Will you give information about delusions regarding repentance? I repented but I committed the same sin again. Then I repented again. Will my repentance be accepted?

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I repented but I committed the same sin again. Then I repented again. I am worried that my repentance will not be accepted again. Can you help me?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Allah states that He will accept the repentances made with a sincere intention. There is nothing to doubt about it; one should not be deceived by Satan’s tricks. Satan causes delusions in order to make man commit sins again. He tries to cause delusions in man’s heart by saying, "Your repentance has not been accepted" "You are dead" "You cannot get rid of sins" "You have committed sins already; you cannot get rid of them from now on" "Do not repent in vain", etc. Thus, he tries to drag man into sins again.

It is necessary not to fall into despair in such cases. The trick of Satan is definitely weak; man should be alert and should not be deceived by Satan’s trick. It is necessary to know that thoughts like that are Satan’s words and not to feel anxious. When man notices it, delusions disappear spontaneously.

Anas radiyallahu says, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) state the following:

‘Allah said: O son of Adam! Verily as long as you call upon Me and have hope in Me, I forgive you no matter how many sins you have committed and how big they are. O son of Adam! Were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and you sought forgiveness from Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam! If you came to me with sins nearly as great as the earth, and you met Me not associating any partners with Me, I would come to you with forgiveness nearly as great as the earth.’” (Tirmidhi, Daawat 98)

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