To Postphone Repentance

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

Hadrat Ali 'radi-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 wodoo (rituel ablution) and then performs salat and then says istighfar [2] 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 [4]: '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 [5], "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 written down as a grave sin when he commits it the fourth time. " He declared in a hadith: "Musawwifs perished. " That is, those who put off repentance by saying, "I will repent later on," suffered a loss. Loqman Hakim 'radiy-Allahu anh' was an awliya [6] or a prophet. 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 [7] every morning and every evening torments himself. "


[1] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[2] Istighfar: prayer for repentance; prescribed prayer recited in order to entreat Allahu ta'ala for forgiveness.
[3] ayat: a verse of al-Qur'an al-kerim; al-ayat al-karima.
[4] sura(t): a Qur'anic chapter [a chapter of the Qur'an].
[5] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).
[6] Awliya: (pl. of Wali) a person loved by Allahu ta'ala.
[7] Tawba: (after committing a sin) to repent, to promise Allah not to do it again, to entreat Him for forgiveness. Everyone does his tawba by himself.