do not despair

If you’re anything like me, you’ve committed a few sins… today… since breakfast. We humans sin all the time: it’s just how Allah azza wa jall chose to make us. The important thing is repent and try. Try to be better, try to recognize your sins and things that trigger sinning. Pick one little thing to do to try to avoid the sin the next time. But don’t despair: in Surah Az Zumar, Allah tells us

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”

And this applies to little sins and to big sins too. I’ve mentioned the hadith about the murderer before. If Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala can forgive him, He can forgive you. Indeed, as He tells us in Surah An Nisa

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ افْتَرَىٰ إِثْمًا عَظِيمًا

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.

Allahu Akbar.

Life is a long journey, with many twisting and branching paths. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying to be better than you were yesterday, and may Allah guide us to better and make the path easy for us, Ameen.

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