Racing towards forgiveness

( Benefits of asking forgiveness from Allah / Forgiveness in Islam )

There are many blessings that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon us. Out of all of them, the most important is the blessing of forgiveness. As humans, we tend to fall into err every now and then. We might take Allah’s command lightly or not worship him the way He deserves to be worshipped. Despite these flaws, He is always willing to forgive and give us another chance. In experience, the life of a person who receives His forgiveness has the best life one could have in this world. A life filled with peace and tranquility. A life filled with content.

The general thinking is that tests are a source of limited resources. A person might think that if they have wealth, all their trails and worries will end. However, this is far from true. The reality of the matter is that a person faces test and tribulations due to lack of forgiveness from His creator and sustainer.

“Race with one another towards Forgiveness from your Lord and towards a paradise the width of which spans the heavens and the earth.” (Surah Al Imran, Verse 133)

The above verse clearly states that if a person achieves Allah’s forgiveness in its complete form, this itself is enough to achieve the highest form of reward – paradise. This can be easily understood by merely comprehending the state of that person whose past and future sins have been forgiven. Does such a person have anything to worry about ? What would trouble such a person ? If a person feels secure with Allah (swt) and His judgement, then no anxiety can reach his peaceful heart. Such a person is aware that no matter what this world has to offer in terms its blessings, the outcome of his hard work is safe with his Lord in the hereafter.

“O my people! Plead with your Lord for forgiveness, then turn to Him penitently: He will send copious rains for you from the sky, and add power to your [present] power. So do not turn your backs [on Him] as guilty ones.’” (Surah Hud, Verse 52)

Often sins block the path of blessings and rewards from Allah (swt), while forgiveness opens doors of blessings and mercy. Maybe one is trapped in a circle of distress and doesn’t seem to find any solution towards it. Then comes the light of forgiveness and a person turns to Allah (swt) seeking forgiveness for all that they might have done consciously or unconsciously.

Forgiveness from Allah (swt) has a long lasting impact on a person’s life. A person whose deeds are righteous, is by default a very successful person. They have a sense of ease and relief around them. However, someone who is pulled down by the burden of his / her evil deeds is never at ease – whether it be this world or the next.

It is interesting to know that angels who bear the throne of Allah (swt) too seek forgiveness for those who repent and mend their way:

“Those who bear the Throne, and those who are around it, celebrate the praise of their Lord and have faith in Him, and they plead for forgiveness for the faithful: ‘Our Lord! You embrace all things in mercy and knowledge. So forgive those who repent and follow Your way and save them from the punishment of hell.” (Surah Ghafir, Verse 7)