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Tawbatun Nasuha: Sincere Repentance

An excellent list of the characteristic features of true Believers in Islam is mentioned in Surah at-Tawbah.

I would like to start the series on Yaaa Ayyuhal Lazeena Aamanu by drawing inspiration from this beautiful ayah.

Tawbah is the first and foremost ingredient necessary for all reformation. Sincere Repentance is the stepping stone to achieving ultimate success. 

So let me commence with this beautiful and loving command of Almighty Allah:

{O you who have believed! Repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.”} (Surah At-Tahreem 66: 8)

Listen to the beautiful recitation of this ayah

In this ayah, Allah tells us:

1. To Turn to Him in Sincere Repentance.

2. The benefit and advantage of sincere repentance is that Allah will remove one’s evil deeds on the Day of Judgement and admit him/her to the Jan’naat (Gardens) beneath which flow amazing rivers.

3. On the Day of Judgement, Allah will not disgrace His Last Messenger – Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam – and those who believed in the Prophet and are with him.

4. The Believers’ light will be running before them and on their right. (Read explanation about the Light here, Inshaa’Allah)

5. The Believers will make a du’aa رَبَّنَا أَتْمِمْ لَنَا نُورَنَا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ – Our Lord! Perfect for us our light and forgive us. Surely You have power over everything”.

* The principal command in this ayah is the motivation for Tawbatun Nasuhan:

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ تَوْبَةً نَصُوحًا

“O you who have believed! Repent to Allah with sincere repentance”.

* What is Tawbatun Nasuha?

Tawbah means to return, to go back, to turn to Allah, to repent.

Nasuha means sincere, true.

Tawbatun Nasuha literally means Sincere Repentance. It is to turn to Allah after feeling penitence.

* Tawbatun Nasuha implies that when you happen to commit a sinful act, you should feel penitent for it, then should implore Allah for forgiveness remorsefully, and then should refrain from committing the same error again.

* In his Tafseer, Ibn Kathir says that “Tawbatun Nasuha means a true, firm repentance that erases the evil sins that preceded it and mend the shortcoming of the repenting person, encouraging and directing him to quit the evil that he used to do”.

* Ali ib Abi Talib (radhiyallahu anhu) once heard a desert Arab chanting the words of repentance and forgiveness quickly and mechanically and remarked: This is the repentance of the liars! The man asked: What is true repentance?

Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) replied: It should be accompanied by six things:

(1) You should feel penitent for the wrong you have done.

(2) You should carry out the duties that you have ignored.

(3) Restore the rights that you have usurped.

(4) Ask forgiveness of him whom you have wronged.

(5) Make a resolve not to repeat the sin again.

(6) Consume yourself in obedience to Allah as you have so far been consuming it in wrongdoing, and cause it to taste the bitterness of obedience as you have so far been causing it to enjoy the sweet taste of disobedience and sin. (Al- Kashshaf)

* A Muslim or a Muslimah should offer repentance as soon as he/she realizes that has committed disobedience of Allah and should compensate for it without delay in whatever form possible and it should not be delayed.

* One of the Beautiful Names of Allah, Al Asmaa-ul-Husna is At-Taw’waab: The Ever-Accepting of Repentance

* Allah is not only At-Taw’waab, He also loves those who seek forgiveness of their sins and turn to Him in repentance.

May Allah make our intentions pure, accept our sincere deeds and give us the Tawfeeq to turn to Him in sincere repentance. Aameen.

Jazakallahu Khayra for reading this post.

Read this related post : Istighfaar: Gateway to Blessings Unlimited, Inshaa’Allah.


Note and Request:

I tried to keep the post as short as possible.

If you feel the approach is not good, please let me know Inshaa’Allah through comments.

Or if you have any ideas, please suggest.

Thank you and Jazakallahu Khayra once again.

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  1. JazakALLAH khair for that!
    I would like to suggest if you please also mention some stories that are in hadith relevant to the topic. Like regarding tauba, the story of that man of bani Israel who did not commit any good deed for 4o years, and there was no rain due to him, and then how did ALLAH forgave him when he asked for tauba.
    Hopefully you got my point.

    Comment by Banat-e-Hawwa | May 16, 2013 | Reply

    • Barakallahu feek, yes i got the point.
      Tawbah itself is a huge topic. Many stories are mentioned in the ahadeeth about it.
      Inshaa’Allah i will keep your suggestion in mind.
      My aim however is to keep the post as short as possible. Vassalam.

      Comment by MuQeet | May 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. Jazakallah khair for sharing this post. The approach is fine.

    Comment by hkamran | May 17, 2013 | Reply

  3. “A Muslim or a Muslimah should not offer repentance as soon as he/she realizes that has committed disobedience of Allah….”
    I think there shouldn’t be a ‘not’ there, just to avoid confusion.
    JazakAllah Khayr for the post and I strongly agree with short posts; though as mentioned above, you could put in some stories as most people normally would read a story no matter how long it is and they will remember it more than a post of same length! Stories also make the post more enjoyable and it also arouses the reader’s interest towards the subject matter. Furthermore, the reader will look forward to read more of the post.

    Comment by Suhailah | May 17, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you and Jazakallahu Khayra for that correction. It is fixed.
      Barakallahu feek for your suggestion.
      I agree about stories and you know it is very difficult to find authentic stories especially when it is related to the Qur’anic verses.
      Also, I write posts daily and this type of writing is easy for me. Searching for relevant and authentic stories is important but it is time consuming. Inshaa’Allah I will try to do my best in this regard.
      And thank you for commenting after a long time 🙂

      Comment by MuQeet | May 17, 2013 | Reply

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  7. Thank you so much for your informative post 🙂

    Comment by Keez | December 8, 2015 | Reply

    • You are welcome. Baarakallahu Feekum.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 8, 2015 | Reply

  8. Assalammualaikum, i just wanna ask. How do i make tawbah naasuha? Do i need to pray taubatan nasuha? Or istighfar & do good deeds regretting sins is what i needed to tawbah nasuha?

    Comment by Hazim | February 6, 2017 | Reply

  9. jazakaAllah. its simple and easy to undesrstand. keep similar posts on other concepts from Quran as well. please.

    Comment by Aamir Durrani | August 21, 2017 | Reply

  10. Assalaama alaykum. Thanks for the enlighting post dear brother. However, besides the Arab man talked about in your post, is there any other Qiswa; Story to learn from about Taubatan nasuuha?

    Other wise thank you in advance.

    Comment by HUSSEIN HASSAN | December 27, 2019 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullaah.
      There may be such other stories but we need to trace them from authentic sources.
      At the moment, I am not able to recall any.
      Baarakallaahu Feekum, brother.

      Comment by MuQeet | December 30, 2019 | Reply

  11. Alhamdulillah nice explanation. Very much helpful. Zajakallah Khairan

    Comment by Mohammad Wahidul Haque | May 28, 2021 | Reply

    • Alhamdulillaah, brother. Baarakallaahu Feekum

      Comment by MuQeet | May 29, 2021 | Reply

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