Making mistakes and falling short are undoubtedly part of human nature and no one will be free of shortcomings in his obedience to Allaah, or free of mistakes or forgetfulness or sins. All of us fall short, commit sins, and make mistakes. Sometimes we turn to Allaah and sometimes we turn away from Him. Sometimes we remember that Allaah is watching and sometimes we become negligent. None of us is free of sin, and we will inevitably make mistakes. We are not infallible. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "By the One in Whose hand is my soul, if you did not commit sin Allaah would do away with you and bring people who would commit sin then pray for forgiveness." Narrated by Muslim, 2749. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Every son of Adam sins, and the best of those who sin are those who repent." Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2499; classed as hasan by al-Albaani.
By His mercy towards weak man, Allaah has opened the gate of repentance to him, and has commanded him to turn to Him, every time sin overwhelms him. Were it not for that, man would suffer a great deal of hardship and would not have the drive to draw closer to his Lord; he would lose all hope of His forgiveness and pardon. Repentance is something that is necessary as a result of man's shortcomings and human failings.
Allaah has enjoined repentance on all kinds of people in this ummah: those who are foremost in good deeds, those who follow a middle course, and those who wrong their own selves by doing haraam things (cf. Faatir 35:32).
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful"
"O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance!"
And the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "O people, repent to Allaah and seek His forgiveness, for I repent one hundred times a day." Narrated by Muslim, 2702 from the hadeeth of al-Agharr al-Muzani (may Allaah be pleased with him).
Allaah has bestowed His mercy and encompassed His slaves with his kindness. He is Forbearing and does not punish us or destroy us straightaway, rather He gives us respite, and He commanded His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to proclaim His generosity:
"Say: O 'Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful"
[al-Zumar 39:53 -- interpretation of the meaning].
ABOUT THE SPEAKER -
Said Rageah brings a whole new ball game to the classroom. His smooth style and laid back demeanour makes you feel he's your "brotha from anotha motha". With a light-hearted and down-to-Earth character, Shaykh Said has the uncanny ability to connect with the youth and motivate them to action as he counsels them on various issues.
Born in Somalia, Shaykh Said later moved to North America in the late 80s. He has a Bachelor's in Islamic studies and a Masters in Shari'ah. He has had several posts over the years, including (but not limited to): founder of Masjid Huda in Montreal and Masjid Aya in Maryland, advisor for Muslim Youth magazine, and member in the Aqsa Association. He is also the founder of both Muslim Magazine and Al Aqsa Association. Furthermore he was a Chaplain at both the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Currently, he serves as Imam at the Abu Hurairah Mosque in Toronto and Chairman for the Journey of Faith Conference.
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