قل يا عبادي الذين أسرفوا على أنفسهم لا تقنطوا من رحمة الله إن الله يغفر الذنوب جميعا إنه هو الغفور الرحيم
Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [39:53]
- This ayah is about sinners who have crossed all limits, and have lost all hope and do not expect any good.
- Yet, Allah SWT does not address them as “O sinners,” but rather as “O My servants.” This shows the love Allah has for His slaves and He will accept their repentnce.
- First Allah tells them not to depsiar of His mercy. رحم is used for a womb of the mother. No one is more caring and merciful to a child than the mother. Allah is far more merciful than even a mother.
- The person may still have doubt. Inna, is called idhalatus shak and is used to remove doubt. Allah SWT then mentions His name followed by the marker He. Effect: There is no doubt, it is Allah, it is in fact HE, who…
- He forgives — means to protect someone from the consequences of their action.
- ذنب is used for a sin which is embarrassing, whether small or large.
- The و means that it does not matter how embarrassing or large the sin is. This is followed by the adjective, all of them.
- Lesson: Regardless of how big your sins are, you should never ever think that Allah SWT will not forgive you.
Shaqiq Al-Balakhi was 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.”