From the preceding narrations we should derive an appreciation for the greatness of our religion and for the Mercy of Allaah (subhanahu wa taala), Who is the Most Merciful of the merciful ones. But still, as slaves of Allaah (subhanahu wa taala), we must do our part; we must take certain steps to deserve forgiveness from Allaah (subhanahu wa taala).
First, we must desist from sin for which we are guilty. Second, we must sincerely feel regret for having perpetrated that sin, and at the same time we must hasten to ask forgiveness from Allaah (subhanahu wa taala). Third, we must make a firm resolve never to return to that sin. Fourth, we must hasten to perform good deeds, for by permission of Allaah (subhanahu wa taala), it is always the case that good deeds atone for and remove evil deeds.
Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu) narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) say:
“Indeed, Iblis (the Devil) said to his Lord ‘Azza wa Jall (the Possessor of might and majesty), ‘By Your Might and majesty, I will continue to tempt and misguide the children of Adam as long as they have souls in them.”
Allaah (subhanahu wa taala) said:
“Then by My Might and Majesty, I will continue to forgive them as long as they ask Me to forgive them.”¹
[Transcribed From: stories of Repentance, Page 85-86|Compiled by: Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri|Edited by: Abdul Ahad (Alig)|Darussalam 2005]
1. Al-Musnad (3/29)