Sinning Repeatedly and Asking Allah for His Forgiveness

Sometimes, we extremly feel guilty or blameworthy about the sin which we commit. Have we ever wondered what happens when we sin, then ask for Allah’s forgiveness but then commit the same sin again? Will try to understand it by this simple analogy that the medical aid, equipment or doctor help would be helpful to a patient as far as his breath are still going on, once his breath stops no aid or help can benefit him. Similarly, the door of forgiveness is open till our last beath. So we should never hesitate to ask for forgiveness for the sin we committed. Allah says “My Mercy Prevails Over My Wrath”.

The fact that there is no sin big enough which our Lord could not forgive. what a gift and what a blessing ! How can such a love be possible..! Forgiving again and again and never get tired. what a patience to pick us up again and again when we fall. it is as if our Lord look only on his mercifullness as if even His justice also depent of His love.
because he wants to forgive our sins. Well, we can’t imagine the happiness of criminal who comes to know that he will go scot-free after a plea. Just like when we sinner realise that Allah will forgive our sins, how we are overjoyed and it fills our lives with optimism as well as with more humble attitude towards our creator.

Should we still ask for Allah’s forgiveness again? Does Allah forgive a person who sins repeatedly and asks Allah for forgiveness? Cosnsider this Hadith Qudsi from the Prophet Muhammad pbuh where he said that Allah states :

“My slave commits sin, then he says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’

Then Allah says, ‘My slave has committed a sin, but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So I forgive My slave.’

Then he commits sin again, and says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’

Then Allah says, ‘My slave has committed a sin, but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So I forgive My slave.’

Then he commits sin again, and says, ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin.’

Then Allah says, ‘My slave has committed a sin, but he knows that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes away sin. So I forgive My slave.’ …” (Source: Bukhari/ Muslim)

‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez said in his sermon once: “O people, whoever commits sin, let him seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent. If he does it again, let him seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent, and if he does it again, let him seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent. For it is sin which hangs around a person’s neck, and doom comes from persisting in sin.”

We should remember that we should not wait to ask for Allah’s forgiveness whenever we sin. Asking for Allah’s forgiveness sincerely is much better than not asking for it even though we have been persistent in those sins. It was said to al-Hasan: “Shouldn’t one of us feel too shy to ask his Lord to forgive his sin, then do it again, then ask for forgiveness, then do it again? He said: The Shaytaan wishes that we would have this attitude, so do not tire of asking for forgiveness.

As we humans aren’t and can’t be perfect. As we are bound to sin as Allah has created us that way. He knows our weakness and strength, He doesn’t want perfection from us but that we strive for being good. We have to trust in Him and His forgiveness and should try to do whatever is in the best of our capacities and turn to Him in repentance for whenever we commit sin or fall short, since our creator is ready to forgive our sin so we shouldn’t delay it. Sooner or later, those of us who sin repeatedly and ask Allah for His forgiveness will feel sinful of our behaviors and InshaAllah will cease permanently in committing those sins.

May Allah forgive our sin and purify us

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