Allah Seeks Repentance With Mercy
And keep up prayer and pay the poor rate and bow down with those who bow down.
[2. Surah Al-Baqarah : Ayah 43]
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri(Radi Allah Anhu)reported Allah’s Messenger(sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam)as saying: “There was a person before you who had killed ninety-nine persons and then made an inquiry about the learned persons of the world (who could show him the way to salvation). He was directed to a monk. He came to him and told him that he had killed ninety-nine persons and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: No. He killed him also and thus completed one hundred. He then asked about the learned persons of the earth and was directed to a scholar, who told him that he had killed one hundred persons and asked him whether there was any scope for his repentance to be accepted. He said: Yes; what stands between you and the repentance? You better go to such and such land; there are people devoted to prayer and worship and you also worship along with them and do not come to the land of yours since it was an evil land (for you). So he went away and he had hardly covered half the distance when death came to him and there was a dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment. The angels of mercy said: This man has come as a penitent and remorseful to Allah and the angels of punishment said: He has done no good at all. Then there came another angel in the form of a human being in order to decide between them. He said: You measure the land to which he has drawn near. They measured it and found him nearer to the land where he intended to go (the land of piety), so the angels of mercy took possession of it. Qatada said that Hasan told him that it was said to them that as death approached him, he crawled upon his chest (and managed) to slip into the land of mercy.”
[Sahih Muslim : Book 37, Book Name Kitab Al-Tauba Number 6662]
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Qatada with the same chain of transmitters but (with this variation of wording):” Allah commanded the earth (from where) he wanted to come out to move away and to the other earth (where he wanted to go) to draw nearer.”
[Sahih Muslim : Book 37, Book Name Kitab Al-Tauba Number 6664]
Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) as saying: He who seeks repentance (from the Lord) before the rising of the sun from the west (before the Day of Resurrection), Allah turns to him with Mercy.
[Sahih Muslim : Book 35, Book Name Kitab Al-Dhikr Number 6525]
Abu Musa(Radi Allah Anhu) reported Allah’s Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam)as saying that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, Stretches out His Hand during the night so that the people repent for the fault committed from dawn till dusk and He stretches out His Hand during the day so that the people may reprint for the fault committed from dusk to dawn. (He would accept repentance) before the sun rises in the west (before the Day of Resurrection).
[Sahih Muslim : Book 37, Book Name Kitab Al-Tauba Number 6644]
Our Lord! grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.