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The Arabic word for repentance is Taubah which translated literally means to return Repentance means to leave what Allaah has prohibited and to return to what he has commanded Allaah has encouraged the believers to repent with sincere repentance O you who believe Turn to Allah with sincere repentance Surah At-Tahrim Ayah 8 In another ayah Allaah has said But as for him who repented from polytheism and sins etc believed in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad saws and did righteous deeds in the life of this world then he will be among those who are successful Surah Al-Qasas Ayah67 So we should repent to Allaah and submit before him Indeed even the Prophet saws used to ask Allaah for his forgiveness even though he was the Prophet and was sinless We see that despite this he used to repent to Allaah more than 70 times a day O people make tawbah to Allah By Allah I make tawbah to Him more than seventy times each day Bukhari Even though the Prophet saws was never displeasing to Allaah he asked Allah for His forgiveness how much more so should the sinners The Prophet saws encouraged everyone to repent to Allaah as a means of purification from the sins The Prophet saws used to say every morning he used to ask Allaah for forgiveness at least 100 times Abdullah ibn Umar said We counted in a single sitting the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam saying one hundred times Rabbi-ghfir-lee wa tub alayya innaka anta-t-tawwabu-l-ghafoor My Lord forgive me and accept my repentance verily you are Acceptor of Repentance Oft-Forgiving Ahmad Abu Dawood Ibn Maajah And the best time for repentance is in the morning and the night in that we may start our day with repentance and end our day with repentance The Prophet saws has said Allah the Exalted and Glorious stretches out His Hand during the night so
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