Lesson # 384
Forgiveness for them who repent and do right
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 89 of 200, Section – 9 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
89. Save those who afterward repent and do right. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
89. ‘Illal-laziina taabuu mim-ba’-di zaalika wa ‘aslahuu; fa-‘innAllaaha Gafuurur-Rahiim.
Those persons are not rightful to be forgiven in any condition, who (the wicked-doers and the sinners) have been described in the previous verses. However, God Almighty is Forgiving and Merciful. To Him, if any wrongdoer repents sincerely even after such severe errors and rebels, and intends to adopt good conduct in future, then his all errors are forgiven.
Allah Almighty has kept room of repentance for them and they have been given time that if they refrain from the wickedness, leave the evildoing and adopt the right path, then God Almighty will bestow them forgiveness, ignoring their errors. This verse manifests the Mercy of Allah Almighty.
There are many causes of depravity. The human being uses to go astray in ignorance, bad company, worldly love, improvidence, opposition or stubbornness etc, and does not think about his custom. He does not draw his attention to correct his conduct. But when either he stumbles or hears any sound of advice from somewhere or he meditates himself upon his own circumstances of life, then suddenly he feels that he is going astray, repents upon previous deeds, is ashamed and tries to finish his sins all at once. He wants to be pure from impurity and sins, becomes attentive towards God Almighty, wishes to implore earnestly and humbly before Allah Almighty for forgiveness reproaching upon his shortsightedness, and intends firm to adopt the path of goodness in future. Allah Almighty accepts his repentance and covers him in His shadow of blessings. It is the luck of human being that God Almighty has kept space of repentance for him and bestowed him time to incline towards the goodness.
On the contrary, if no one reaps advantage from this opportunity, then who else will be more wretched and unlucky than him?
Tawbah – (Repentance), this word has been used in the Holy Qur’aan many times. Literally, it means to come back, to return and to consider. So it is commanded Tuubuu ‘ilaa Baari-‘ikum (“return the attention to your God), and gave the good news that the people who recourse to Me, I become attentive towards him (“‘a-tuubu ‘alayhi”).
First condition for repentance is that the person should perceive about his mistake, feel shame, regret on it, and determine to leave it and abstain from it. God Almighty accepts such repentance. He is Forgiving and Merciful.