hope and the other wing should be the wing of Fear. The problems start when we lose our wing of Hope. We are like an injured bird trying to gain height and falling over and over again.
Some of my questionnaires are in such great depths of despair that they find no pleasure in this life.
Distressed and wounded they wonder…
To find comfort and hope we must take ourselves back to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam).
We read in the Noble Qur’an:
“…and man was created weak “(سورة النساء , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #28)
Allah is our Creator. He (subhanahu wa ta’Ala) Knows us better than we know ourselves.
We are human, and we are weak. We are human and we are certainly Not Angels.
Angels don’t have free will, they DO precisely what they are Commanded, and they fulfill the duties entrusted to them
Humans have been given free will able to chose right from wrong (free will which is within the Will of Allah.)
Allah is Most merciful, The Oft Forgiving.
We have been given the manual of how to live our lives and attain the forgiveness and closeness of Allah.
We have been given the 5 Pillars of Islam, the ablution, fasting, charity and so many more other acts that will help us to obtain forgiveness and rewards.
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle(pbuh) said, “If any one of you improve (follows strictly) his Islamic religion then his good deeds will be rewarded ten times to seven hundred times for each good deed and a bad deed will be recorded as it is.” Bukhari (Book #2, Hadith #40)
This hadith always touches me deeply:
The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, says, ‘O son of Adam, as long as you call on Me, I shall forgive you of what you have done, and think nothing of it. O son of Adam, even if your sins were to reach up to the clouds in the sky, and then you were to ask for My forgiveness, I would forgive you and think nothing of it. O son of Adam, even if you were to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth, and then you were to meet Me after death, not worshipping anything besides Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as the earth.’” [Tirmidhi]
Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves it when people ask Him to forgive their sins. He is overjoyed with their repentance, since He hates to punish anybody. At the slightest excuse He washes people’s sins away. The only condition is that the human being must truly regret in his/her heart that they did what they did. The sinner should be ashamed of their misdeeds, and discontinue committing such sins. If the resolve to avoid the sin is not there then one has not actually repented.
In this hadith, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) tells us that no matter how many a person’s sins are, should they even reach the sky in heaps, Allah would forgive the sinner if they were to turn to Allah in repentance. In a different hadith, the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) told us that Allah’s bounty is so vast that He would actually convert all the sins into good deeds, should the person truly repent. We should not postpone repenting of our sins and reforming ourselves to when we become old, since nobody knows when they will die.
And another beautiful hadith
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them. Muslim (Book#037, Hadith #6622)
Allah does not wish us to sin but He Knows that we will and so He Opens for us the gates of repentance.
“Allah accepts the repentance of His servant as long as his soul has not reached the collar bone!”
We can make sincerely from the depths of our hearts the following dua:
‘O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sin except You.’