Since i wrote about making sincere Tawba in my last entry, I thought i should share with you some of the great virtues of sincere Tawba, and highlight to you how much Allah loves a servant who cries over his wrong-doings and sincerely begs for forgiveness.
"Those who are bearing the Throne and those who are around it pronounce the purity of your Lord along with His praise, and believe in Him, and pray for the forgiveness of those who believe: "Our Lord, Your mercy and knowledge comprehends everything, so forgive those who repent and follow Your way, and save them from the punishment of the Fire. And, our Lord, admit them to the eternal gardens of Jannah that You have promised for them, and (admit) those as well who did good from among their fathers and wives and children. You, only You, are the Mighty, the Wise, and save them from evils (of punishment). And whomsoever you save from evils that day, it is surely because you bless him with mercy. And that is the great achievement indeed." (Al-Ghaafir, 7-9)
The Angels who carry the Arsh (throne) of Allah are no small angels. The fact that their life-long duty is to carry the throne is enough to indicate their high status. Besides that, they are also physically massive. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has said that just the distance between the ankle and the heel of each of these angels is the distance of 500 years. Similarly the distance between the neck and shoulder of each angel is the distance of 700 years. These mighty angels make dua for who? The Awliyaa? Those who never sin? Those who remain occupied in 'Ibaadah day and night? Nope. But for those who repent sincerely, and thereafter remain steadfast on the straight path. Not only do the angels who carry the Arsh make dua, but along with them all the angels who make make tawaaf of the Arsh also make dua. How many angels make tawaaf? 70000 angels, each of them leading a group of 70000! Subhaanallah! What dua do they make? They pray to Allah to forgive them and save them from the punishment of the fire, and grant them entry in to the Jannah that they have been promised. And not only them, but they as Allah to do the same for their fathers, their wives, their children, their near and dear ones, as long as they have Imaan. Subhaanallah. Isn't that exactly what we all want?
Ulamaa write that it is quicker to get close to Allah through Tawba than through normal tasbeeh. Allah Ta'aala says in a Hadeeth-e-Qudsi, "Verily the cries of the sinful are more beloved to me than the sounds of those making tasbeeh."
The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) has been reported to have said, "Every son of Adam (AS) is a sinner, but the best of sinners are those who repent."
Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood (radhiallahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said to the effect that any believing servant of Allah who sheds a couple of tears out of the fear of Allah, even if they are as small as the head of a fly, and he feels his face heat up (as the face feels hot when a person cries), Allah will make him Haram on the fire of Jahannam.
Among the seven people who are promised the shade of the throne of Allah on the day of Qiyaamah, when sun will be right above the heads, and the ground will be made of copper, and there will be no other shade besides the shade of Allah, is a person who cries out of the fear of Allah in solitude.
So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, these are the moments to become close to Allah and make Him ours. Let us not despair. And never for a moment should any person think, "I am just too sinful, Allah will never forgive me!" Tell me my friends, what would u say to a person who stand in front of the ocean, filthy from top to bottom, but he refuses to go inside the ocean to cleanse himself saying, "I am too dirty to be cleansed by the ocean!"? We will most definitely call him a fool! The same goes; Allah's mercy is an endless ocean. Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) taught us a dua, "O Allah your forgiveness is far more vast than my sins, and I have more hope in your mercy than in my own actions."
Imam al-Shafi' in his final sickness said: "When my heart was hardened and my courses constrained I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness My sin burdened me heavily, but when I measured it by Your forgiveness Lord, Your forgiveness was the greater."
How many incidents do we know where alcoholics, robbers, fornicators, people who were living a life of utter sin, were forgiven by Allah and later they became great saints of their time.
Let us cry to Allah over our sins, for tears are to the soul what soap is to the body. Let us beg of Allah to make us His beloved friend, for if we have Allah we certainly have everything. As the poet says beautifully:
koi tujhse kuch koi kuch maangta hai mein tujhse faqat hoon talabgaar tera koi mujhse poochhe mein kya maangta hoon main apne khuda se khuda maangta hoon woh hojaaye mera mein hojaaoon uska yahi raat din mein dua maangta hoon
May Allah Ta'ala forgive me, forgive you, and forgive the entire Ummah. Ameen
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