Oh Allah, You love forgiving, Forgive me
Tomorrow we are entering to the last ten days of the Ramadan. The last ten days of Ramadan is special; for our“Prophet (S) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar(waistcloth)”; [i] the occurrence night of power; the first revelation of Qur’an. The night of Power or Night of Qadr, on the day when the first revelation of Qur’an came is being attributed with a benefit of 1000 nights by Allah, The Clement. Aisha (r) asked Prophet (S) what to do on the day of Qadr, so the Prophet (S) told her to Allah, The Most Compassionate asks for forgiveness.
‘To err is human and to forgive is divine’ is a common quotation we often hear. It is true that human beings have an inclination towards evil and committing sin. And Allah, The Most Merciful loves to forgive, for he is Al Ghafoor (The All forgiving), Al- ‘Afuw (The Effacer of sins), At – Tawwab (The Acceptor of Repentance), and so on.
Ramadan is a time where there is a chance for sins to get forgiven more than in other months due to its virtues, and the Day of Qadr, more than any night. Prophet (S) taught us a great prayer (Dua’) to supplicate on the day of Qadr. It is recommended to supplicate often during all the times, especially during the month of Ramadan, in the last ten days of it, and during the odd nights of it even more so.
Aisha (r) asked prophet (S): “O Messenger of Allah! If I find the night of Al- Qadr what should I say” Prophet (S) said: say: “O Allah! Verily, You are the Oft Pardoning, you love to forgive, so forgive me”[ii]
The Dua explains the love of Allah, The Subtly Kind, to human beings, because He has ascribed one of His name and His attribute for the benefit of human beings. The Prayer affirms that Allah, is Oft – Forgiving, and that he loves to forgive. And what human beings is want of all the time in their life is forgiveness from Allah, The Ever forgiving. Now it does not matter the amount of sins you do. Asking forgiveness with Tawhid and sincerity is enough, for Allah, The Loving have mentioned that He would forgive if the sins are ‘to reach the clouds of the sky’[iii]or ‘nearly as great as the Earth’[iv]or that which ‘fill the heavens and the earth[v].
Now it is time for us, sinners to ask forgiveness, with sincerity, leaving the sins forever and never returning back to it.
[i] Al-Bukhari and Muslim
[ii]These wordings are from Imam Ahmed in his Musnad. At- Tirmidhi, An- Nasa’I and Ibn Majab have all recorded this Hadith. At-Tirmidhi said, “This Hadith is Hasan Sahih.” Al-Hakim recorded it in his Mustadrak (with a different chain of narration) and he said that it is authentic according to the criteria of the two Shaykhs (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Imam al- Albanee classed it ‘Sahih’
[iii] At-Tirmidhi Al- albanee classed it as Sahih
[v] Classified as authentic by Al-Albani in Sahîh Aj-Jami’