An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

You turn, He turns, and success is yours!

The act of ‘turning to’ someone or something involves conscious participation on the part of the one who turns.  You cannot force a person to ‘turn to’ something when he is not ready or not willing to turn.

Or a person may be willing ‘to turn’ but his laziness may not let him do so. So you need to ‘put life’ into the person so as to make him active and lively.

Or someone may have the attitude of procrastination that makes him delay things even though he is aware that he needs to ‘turn to’ his business and attend to his important work.

The encouragement in Islam to turn to Allah in Tawbatun Nasuha, sincere repentance, is amazing. It prompts sinful souls to willingly and consciously turn to Allah who alone is worthy of forgiving the sins of people – He alone is the centre of the axis of our life and death.

Furthermore, the greatest motivation comes from the fact that Islam never restricts the benefits of Istighfaar to the forgiveness of sins. Once you turn to Allah and stay focused, you are showered with infinite blessings and privileges in this world itself.

In Chapter An-Noor 24: 31, Allah draws the attention of the believers in a very affectionate way:

وَتوبوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ جَميعًا أَيُّهَ المُؤمِنونَ لَعَلَّكُم تُفلِحونَ

“…….And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (Surah An-Noor 24: 31)

The Arabic word توبة ‘Tawbah’ translated as ‘Repentance’ comes from تاب ‘Taba’ which is very interesting if you would know.

Taba, which means ‘to turn to’ is not done in isolation. It is a two-way activity in Islam.

You turning to Allah, and Allah turning to you.

So the word تاب Taba is used in relation to you, and Allah as well.

When you turn to Allah in repentance, realizing your guilt and sins, seeking His forgiveness, it is Taba for you.

And when Allah turns to you, showering His mercy and forgiving your sins, then it is Taba for Allah.

Read the following Qur’anic verses carefully:

“And he who repents and does righteousness does indeed turn to Allah with [accepted] repentance.” (Surah Al Furqan 25: 71)

“Then Adam received from his Lord [some] words, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, it is He who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.” (Surah al Baqarah 2: 37)

Also read Al Mujadila 58: 13 and Al Muzzammil 73: 20.

That means, Tawbah cannot happen only with one person unless and until the One to whom you are turning to doesn’t turn to you. This makes us understand and realize the need to turn to Allah very often.

And, Subhanallah, Allah readily accepts the repentance of those who sincerely turn to Him. He is At-Tawwaab, ever Accepting of repentance.

“Do they not know that it is Allah who accepts repentance from His servants and receives charities and that it is Allah who is the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful?” (Surah At-Tawbah 9: 104)

“And it is He who accepts repentance from his servants and pardons misdeeds, and He knows what you do.” (Surah Ash-Shura 42: 25)

The delay is from our side. Otherwise the Almighty Lord is ever-ready to turn to us with all His choicest blessings!

To conclude, please have a second look at this ayah:

وَتوبوا إِلَى اللَّـهِ جَميعًا أَيُّهَ المُؤمِنونَ لَعَلَّكُم تُفلِحونَ

“…….And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (Surah An-Noor 24: 31)

Did you notice the word ‘Tuflihoon’ which means ‘the successful’?

If you want success, then seek sincere repentance.

NOW!……InshaaaAllah, before things become too late!

Sal-lal-laahu ‘Ala Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam.


Note: Click the image below to go to my Islamic Studies blog, Inshaallah. Jazakallaahu Khayra.



March 13, 2015 - Posted by | Reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. thank you for sharing this! jazakAllah khair

    Comment by hananon90 | March 13, 2015 | Reply

    • Barakallaahu feek

      Comment by MuQeet | March 13, 2015 | Reply

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