Quranic Reflection Series: Forgiveness is His Promise
Written by: Abeeda
Surah Al-Ar’af, verse 23
قَالَا رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ
“They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.””
This is the dua of Adam and Hawa, after they were misled by shaytan [satan].
This dua is so applicable to us all. It is almost human nature for us to falter and fall into some form of sin, whether major or minor. Yet, as believers, it is not befitting for us to allow that sin to consume us, to beat us, to lead us into seclusion and despair!
As believers, we face the wrong that we do upon ourselves, we regret it, and we use that regret as a means of seeking forgiveness from Allah. We make every intention to keep away from that sin, or any sin, but we are not held to ransom by our past and mistakes! We must teach ourselves to let go and forgive ourselves of our mistakes, but not to be heedless of their effects.
We must remind ourselves that it is shaytan that leads us to believe that we are beyond Allah’s mercy, because in the darkness of despair shaytan has us weakened, and his whispers become louder, and our belief that we are without hope grows monstrously in our minds.
But Allah promises us forgiveness, and there is none more fulfilling of their promise than Him, Al-Ghaffar, Al-‘Afuw.