It’s interesting how we correct our mistakes while scribing with different tools of writing. What’s even more interesting are the different ways we employ to correct our mistakes.

For instance:

  • Some of us would simply strike out the mistake and continue with writing.
  • Some would use the correction pen and rewrite over it.
  • Some would tear off the whole page and rewrite the whole thing from the beginning.

This perhaps to some extent tells us about the way we correct the mistakes we make in our lives.

There is no doubt that man by his nature is compelled to correct himself and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. What is fascinating is the way one adopts to do it.

Those among us who would simply strike off a mistake leaving it noticeable for others to see it clearly are perhaps those who believe ‘to err is human.’

Although, some would cover up their mistake with the ink of the pen so much so that nothing can be seen or understood from it except the knowledge that there was a mistake. What was it will remain a mystery.

Those who use the correction pen are one step ahead and are more organized i.e. their mistakes should not be seen while their correction should be clearly seen.

The strangest of all are those who would tear off the whole page on realizing that somewhere while writing they made a single mistake.

Now, if life were to be substituted with paper and our actions were words written on it then which type of a person will we prefer to be?

Without a doubt, we won’t want others to know the mistakes we’ve made. The words that Islam has stipulated to seek forgiveness certainly make sense about this nature. We say ‘Astaghfirullah’ (I seek Allah’s forgiveness) when we commit a mistake. The word ‘Ghafara’ linguistically means ‘to cover’ and by saying “Astaghfirullah” we’re asking Allah to cover up our sins!

Seek Allah’s Forgiveness, for when Allah covers up none can expose it!