From the Noble Teachings of Hazrat
Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (rahmatullah alayh)
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Below is an extract from the booklet:
“O YOU WHO BELIEVE! FEAR ALLAH AS HE SHOULD BE FEARED AND DIE NOT EXCEPT AS MUSLIMS.”
[SURAH AAL-E-IMRAAN 3 : 102]
In the blessed month of Ramadaan, many were the talks and discourses that covered the subject matter of Taubah and Istighfaar.
You would have heard from respective ‘Ulama, that sincere Taubah (repentance) means giving up sins altogether, and that Taubah is not just a lip-service: “Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah” (I seek Allah’s forgiveness); rather it is a firm determination that we are not going to return to our sins.
We should also understand the technical difference between Istighfaar and Taubah: Istighfaar is to seek forgiveness for past sins and Taubah is to pledge not to return to sins in future. This is deduced from an ayah (verse) of Surah Hud:…
“BUT ASK FORGIVENESS OF YOUR LORD, AND TURN UNTO HIM (IN REPENTANCE): FOR MY LORD IS INDEED FULL OF MERCY AND LOVING KINDNESS.”
[SURAH HUD 11 : 90]
However, as is human nature, if we err and once more stumble and fall into sin, then we can repeat our Taubah… yet again, with the sincere intention not to indulge in sins.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, regarding the progeny of Hazrat Aadam (alaihis salaam): “All the children of Aadam are sinners (i.e. prone to sinning), but the best of sinners are those who make Taubah.”
…The exception to this, are the Ambiyaa (alaihis salaam) who are sinless and Divinely protected