repentance

The Successful Pilgrim

It was said to Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī, “People say that the one who has been on Ḥajj is the one who is forgiven.” He said, “And the sign of this is that he leaves the evils he used to do.”

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Al-Tawbah article 70.

We can only repent

It is reported that Ṭalq b. Ḥabīb – Allāh have mercy on him – said, “The right of Allāh is too great and heavy for the creation to fulfill and the blessings of Allāh are too many to enumerate, but you should remain repentant, morning and evening.”

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Al-Tawbah article 62.

The signs of true Repentance

The great ascetic Shaqīq Al-Balakhī – Allāh have mercy on him – was once asked, “What is the mark of [true] repentance?” He replied, “Continued crying over past sins, deep fear of falling into them again, staying away from bad company, and keeping the company of good people.”

Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-‘Ilm article 2645.

The Softest Hearts

It is reported that Makḥūl – Allāh have mercy on him – said, “The people with the softest hearts are those who sin the least.”

Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol. 2 p344.

It is reported that ‘Awn b. ʿAbdillāh, the ascetic and jurist, said, “Sit with the repentant, for they have the softest hearts.”

Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol. 2 p192.

Relying on some deeds, forgetting others

It is reported that Abū Ayyūb Al-Anṣārī – Allāh be pleased with him – said, “A person might do a single good deed, rely on it and forget sins that he regards insignificant, but then meet Allāh (on the Day of Judgment) with those sins surrounding him. And a man might commit a sin, but never stop fearing its consequences, until he meets Allāh safe and sound.”

Al-Ḥāfidh Ibn Ḥajr, Fatḥ Al-Bārī, references this narration to Asad b. Mūsā’s Al-Zuhd. A slightly different wording is reported by Ibn Al-Mubārak in Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqā`iq Vol.1 p170.