Tawbah – Repentance – Astaghfaar – Salat-ul-Tawbah

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Publié le 22 février 2023, par Samir | 13 h 41 min
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Tawbah is an Arabic word that means repentance or turning back to Allah. In Islamic theology, tawbah refers to the act of recognizing and regretting one’s sins, seeking forgiveness from Allah, and having a firm intention to abstain from those sins in the future.

The concept of tawbah is an essential aspect of the Islamic faith, as it acknowledges that humans are fallible and prone to making mistakes but also emphasizes the possibility of forgiveness and redemption through sincere repentance and seeking Allah’s mercy.

Tawbah – Repentance – Astaghfaar – Salat-ul-Tawbah

Many hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH) mention the importance of tawbah. One such hadith is reported by Abu Hurairah, who narrated that the Prophet Muhammad said:

« Allah (SWT) rejoices more over the repentance of His slave than one of you who finds his lost camel in the desert. » (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

This hadith highlights the great value that Islam places on repentance and the joy that Allah feels when His servants return to Him in sincere repentance. 

5 Stages of Tawbah

1. Acknowledge and feel remorse for your sins. 

The first step in repentance is acknowledging and feeling remorse for your sins. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « Remorse is repentance » (Sunan Ibn Majah 4252). 

 2. Cease the sinful behavior

 After feeling remorse, the next step is to stop the sinful behavior. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « The one who repents from sin is like one who did not sin » (Sunan Ibn Majah 4250). 

 3. Make a firm intention not to commit the sin again 

 In addition to ceasing sinful behavior, one must firmly intend not to sin again. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « Whoever repents from sin is forgiven, and whoever repeats it is punished » (Sunan Ibn Majah 4251). 

 4. Ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness 

 Repentance also involves asking Allah (SWT) for forgiveness. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « Allah rejoices more over the repentance of His servant than a man who loses his camel in a desert land and then finds it » (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6309). 

 5. Perform good deeds to make up for the sin

 In addition to feeling remorse, ceasing the sinful behavior, making a firm intention not to commit the sin again, and asking Allah for forgiveness, one should also perform good deeds to make up for the sin. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « Follow up a bad deed with a good deed, for the good deed will wipe it out » (Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1987).

It’s important to note that sincere repentance is always accepted by Allah (SWT), regardless of the magnitude of the sin. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, « The one who repents from sin is like the one who did not sin » (Sunan Ibn Majah 4250). Therefore, one should never despair of Allah’s mercy and should always strive to repent and reform themselves.

Salat-ul-Tawbah – Prayer of Repentance

Salat ul Tawbah, also known as the prayer of repentance, is a voluntary prayer that Muslims can perform when seeking forgiveness for their sins. It is a way to seek forgiveness and repent to Allah for any wrongdoings or transgressions.

Salat ul Tawbah is not a mandatory prayer but is highly recommended in Islam. The prayer involves performing two rak’ahs (units) of prayer, in which the individual seeks forgiveness from Allah and makes a sincere effort to repent for their past mistakes. The person performing the prayer may recite any verses from the Quran, but some recommended verses are commonly recited during this prayer. 

It is important to note that while Salat ul Tawbah is a means of seeking forgiveness and repentance, it is also vital to make an effort to rectify any wrongs committed and strive to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.

Salat ul Tawbah, or the prayer of repentance, can be performed at any time. Here are the steps to perform Salat ul Tawbah:

  1. Make the intention to perform Salat ul Tawbah. 
  2. Perform Wudu, the ritual ablution before prayer. 
  3. Find a clean and quiet place to perform the prayer. 
  4. Begin the prayer with the opening supplication, saying « Allahu Akbar » (God is the greatest) to start the prayer. 
  5. Recite Surah Al-Fatihah, the first chapter of the Quran. 
  6. Recite any other verses or Surahs of the Quran, or make a sincere dua (supplication) seeking forgiveness from Allah for any sins committed. 
  7. After the first rak’ah (unit), stand up and perform the second rak’ah like the first. 
  8. Conclude the prayer with the Salam, saying « Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah » (Peace and mercy of Allah be upon you) to end the prayer. 

It’s important to note that no fixed set of verses or supplications needs to be recited during Salat ul Tawbah. Muslims can recite any verses or make any dua in which they seek forgiveness from Allah and ask for His mercy and blessings.

Benefits of performing Salat ul Tawbah in Islam:

  • Seeking forgiveness: Salat ul Tawbah is a way to seek forgiveness from Allah for any sins committed. This helps to relieve the guilt and burden of past mistakes and provides a sense of inner peace and tranquility. 
  • Purification of the heart: Salat ul Tawbah helps to purify the heart and soul and strengthens the bond between the individual and Allah. It is a way to show remorse and regret for past mistakes and to make a sincere effort to reform one’s behavior. 
  • Increased spirituality: Performing Salat ul Tawbah can increase a person’s spirituality and bring them closer to Allah. It is a way to reconnect with the Creator and seek His mercy and blessings. 
  • Protection from punishment: Seeking forgiveness through Salat ul Tawbah can protect a person from punishment in the hereafter. It is a way to show humility and submission to Allah and seek His forgiveness and protection. 
  • Strengthening of faith: Salat ul Tawbah can strengthen a person’s faith and belief in Allah. It is a way to demonstrate trust in Allah’s mercy and forgiveness and to rely on Him for guidance and support. 

In conclusion, performing Salat ul Tawbah is a way to seek forgiveness and repent to Allah and can have numerous benefits for a person’s spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being. 

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