Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,
This post is not intended to explain Qur’an from my own (limited) understanding. Rather, these are merely my reflections of certain verses which I came across that left an impact on me when I was reciting the Qur’an.
“Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [25:70]
There is a beautiful recitation of this Suraah by Qari Mansoor Az-Zahrany which has been attached at the end of the post. I find that the highlighted part of the ayaah is amazing subhan’Allah. A lecture that I was listening to gave a brief tafseer on that ayaah. The Sheikh said that the Scholars’ understanding is that either:
- Allah will turn his sins into good deeds, OR
- The sinner becomes a better person and he/she performs many good deeds.
Masha’Allah, how merciful is He!! We commit sins daily knowingly or unknowingly but all He wants from us is that we turn back to Him and our sins are changed into good deeds! The conditions attached are (as stated in the ayaah itself):
- Believe in Islamic Monotheism
- Do righteous deeds
Umar Ibn al-Khattab (ra) relates that some prisoners were brought before Allah’s Messenger (saw) and amongst them was a woman who was frantically searching for someone in the crowd. When she found a baby amongst the prisoners, she took it in her arms, cradled it next to her chest and suckled it. So Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “Do you think that this woman would ever throw her child into the fire?” We said: ‘By Allah, Never!’ So he said: “Allah is more merciful to His believing servants than that mother could ever be to her child.”[Bukhari (10/426) & Muslim (18/80)]
Ibn Qayyim says in his Madarij al-Salikin:“The Heart, in its journey to Allah (swt) is like that of a bird:
Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the
head and two wings are sound the bird flies gracefully; if the
head is severed, the bird dies; if the bird loses one of its wings, it
then becomes a target for every hunter or predator.”