Allah says in Quran i Kerim (Baqara 2:222) “Allah loves the repentant. He loves those who purify themselves.” Repenting means choosing to turn to Allah, ridding oneself of bad habits, purifying for the sake of Allah. As sufis, our biggest goal is to have a loving relationship with Allah. In order to have a relationship with Allah one of the actions that we partake in is asking for Allah’s forgiveness over and over again. Allah is complete, we are incomplete. It is said that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recited Esteferallah (O Allah forgive me) 100 times every day.
How do we know that when we ask for Allah’s forgiveness it has been accepted? Shaykha Muzeyyen says that “you stop doing the same actions that you are sorry for-habits such as anger, belligerence, vanity, bragging, jealousy, revenge, etc.are broken.” We turn away from being animalistic and turn toward being more loving. In this way, we stop believing we are right and start trusting in Allah.
It is when we stop saying I am right, I am good that we can begin to have a relationship with Allah. Allah Hu Akbar. Allah is Great. My Shaykh says that “when we say we are wonderful, or good, or right we are competing with Allah.” Instead of looking down upon an ant and contemplating how large and powerful we appear to be, look up at a mountain and contemplate it’s vastness and size and how little we are in comparison. All power belongs to Allah.
Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim. All praise belongs to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds: the Most Gracious the Most Merciful, Master of the day of Judgement. To you alone do we worship and to you alone do we ask for help. Show us the straight path, the path of those whom you have blessed; not the path of those who earn your anger or those who go astray. Quran (Al Fatiha)