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Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Allah Almighty may afflict His believing servant with something from which he should repent so that his servitude to Him becomes complete and he turns to his Lord and implores Him in hum ble submission.

Many are those who turn away from Allah Almighty and then life becomes tough for them, driving them to come back. Then when they return and taste the sweetness of being close to their Lord and the blessing of uprightness and repentance, they give thanks to Allah for the affliction and hardship that were instrumental in their salvation and success.

{And We will surely let them taste the nearer punishment short of the greater punishment, so that they may return. }

[Surat as-Sajdah: 21]

So, if you are left to persist in your sins and deviation and enjoy blessings around, and you do not repent, you should know that you are hated and being gradually drawn to punishment. Allah Almighty says:

{When they forgot the reminder that they were given, We opened for them the doors of everything –until when they rejoiced in pride for what they were given, We seized them by surprise, so they fell into utter despair.}

[Surat al-An‘ām: 44]

When you declare your repentance, you should implore your Lord to make you steadfast. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) used to supplicate Allah saying:

“Allāhumma ya muqallib al-qulūb thabbit qalbi ‘ala dīnik (O Allah, Turner of the hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Your religion).”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhāri in Al-Adab al-Mufrad; Sahīh (authentic)]

O Allah, pardon us, for indeed You are the Accepting of Repentance, the Most Merciful, and forgive us and our parents, verily, You are the All-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.

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