Sunday 5 November 2023

Repent! Before the last time to repent arrives (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Much has been written by us in our previous posts about forgiveness and repentance. Today, we share a Hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ which warns the believers about the last time that they can repent, for thereafter there will be no repentance accepted by Allah.

This Hadith is quoted in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: Book (#48) Pertaining to the Remembrance of Allah, Supplication, Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness - كتاب الذكر والدعاء والتوبة والاستغفار   / Chapter # 12 It Is Recommend to Pray for Forgiveness a Great Deal / باب اسْتِحْبَابِ الاِسْتِغْفَارِ وَالاِسْتِكْثَارِ مِنْهُ ‏‏‏) as Hadith number # 2703 as under:

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
"He who seeks repentance (from the Lord) before the rising of the sun from the west (before the Day of Resurrection), Allah turns to him with Mercy."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو خَالِدٍ يَعْنِي سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ حَيَّانَ، ح وَحَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ نُمَيْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، ح وَحَدَّثَنِي أَبُو سَعِيدٍ الأَشَجُّ، حَدَّثَنَا حَفْصٌ، - يَعْنِي ابْنَ غِيَاثٍ - كُلُّهُمْ عَنْ هِشَامٍ، ح وَحَدَّثَنِي أَبُو خَيْثَمَةَ، زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ - وَاللَّفْظُ لَهُ - حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ، بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ حَسَّانَ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِيرِينَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ مَنْ تَابَ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَطْلُعَ الشَّمْسُ مِنْ مَغْرِبِهَا تَابَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

It is said that the Day of Resurrection will be established when the sun will rise from the West. And when this happens, the entire geometry and geology of the spatial object will reverse, resulting in the destruction of the earth we live on. Who knows when this will happen: This could be millions and billions of years from now - OR EVEN THE NEXT SECOND.

Since it will happen anytime in future commencing right next second, believers have been warned to repent of their sins and seek Divine forgiveness before time runs out. Once the final phase of destruction of the earth sets into motion and man will witness the beginning of the end, no repentance will be accepted for he has been given enough time and warned enough. 

So, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, do not wait to repent if you sin. Repent immediately with utmost sincerity and resolve not to repeat the evil action. Remember, when time runs out, one's ledger book closes and is sealed. Remember, it is not only the rising of the sun from the west that one should wait for, it could be your death too which can occur any time from now. When one sees the angel of death, his time is already over and then there remains not a fraction of second to repent. So, keep repenting and seek Divine forgiveness as many times as you can during the day and night. Let us keep invoking mercy of Allah as much as we can so that He, the Al-Ghafur (الغفور) - The Forgiving, The Pardoner, Ar Rahim (الرحيم) - The Most Merciful and At-Tawwab (التواب) - The Acceptor of Repentance, forgives us and makes us a contender for Jannah. Aameen.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

You may refer to our exclusive page: Collection of Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ on Warnings / Cautions to read posts written on similar matters.

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