We are now within the month of Rajab-i Shareef which is the first of the holy three months and we have left behind the first week of this holy month. However these precious, valuable and beneficent days are still amongst us; therefore we must make the most out of them by repenting from our sins in abundance.
Repentance is to regret after committing a sin, to be afraid of Allah and to stay away from sins. Our prophet Hz. Muhammad (saw) says in a hadith-i sheriff: “Repentance is by not committing that sin again”.
It is farz to repent as soon as possible after a sin. It is haraam to delay repentance. It is necessary to repent for delaying the repentance as well.
Hz. Allah says in Holy Quran: “O you who believe! Turn unto Allah in sincere repentance!” (Surah al Tahrîm/8)
Prophet Muhammad (saw) describes sincere repentance with the following: “Sincere repentance means, a person regretting because of his sins, asking forgiveness from Allah (swt) and never committing that sin again.”
According to the Ahl-u Sunnah belief, Muslims must not despair of Allah (cc) no matter how sinful he is, because hopelessness is also a sin. Allah CC says the following in the Holy Quran: “If any one does evil or wrongs his own soul but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Al-Nisa/110)
Our Prophet (saw) says: “Even if you have so many sins that it reaches the sky, when you repent, Allah (swt) accepts your repentance” (Ibn-i Mace). Prophet Muhammad (saw) expresses the beauty of repentance in another hadith with the following: “Sins leave traces in the heart, when a sinful person repents those stains disappear.” (Tirmizi)
Imam Rabbani (ks) says the following in his Mektubat-i Shareefah: “Certainly traces of sins will easily disappear by asking for forgiveness, Istigfaar, being regretful and seeking refuge from Allah c.c.”
A good deed must be committed in the same way just after committing a bad deed, in fact even further. Rasulullah (sas) says the following “As soon as you commit a sin, do so commit a good deed right after it so that it may become keffarah for it. Commit a hidden deed for sins committed secretly; commit a visible deed for sins committed explicitly.”
Lets finish our article with a hadith that clarifies what we have to do in this holy month. Our Prophet (saw) says: “Return to your Rabb in the month of Rajab, ask for the forgiveness of your sins and stay away from all bad behaviours”.
May Allah, bless the month of Rajab and Sha’baan upon us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan.