In the Islamic perspective, a Sin is an act which goes against Allah Almighty’s commands. Human being commits sins no one is perfect, it is part of human nature. Sin is something to be avoided as they not only harm us but also distract us from the purpose and aim of our life as well. All mankind, whether Muslim or not escaped from Sins. We all are human beings and we all commit sins and make mistakes in our lives. As a human being sometimes, we tend to lose the right path for a while and commit sins and then repent towards Allah (SWT) for seeking forgiveness.
After committing a sin, a person who fears Allah Almighty and gives high respect to Him would feel a sense of grief and misery. For these people Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran: “Do not despair of God’s mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins” (Quran, 39:53).
Seeking forgiveness from Allah Almighty with repentance is a virtue. Human beings are not perfect. Forgiveness is a critical aspect of Islam as everybody makes mistakes in life and unintentionally commits sins. Muslims believe that Allah is Merciful and Forgiving. In religion Islam, anyone who has committed sin can ask forgiveness directly from the Lord, there is no one between Allah and the one who is asking forgiveness from Him.
Below mentioned are a few Quranic verses that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has told us about which can be recited for seeking forgiveness for our sins from Almighty Allah.
- Recite Surah Yunus which stated that: “They said: O our Lord, we have wronged ourselves. If you do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we shall certainly be lost.” (Quran, 10:85-86)
- Recite Surah Al-Ghafir for expiating your sins. “Indeed, the promise of Allah is the truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning.” (Quran, 40:55)
- Recite Surah Al-Araf for seeking Allah’s forgiveness. “They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.” (Quran, 7:23)
- Recite Surah Tehreem for seeking forgiveness of your sins. “O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow [on] the Day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet and those who believed with him. Their light will proceed before them and on their right; they will say, “Our Lord, perfect for us our light and forgive us. Indeed, You are over all things competent.” (Quran, 66:8)
- Recite verse 285 of Surah Baqarah for seeking Allah’s forgiveness. “The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, “We make no distinction between any of His messengers.” And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” (Quran, 2:285)
- Recite Surah Al-Mu’minun in which Allah Almighty says: “Indeed, there was a party of My servants who said, ‘Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us and have mercy upon us, and You are the best of the merciful.’” (Quran, 23:109)
- Recite Surah Al-Imran verse 193 of Holy Quran. “Our Lord, indeed we have heard a caller calling to faith, [saying], ‘Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. Our Lord, so forgive us our sins and remove from us our misdeeds and cause us to die with the righteous.” (Quran, 3:193)
- Recite Surah Ibrahim which stated that: “Our Lord, indeed You know what we conceal and what we declare, and nothing is hidden from Allah on the earth or in heaven.” (Quran, 14:38)
- Recite verse 24 of Surah Al-Isra. “And look after them with kindness and love and say: ‘O Lord, have mercy on them as they nourished me when I was small.’” (Quran, 17:24)
The above-mentioned are some of the Quranic verses that we can recite to seek Allah’s forgiveness. May Almighty Allah forgive us all grant us willpower to stay away from sins and accept our repentance. Ameen!