Sunday, December 25, 2016

Seek Forgiveness and Do Not Despair

"O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it."

In this Qudsi Hadeeth (sacred narration), Allah The Almighty gives hope to humanity more than in any other narration. It displays the quality and attribute of the mercy of Allah The Almighty. Indeed, He is Ar-Rahman, the Most Compassionate, and Ar-Raheem, the Most Merciful. In this Hadeeth Qudsi, Allah The Almighty tells man of the greatness of His forgiveness and mercy so that no one would despair due to the amount of sins he may have committed.

This is supported by the following verse of the Holy Quran:

{Say: O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls, despair not of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.} [Quran, 39:5]

This Hadeeth teaches us the importance of realizing the mercy of Allah The Almighty, having faith and hope in Him especially when making supplications, calling to Allah The Almighty alone for forgiveness, and the importance of repentance in the life and faith of a believer.

Allah The Almighty catches the attention of humankind by calling out: O son of Adam! This is a call to every human being. Why didn't Allah The Almighty say, 'O humankind or O people'?

The significance of this specific call is because it was the first human being, Aadam, may Allah exalt his mention, who committed the first sin. Aadam, may Allah exalt his mention, was an example to all humans of the consequences of sin and how to turn to Allah The Almighty for forgiveness of one's sins. This gives hope that even after committing a violation, one's sins can be forgiven if one repents to Allah The Almighty sincerely the same way that the father of humankind sinned, repented, and was forgiven by Allah The Almighty.

Allah The Almighty calls out to His servants, a call of forgiveness, mercy, and compassion, for He knows that man was created weak and is prone to fall into sin. After calling out to humankind, Allah The Almighty informs them that as long as they call on Him and put their hope in Him, He will forgive them and not mind. This statement alone can convince one to have hope and never to despair. When one calls out to Allah The Almighty or supplicates to Him, he is displaying his need and dependence of Allah The Almighty. He is demonstrating his weakness to the fact that he has no power to do anything for himself. This is the essence of submission and servitude. It is also recognition of Allah's attributes of kindness, generosity, forgiving and merciful nature, and His unlimited power and knowledge. Humans are never in a situation where they are not in need of Allah The Almighty. A believer always turns to Him to ask for guidance as well as to seek forgiveness of sins and shortcomings.

One of the most important conditions of supplication is that one must completely trust that Allah The Almighty will respond. One must also supplicate with sincerity, hope, and seriousness.

One must not have any doubt at all on whether Allah The Almighty will respond to ones call or if He will accept the supplication. The Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu alaiyhi wa sallam, asked us to supplicate to Allah The Almighty while being certain of a response. We must also know that Allah The Almighty does not respond to a supplication from a heart that is heedless and inattentive. The Prophet, sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam, also forbade that one say: O Allah, forgive me if You will. Instead, he asked us to supplicate with will and conviction, for there is nothing so great to Allah that He cannot grant it.


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