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His Hands Are Stretched And The Angel Waits…

By Amatullah.

beautiful-infrared-photographyHis Hands are stretched and the angel waits …for you to repent! Turn back to At-Tawwaab: the One who consistently accepts repentance AND doesn’t tire of accepting it AND accepts repentence each time His slave repents.

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west”. [Muslim]

Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The angel of the left raises [and holds] his pen for six hours from the Muslim servant of Allah who has wronged or committed a mistake. So if he regrets and seeks Allah’s forgiveness from it he returns it back, and if that is not the case then it is written as one.” [Mu'jam al Kabeer, Hasan according to Albani]

Usually we think that repenting immediately after committing a sin is like being a hypocrite or that it is not a sincere repentance but rather this is a trick from Shaytan to make us despair in the Mercy of Allah. Look at the description that Allah gives to the people of Jannah:

“Those who when they commit a sin or wrong themselves remember Allah right away and ask for forgiveness for their sins - and none can forgive sins but Allah - and do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know.” (3:135)

Do not think that your sins are too great or too many for Allah to forgive! Allah calls those who despair and lose hope in His Mercy disbelievers. Rather, repent immediately if you happen to fall into a sin and there you will find the Mercy of Allah before you. Remember that every son of Adam is a sinner, but the best of the sinners are those who repent. The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Allah turns with mercy to him who turns to Him in repentance”. [Bukhari and Muslim] The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam also promised Tooba for the one who seeks forgiveness much. So, what are you waiting for?

 

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