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  • Repentance vs Forgiveness

    Salam,

    This maybe a silly question but is there a difference between repentance and forgiveness?


  • #2
    Salam bro, repentance has a few steps, like this:

    The conditions of valid repentance are as follows:
    1. Giving up the sin
    2. Regretting what one has done in the past
    3. Resolving not to go back to it.
    This post explains more about how a valid repentance should look like:

    https://islamqa.info/en/answers/14289/repentance

    Then, I think what you mean by 'forgiveness' is what is said through the tongue with like 'astaghfirullah' and that is like the verbal part of repentance, or the dua for it.

    This post clarifies this topic further:


    https://islamqa.info/en/answers/4588...enting-from-it

    And don't forget, if you have the regret, try to change and ask for forgiveness, but go back to the same thing, then in Islamic teachings we know Allah will forgive you if you do this, after each new sin.

    However, the key to a complete repentance is really regret, trying to change and then asking Allah to forgive you.

    Sins cause hardship and darkness in our life, so a good way to push ourselves along the repentance path is....

    to remember how negative and hard it was for us when we felt regret and felt scared that Allah wont forgive us,

    So maybe we don't want to feel that sadness again, and that may help us in sha Allah to repent for once and for all over a sin/sins...But Allah's Mercy overcomes His Wrath, so never let that leave your mind either

    Despair is from shaytan, and shaytan is lying in ambush in every path we take

    If we sin, shaytan makes us feel sad and forget Allah's mercy, and when we repent, shaytan is there too make us feel hopeless and to label us as sinners!

    So, always have a hopeful attitude about repentance. Sorry I went off-topic but I hope that is useful.
    وَاقْصِدْ فِي مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ ۚ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الْأَصْوَاتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ - 31:19

    And be moderate in your pace and lower your voice; indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys."


    أَلَمْ تَرَوْا أَنَّ اللَّهَ سَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَأَسْبَغَ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعَمَهُ ظَاهِرَةً وَبَاطِنَةً ۗ وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يُجَادِلُ فِي اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَلَا هُدًى وَلَا كِتَابٍ مُّنِيرٍ - 31:20

    Do you not see that Allah has made subject to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth and amply bestowed upon you His favors, [both] apparent and unapparent? But of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening Book [from Him].


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    • #3
      Originally posted by LailaTheMuslim View Post
      Salam bro, repentance has a few steps, like this:

      The conditions of valid repentance are as follows:
      1. Giving up the sin
      2. Regretting what one has done in the past
      3. Resolving not to go back to it.
      This post explains more about how a valid repentance should look like:

      https://islamqa.info/en/answers/14289/repentance

      Then, I think what you mean by 'forgiveness' is what is said through the tongue with like 'astaghfirullah' and that is like the verbal part of repentance, or the dua for it.

      This post clarifies this topic further:


      https://islamqa.info/en/answers/4588...enting-from-it

      And don't forget, if you have the regret, try to change and ask for forgiveness, but go back to the same thing, then in Islamic teachings we know Allah will forgive you if you do this, after each new sin.

      However, the key to a complete repentance is really regret, trying to change and then asking Allah to forgive you.

      Sins cause hardship and darkness in our life, so a good way to push ourselves along the repentance path is....

      to remember how negative and hard it was for us when we felt regret and felt scared that Allah wont forgive us,

      So maybe we don't want to feel that sadness again, and that may help us in sha Allah to repent for once and for all over a sin/sins...But Allah's Mercy overcomes His Wrath, so never let that leave your mind either

      Despair is from shaytan, and shaytan is lying in ambush in every path we take

      If we sin, shaytan makes us feel sad and forget Allah's mercy, and when we repent, shaytan is there too make us feel hopeless and to label us as sinners!

      So, always have a hopeful attitude about repentance. Sorry I went off-topic but I hope that is useful.
      Jazakallah Khairan for the detailed explanation, it was insightful, just the answer I was searching for šŸ™‚

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