Repentance in Ramadan
Ibraaheem ibn Hamad al-Mansoor
In the Name of, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
I praise Allah, Who has brought near to us the means of goodness and has
opened the gate of repentance to His slaves, and I send blessings and peace
upon the Messenger of Allah.
I have put together these few words for everyone who wants to change his
situation and his actions so as to earn the pleasure of his Creator and
achieve happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
I ask Allah to make it of benefit to those who read it and tell others about
it, and I ask Allah to forgive sins both open and secret.
I congratulate you on the occasion of this blessed month, the month of
repentance, forgiveness and ransom from the Fire, the month of goodness and
blessing, the month of generosity and kindness.
I say to myself, to you and to everyone who is falling short in his duties
towards his Lord:
''O you who did not have enough of sin in Rajab, so he continued to disobey
his Lord during the month of Sha'baan,
Now these two months have been followed by the month of patience, So do not
let this be a month of sin too.
Recite the Qur'an and glorify your Lord during this month, striving your
utmost, For it is the month of glorification and Qur'an.'' [Arabic poetry]
The month of Ramadan has come...so come to Allah, O seeker of good.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
''When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils and demons are chained up,
and the gates of Hell are closed and not one gate of it is opened. The gates
of Paradise are opened and not one gate of it is closed. And a caller calls
out: ‘O seeker of good, come to Allah; O seeker of evil, desist.' Allah will
have ransomed some people from the Fire, and that happens every night.''
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah with a hasan isnaad).
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ''Ameen, ameen, ameen.''
It was said, ''O Messenger of Allah, you climbed up on the minbar and said,
‘Ameen, ameen, ameen.' He said, ‘Jibreel (peace be upon him), came to me and
said, ''Whoever witnesses the month of Ramadan and is not forgiven so he
enters Hell, may Allah cast him away. Say Ameen.'' So I said Ameen.''' (This
hadeeth was narrated by Ahmad and is saheeh).
Yes... Ramadan has come, so turn to your Lord – Whom you have disobeyed –
beseeching Him and fearing Him, regretting and weeping... and say,
''O God of the Universe, I am returning (to You).''
''O Giver of all good things, give me guidance,
For there is no good without guidance.
Overlook my mistakes with forgiveness, kindness and mercy,
For no one else can bestow forgiveness.'' [Arabic poetry]
If you are not forgiven, if your eyes do not shed tears and your heart does
not break before your Lord in this month, then when?
Why do you not shed tears for fear of your Lord even once? Do you not feel
that your heart is close to your Lord during this month? Do you not think that
this is an opportunity for you to draw closer to your Lord and increase in
humility, repentance and submission, so that it may be the true beginning of
you're returning to your Lord so that you may be more closely connected with
''While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance and
bestows on them their piety [Muhammad 47:17 – interpretation of the meaning]
''O man!'' Allah rebukes us and tells us (interpretation of the meaning):
''O man! What has made you careless about your Lord, the Most Generous? [al-Infitaar
Indeed, O man, what has made you careless about your Lord, so that you have
become so audacious in disobeying Him and transgressing His limits? Is it
because you are ignoring His blessings? Or because you forget that He is
always watching over you, and that He is Almighty?
''I am the one who closes the doors, striving
in sin (in secret), although the eye of Allah is watching me.
How patient Allah is with me, when He lets me off
Although I persist in my sin, and He covers me.'' [Arabic poetry]
Do not look at how small your sin is... but look at how great is the One Whom
you are disobeying.
Do not let Allah be the one whom you care the least about of all those who are
Good news for you
Here I bring you good news from your Lord and His Messenger (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him). Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
''Say: ''O ‘Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by
committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily,
Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful'' [al-Zumar
''And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allah, nor kill
such person as Allah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal
sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The
torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide
therein in disgrace; Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic
Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allah will change their sins
into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful'' [al-Furqaan
This is a great blessing and a great deal, for Allah will change your sins
into good deeds...Allah is Most Great. No one misses out on such a great deal
except one who is ignorant or who does not care about this blessing.
So repent – if you want this great deal, ''Allah will change their sins into
And listen to what your beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) said to encourage people to repent:
''Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than one of you who
suddenly finds his camel laden with supplies after losing it in a barren
land.'' (Agreed upon)
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ''Allah says:
‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I will
forgive you no matter what you have done, and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if
your sins were to reach up to the clouds of the sky, then you were to ask Me
for forgiveness, I will forgive you and I do not mind.'''
And he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ''Allah says, ‘O My
slaves, you commit sins by night and by day, but I forgive all sins. So ask Me
for forgiveness and I will forgive you.'''
And he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ''Allah stretches
forth His hand by night to accept the repentance of those who sinned during
the day, and He stretches forth His hand by day to accept the repentance of
those who sinned during the night, (This will continue) until the sun rises
from the west.''
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw a woman
looking for her young son among the prisoners of war. When she found him, she
embraced him and gave him her breast.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ''Do you think
that she could throw her child into the fire?'' They said, ''No.'' He said,
''Allah is more merciful towards His slaves than this woman is towards her
Allah is Most Great... After knowing of this generosity, can we ignore the
matter of repentance? Can we delay repenting? O Allah, glory be to You, how
merciful You are. Glory be to You, how kind You are. Glory be to You, how
generous You are.
''When my heart grew hard and I did not know where to turn,
I made the hope of Your forgiveness my way out.
I thought that my sin was so great, but when I compared it
To Your forgiveness, my Lord, Your forgiveness was greater.
You never cease to forgive sin, and You never cease
To be generous, out of Your bounty and kindness.'' [Arabic poetry]
Be frank with yourself
What is keeping you from repenting and following the path of righteousness? I
can imagine you saying, ''My family, community and friends. I am afraid of
repenting then going back to my sin. My sins are so many, how can I be
forgiven? I am worried about my family and my wealth.'' I say to you: Do you
think that you will say that to your Lord on the Day when you meet Him? No, by
Allah... These are imaginary obstacles which can only be overcome by one who
fears his Lord.
''If the soul had great ambitions, the body would be exhausted by trying to
fulfill the desires of the soul.'' [Arabic poetry]
Be proud of your religion, and sincerely resolve to do good and to continue
doing so, putting your trust in Allah. And remember the mercy of your Lord and
the vast extent of His forgiveness.
If the Angel of Death were to come to you at this moment, would you be content
to meet your Lord in this state?
My brother, please do not run away from yourself or try to avoid checking on
yourself. If you do not check on yourself today, then in your grave you will
regret it, at the time when regret will be of no avail.
A new beginning
Know that repentance is not limited only to this month – it may take place
during this or any other month. But why should your new beginning not take
place in the month of goodness and blessing? A man may be born twice, on the
day when he emerges from the darkness of his mother's womb into the light of
this world, and on the day when he emerges from the darkness of sin into the
light of obedience. So be like this.
I advise you, my friend, to catch up with good people who will benefit you
even after you die – by Allah's Leave – by making du'a for you.
Catch up with them and keep company with them wherever they come and go; be
patient with them until you meet your Lord, then it may be said to you and to
''Salaamun ‘Alaykum (peace be upon you) for you persevered in patience!
Excellent indeed is the final home!'' [al-Ra'd 13:24 – interpretation of the
A story and an attitude
There was a man who was with the righteous, then he left them and started to
fall short in his religious commitments.
One day he was going on a trip, and his car overturned on the road... He was
resuscitated, then he died...
The sad news came... we prayed over him, and he was taken and placed in his
grave. His grave was filled with bricks and earth, and he would never come
Tears flowed and hearts were filled with grief. One of the righteous people –
I think he was righteous, but Allah knows best and I do not praise anyone
before Allah – who was one of his former friends, sat by his grave with his
head bowed, making du'a for him.
Thus I knew what kind of friends could benefit a man after his death.
Beware lest you become one of those of whom Allah says (interpretation of the
''And (remember) the Day when the Zaalim (wrongdoer, oppressor, polytheist)
will bite at his hands, he will say:
‘Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger (Muhammad).
Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so and so as a Khaleel (an
He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur'an) after it had come to
me. And Shaytaan (Satan) is to man ever a deserter in the hour of need''' [al-Furqaan
Before the door is closed
Before the door is closed, decide – from now, and do not delay – the path that
you want to follow, which will be your path in this world and in the
What great joy and happiness is to be found when a person comes back to his
Lord, regretting (his sin) and joining the caravan of the righteous.... By
Allah it is joy which no one tastes except those who experience this.
If you have resolved to repent and turn back to your Lord, then know that
there are conditions which must be met when repenting:
1. Regret for what is past.
2. Giving up the sin.
3. Resolving not to go back to it. But if you do it again, then repent to
Allah again – but your resolve must be genuine.
4. The repentance must come before the death-rattle reaches the throat and
before the sun rises in the west.
(With slight changes)
Source: Repentance in Ramadan