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When I asked for forgiveness..

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Bismillah.

“Ya Allah! I’ve lost my wallet! Where did it go? It was right here in my room.”

I nearly screamed while looking for my wallet in my totally messed-up room.  From morning till evening, I searched, searched and searched but could not find it.  Seeing my frustration, my sister advised me to ask forgiveness, and said that the problems that we face are usually a result of our sins.  I sarcastically said, “Yeah, right!”.

Seeing that I was unconvinced, my sister told me to listen to a lecture of Ustadh Raja Zia ul Haq which was based upon these verses:

“And (Noah a.s) said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. What is [the matter] with you that you do not attribute to Allah [due] grandeur.” (Surah Nuh :10-13)


Listening to the lecture, I got my concepts cleared that whatever evil comes our way is actually the result of our sins, and that asking for forgiveness is the way out.  We like to blame our tough situations on others, when we ourselves are the ones to be blamed in reality.  As I resolved to seek forgiveness from Allah sincerely, I remembered the Hadith:

“Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than anyone of you would be on losing his camel in the desert and then suddenly finding it in front of him.” (Bukhari:6309)

I planned to spend the night seeking forgiveness and nearness of Allah.  I was about to perform ablution when I remembered that sleeping with my sister, I wouldn’t be able to keep the light on; so I went to grab the torch from my drawer to read Quran and duas (supplications) at night.

As soon as I opened the drawer of my side table, my eyes nearly popped out.  I had looked for the wallet, like five times in this drawer during the day, and there it was now, lying in the drawer.  I was stunned and mesmerized.  I showed the wallet to my sister as tears fell from my eyes.

I told her how only on resolving in my heart to ask for forgiveness, I had gotten the wallet back. All she said to me was:

“Remorse is repentance.”


which is actually a Hadith. (Ibn Majah:4252)

I would also like to share another incident with the readers.  I had been hearing since about four or five days that everywhere around our city, it had been raining and the weather was pleasant, but our city remained hot and dry.  My sister reminded me of a sinner at the time of Prophet Moses (‘alaihis salam) whose entire city was deprived of rain; but as soon as he asked for forgiveness, the rain came pouring down.

I also asked for forgiveness and slept.  That night, it rained heavily till the morning.  My sister woke me up, ecstatic that it was finally raining. Subhan Allah, it is a maxim:

“And (Noah a.s) said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers” (Surah Nuh: 10-11)

Allah has taught us the way of asking forgiveness in Quran. He tells us how our parents (Adam and Eve ‘alaihimus salam) asked for forgiveness:

“They said: ‘Our Lord! We have wronged ourselves. If you do not forgive us and do not have mercy upon us, surely we are from the lost people.” (Surah al-‘Aaraaf: 23)

Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu alaihi wasallam) taught us the best words for seeking forgiveness (Syed-ul-Istaghfar):

“O Allah! You are my Lord. There is no God but you. You created me and I am your slave, I keep your covenant and my pledge to you so far according to my ability. I seek refuge in you from the evil of creation. I recognize your blessings upon me and I recognize my misdeeds. Forgive me for surely, there is no one who may forgive sins but you.”
Whoever says it in the morning and dies before evening, he is in the people of Paradise; and whoever says it in the evening and dies before morning, he is in the people of Paradise. (Bukhari:6306)


There are 4 steps to seeking forgiveness:

1. Accepting your mistake and feeling remorseful.
2. Apologizing.
3. Replacing the bad deed with a good one.
4. Making a sincere intention not to do it again Insha Allah.

Is this too much to ask for?  Allah does not hold grudges and is ever ready to forgive.  He knows every sinner (who repents) has a future, and He does not care if the pious person had a past.

In a nut shell:

“Glad tidings for one who finds abundance of seeking forgiveness in his Book of deeds.” (Ibn Majah: 3818)|

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A Different Perspective

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Bismillah, Ramadan has begun and we all know that:

“When the month of Ramadan (begins) the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Muslim:2496)

All of us talk about Ramadan preparation and the bounties plus the reward of Ramadan which is good. But today, I want to share a different perspective. You see, whether we keep a 17 hour fast or an 18 hour one, it ends. Even when the month of Ramadan comes in June and July we get through the day and make it till the iftar. It seems hard, it looks difficult but we make it despite all the difficulties and hardships because the reward is immense.

We can learn a valuable lesson from this. In life, it seems as if hard times will not end. We will break down in the middle or lose strength because we are not powerful enough to endure all the toils and uphill battles. But whether it is a 17 hour fast or a 17 week’s affliction, it eventually ends. It does not last forever.

Charlie Chaplin said: Nothing is permanent in this wicked world-not even our troubles.

It is true, and when these hardships end, it is a beginning of beautiful serenity. All we have to do is take a deep breath, be patient and trust Allah that He will In sha Allah help us make it to the end. I heard it somewhere that life is like a fast. The Iftar time is death. After iftar is the beginning of sweet tranquility In sha Allah. We have to abstain from our wrong and twisted desires in this world just because it is our Lord’s wish. As in fast we do not eat anything out of God-consciousness; similarly, we have to abstain from every wrong thing. This is the sole purpose of fasting that Allah has told us in the Quran:

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint” (2:183)

Out of the fear of God as in fasting we have to abstain from all bad things, like wise this should be our behavior in real life. Our fast will break upon death. Till that time, we have to mould our desires according to Quran and Hadith In sha Allah.

Every Ramadan is important. Make it count especially this one because this might be the last one before we meet our Lord.

“Verily! Ramadan has come to you. This is the month of blessings” (Musnad Ahmed:7148)

It is not the years in our life that count, it is the life in our years that really matters!

Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments. It all comes down to a few moments. This month is bunch of them.

Grasp every moment, value each second. Avail this opportunity to come closer to Allah. Good luck!