July 9th, 2008, 08:39
Join Date: Jun 2006
Re: Du'aa, Tawbah & Athkaar (Supplication, Repentance and Remembrances)
For an individual who has committed many sins, is it an obligation upon him to repent for each and every individual sin, or to repent generally - which would include all the sins which he committed??
The rights are in two categories: (1) the right due to Allaah سبحانه وتعالى and the (2) right due to the creation. Regarding the rights that are due to Allaah سبحانه وتعالى it is possible that one may do something which would make up for it, or it may not; or there may be a compensation in the legislation. If there is compensation then one should go ahead with it. If not, then he may make istighfaar (seek forgiveness) and tawbah (repentance) to Allaah سبحانه وتعالى for that sin.
As it relates to transgressing the rights of the human being, it is not absolved by making tawbah. The rights are never overlooked; they must be restored and given back to the human being. For example as it relates to wealth, if some money was taken unjustly or you transgressed against someone then you must return to them their haqq (right) as this is part of the conditions of tawbah. If it is difficult to return their right to them (and this also pertains to another question which was asked regarding the inability to locate the one to whom he owes money) then you should give sadaqah (charity) on his behalf and supplicate for him. This is as it relates to the rights of the human being.
As it relates to the tawbah of the slave between himself and Allaah سبحانه وتعالى - this should not be looked at in a joking manner. When an individual makes tawbah to Allaah سبحانه وتعالى he makes tawbah for every single sin committed. It is waajib to repent from every sin committed and to be remorseful for the sin committed and to make a strong resolve to never again return to the sin. These are three things which must be done regarding the sin committed between you and Allaah سبحانه وتعالى:
1. Acknowledge that you committed the sin.
Answered by: Shaykh Abdullah Al Ghuydaan
Title of Lecture: Question and answer session
Date of the Lecture: November 17th, 2007
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2. Be remorseful about the sin.
3. Have a strong resolve and intention to never commit that sin again.