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Salat al-Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)


Posted on Dec. 14, 2019

Salat al-Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)

Virtue: When a servant of Allah commits a sin, and he performs ablution well, and then stands and prays two rak'ahs, and asks pardon of Allah, Allah pardons him.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of Wudu'), every sin which he committed with his eyes, will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin which is committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins."

How to pray Salat al-Tawbah (Prayer of Repentance)?
Tawbah is a simple act of turning to Allah and asking for forgiveness. So the question still remains will Allah forgive any sin? and what about the most the gravest sins such as illegal sexual intercourse (Zina) or even worse than this?

Allah says in Surah Al-Zumar, verse 53:
Say, Oh my servant, the one who has wronged himself, do not despair from the mercy of Allah, indeed Allah forgives all sins, Indeed he is the oft-forgiving, The Most Merciful.

Conditions of Repentance:
1. Feel bad for what you have done, be sincere of the repentant. Mean it.
2. Stop the sin right here, right now! No more, give it up.
3. Make a strong resolution to never return to the sin.
4. If you have taken someone else’s property or rights, return it to them.

Steps:
1. Make Wudu
2. Offer 2 Raka’at Nafl Salat
3. Ask for forgiveness for the sin - whether major or sin, all sins.

Turn the bad deed into a good deed:
The Prophet (saw) said: Fear Allah wherever you are and follow up a bad deed with a good deed, Indeed the Good deed wipes away the bad. (At-tirmidhi)

What are Easy Good Deeds ?

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Reference: Sunan Abu Dawood Book 8 Hadith 1521, Sahih Muslim Book 9 Hadith 38