It is impossible for a person to remain free from sin or never make a mistake. However, if you want to be a good Muslim, you must reflect on all your actions and ask Allah's forgiveness, in addition, of course, to making sure that the situation doesn't happen again. Also try to increase the strength of your prayers for forgiveness by praying at the right times and using special words. If you want to seek even more forgiveness, you can perform acts of charity to purify your heart. Read on to understand more about how to proceed.
Method 1 of 3: Making a sincere request
Step 1. Identify what your sin or mistake was
The first step is always to identify the moment in which you distanced yourself from Allah's directions. Understand what you did, why you did it, and how it affected your life and the lives of others. Open your mind, think clearly and accept your mistakes and take responsibility for them.
- Remember that you are capable of making decisions, and that each choice you make has its own consequences, whether positive or negative.
- Sins cover the heart with a barrier and can separate you from Allah, but you can undo that separation by asking for forgiveness.
- Ask Allah for forgiveness for even the smallest of errors. Thus, you will be able to learn from them and improve as a person.
Step 2. Ask for forgiveness for really wanting it
Don't ask for forgiveness just for pressure from other people. It is possible for other fellow believers to instruct you as to what is right and what is wrong. These individuals may suggest that you ask for forgiveness for your sins, but your request will only take effect if you are sincerely sorry and really want forgiveness.
Include prayer for forgiveness in your daily praise routine so that you are always reflecting on your actions and seeking to improve as a person
Step 3. Honestly promise not to make the same mistake in the future
It is not possible to ask for forgiveness if you intend to repeat what you did in the future. Dedicate yourself completely to avoiding the behavior you are sorry for in the future, or your request for forgiveness will not be sincere and will not be heard by Allah.
For example, if you have told a lie to your brother, analyze why it is wrong and commit to not repeating that action in the future
Don't repeat the same sins. Even minor sins can lead to major sins, which in turn can cause you to end up distancing yourself from Islam.
Step 4. Acknowledge if someone has been affected by your sins or mistakes
Stop and reflect on your actions. If they have affected someone else, think about who the victim was and what the effect was. Once you understand the ramifications of what you've done, you need to ask for forgiveness from those involved.
- If your sin has violated someone else's rights, such as money or property, then those rights must be restored. For example, if you stole something, return it to the owner.
- If the sin involves slander, ask the affected person for forgiveness from the bottom of your heart. Apologize for what you said and ask her if she forgives you.
Step 5. Be grateful that you can ask for forgiveness
Never take Allah's forgiveness for granted. Praying for forgiveness without being truly repentant and committed to change will not do you any good. Believe in Allah and pray that he will help you. Remember what the Koran says:
- "Allah esteems those who repent and take care of purification." [Al Bácara, 2:222]
- "Adam obtained from his Lord some words of inspiration, and He forgave him, for He is the Redeemer, the Merciful." [2:37]
- "He said, Plead for your pardon to my Lord, for He is the Forgiving, the Most Merciful." [12:98]
Method 2 of 3: Finding the Right Time and Way to Pray
Step 1. Make the Sala
Pray with utmost sincerity and reverence to Allah. Pray the five obligatory prayers, if possible in a mosque, as the devout and peaceful environment can help a lot. Do not hesitate to perform the recommended additional rakats (Sunnah) and volunteers (Nafl) as they will count in your favor, especially if they are done consistently.
Salah is the secret to getting closer to Allah and should be prioritized in every Muslim's routine
Step 2. Ask Allah for forgiveness after prayers
After completing your Salah, ask for forgiveness. Offer your prayers at the right time, with the right attitude and devotion.
Allah says in the Koran: "And observe prayer at both ends of the day and at certain hours of the night." (Hud 11:114)
Praying two Salah rakats attentively can also help with your search for forgiveness. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "He who performs the religious cleansing correctly and prays at least two Salahs without neglect shall have all his sins forgiven." (Ahmad).
Step 3. Continue to ask Allah for forgiveness day and night
Depending on the seriousness of the sin committed, you may not receive forgiveness right away. This process is slow and involves personal development, which comes from within. Seeking forgiveness is a long and tiring process, but it will benefit you greatly in the long run.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Allah the Exalted will continue to stretch out His Hand during the night that the sinners of the day may repent, and will continue to extend His Hand during the day that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises in the west (the beginning of the Day of Judgment)." [Sahih Muslim]
Step 4. Use the different names of Allah that attribute his kindness and forgiveness
The most suitable names include Al-’Afuww (He who forgives), Al-Ghafoor (He who forgives) and Al-Ghaffaar (He who forgives often). Using one (or all) of these names can increase the potency of your prayers.
"The highest attributes belong to God; call on Him therefore" (Al-A’raaf, 7:180)
Step 5. Recite Dua for forgiveness
It is a prayer of supplication that can be recited as a special way of asking Allah for forgiveness. Some options include:
- "They said, O our Lord, we condemn ourselves, and if you do not forgive us, we will be wretched!" [7:23]
- Recite Astaghfirullah constantly. Repeat three times after each Salá, at least 100 times a day. This expression means "I seek the forgiveness of Allah".
- The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "He who says 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi' 100 times a day will be forgiven of all his sins, even if he has sinned as much as there is foam in the seas." [Sahih al-Bukhari 6405]
Method 3 of 3: Seeking Forgiveness Through Attitude
Step 1. Plan a fast during the month of Ramadan
This is the most important time for Muslims to demonstrate devotion to Allah, being considered the "month of forgiveness". Deepen your sincerity and your devotion in this moment to seek forgiveness for your sins.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The five prayers and one Jumu'ah to one another, and one Ramadan to the next Ramadan, is the atonement for what happens between them, as long as one avoids more serious sins." [Sahih Muslim]
Step 2. Perform good actions to delete bad ones
Focus your life on performing deeds appreciated by Allah, as good deeds outweigh bad ones [11:114]. So look for opportunities to help your neighbors on a daily basis.
For example, you can help a neighbor carry a heavy piece of furniture, give a ride to a co-worker who has a broken-down car, or buy a plate of food for a homeless person
Step 3. Give charity (Zakat)
This is another great way to get rid of your sins. In addition to feeling lighter, you'll improve someone else's life. Donate regularly to charity or volunteer your time with a charitable organization.
Tip: Remember that the desire and willingness to help are more important than values. If you can only donate R$ 10, that's fine!
Step 4. do the hajj if you have committed a serious sin and your condition permits.
The Haji is a religious pilgrimage that, when done for the first time, washes away all the individual's sins. However, this type of commitment is serious and lasting, requiring a lot of planning, which does not make it a realistic option for everyone.
This action is a great way out for anyone who has committed a serious sin and is looking for complete spiritual purification
Step 5. Do small acts that can help you seek forgiveness
Small moments of mindfulness during prayer, surrounding yourself with the right people, and the way you dress can change the way your request for forgiveness is received by Allah. Always be aware of the things you can do to improve your spiritual life.
- Say "Ameen". The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "When the Imaam says 'Ameen', say 'Ameen' back, for he who coincides with the angels in his supplication will have all his sins forgiven."
- Surround yourself with people who respect Allah. It is important to stay away from the bad company of people who distract you from the sacred path of Islam.
- Follow the dress code of Islam to remind yourself of Allah and the need for complete obedience.
- Avoid being around people who are bad influences, as this will make it difficult for you to stay on the spiritual path.
- Practice self-control to avoid sin in the future.