Quranic verses and Ahadith on Repentance

Praise be to Allah,


One should also repent from all sins. If he repents from some, his repentance would still be sound according to the people of sound knowledge. He should, however, repent from the rest. Allah, the Exalted says:


“And all of you beg Allah to forgive you, O believers, that you may be successful”. (24:31)
“Seek the forgiveness of your Rubb, and turn to Him in repentance”. (11:3)
“O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance!”. (66:8)

2. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying:

“By Allah, I seek Allah’s forgiveness and repent to Him more than seventy times a day.”


A. It is an inducement for seeking pardon and forgiveness. The Prophet (PBUH), whose past and future sins were forgiven, asked Allah’s forgiveness – then how about us, who commit sins on regular basis, not to seek pardon and forgiveness from Allah?
B. Sincere and ceaseless prayer for pardon is essential so that sins committed by us unintentionally are also forgiven. The above Hadith lays great emphasis on seeking pardon.


3. Al-Agharr bin Yasar Al-Muzani (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

“Turn you people in repentance to Allah and beg pardon of Him. I turn to Him in repentance a hundred times a day”.

4. Anas bin Malik Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) the servant of the Messenger of Allah narrated: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,

“Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his camel in a desert land and then finds it (unexpectedly)”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

In another version of Muslim, he said:

“Verily, Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than a person who has his camel in a waterless desert carrying his provision of food and drink and it is lost. He, having lost all hopes (to get that back), lies down in shade and is disappointed about his camel; when all of a sudden he finds that camel standing before him. He takes hold of its reins and then out of boundless joy blurts out: ‘O Allah, You are my slave and I am Your Rubb’.He commits this mistake out of extreme joy”.

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A. This Hadith also deals with the inducement and merit of repentance and pardon for sins. Allah is highly pleased with repentance.

B One will not have to account for a mistake made without any purpose and intention. 3. It is permissible to take an oath to stress on one’s pardon.
C. One can quote an instance for the purpose of understanding and elaboration.


RYADUSSALIHEEN, Compiled by Imam Abu Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi with commentary on Ahadith Sheikh Safiur Rahman Mubarpuri. Chapter 2,  Repentance

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