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9 Indications of Genuine Tawbah




What is true repentance?

Ibn Hajar mentioned that Qurtubi quoted 23 different definitions of true repentance (al-tawba al-nasuh) in his tafsir. Ibn Hajar mentioned the most important of these:


1. Umar’s words (Allah be pleased with him) that it is, “To sin and then never to return to it.”


2. To hate the sin, and the seek forgiveness for it every time it occurs to one, as Hasan al-Basri (Allah have mercy on him) said.


3. Qatada’s words (Allah have mercy on him), “To be genuine and truthful in one’s repentance,” which is what Imam Bukhari chose as the definition of true repentance in his chapter heading.


4. To have sincerity in one’s repentance.


5. To be concerned about one’s

repentance not being accepted.


6. To be such that it does not need another repentance after it.


7. To be made out of fear and hope, and be accompanied by consistency in worship.


8. Like the seventh, but with the added condition that one desert those who assisted one in sin.


9. That one’s sin be between one’s eyes. [f: That is, one does not forget it.] [Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari]

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