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To Postpone Repentance

Hadrat [1] Imam-i Rabbani says in the 66th letter of the second volume of his Maktubat:

Hadrat Ali 'radiy-Allahu anh' said, "Hadrat Abu Bekr 'radiy-Allahu anh' always told the truth. I heard him say that Rasulullah declared: "If a person who has committed a sin repents and performs ritual abluation and then performs salat [2] and then says istighfar (praying for forgiveness) for that sin of his, Allahu ta'ala will certainly forgive him; Allahu ta'ala declares in the hundred and ninth ayat [3] of Surat-un-Nisa: 'If a person commits a sin or torments himself and then repents and says istighfar, he will find Allahu ta'ala very merciful and forgiving'."

Rasulullah said in a hadith [4], "If a person commits a sin and then repents, this repentance of his becomes an atonement for his sin. That is, it causes him to be forgiven." He declared in a hadith: "If the sinful person says istighfar and repents, then does that sin again, then says istighfar and repents again, and then does it a third time and repents again, it will be recorded as a grave sin when he commits it the fourth time." He declared in a hadith: "Musawwifs (procrastinators) have perished." That is, those who put off repentance by saying, "I will repent later on," have suffered a loss. Loqman Hakim 'radiy-Allahu anh' was a Wali [5] or a Parophet. He advised his son by saying, "Sonny, do not put off repentance until tomorrow. For death catches one abruptly." Imam-i Mujahid says, "The person who does not say tawba (repentance) every morning and every evening torments himself."