If One commits a mistake, admit and seek Pardon

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem

Taken from ‘Discourses on Islamic Way of Life’ By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani hafidullah (Darul-Ishaat)

If one commits a mistake, one should admit it and seek pardon for it

  If a man commits a mistake on account of his weakness as a man, but admits his mistake and expresses regret and remorse for it and asks for forgiveness then merciful Allah forgives him. It is a heinous sin to deny the mistake commited and to insist on it, particularly before the Prophet (Salalahu alayhi wa salam) of Allah.

  The Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) hardly cursed anyone. He (salalahu alayhi wa salam) did not curse even his enemies. In respect of his arch-enemies he (salalahu alayhi wa salam) prayed:

“O Allah! Guide my community, because they do not know me.”

  As regards this hypocrite, the Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam) was informed through a revelation that he was refusing to eat with his right hand because of his hypocrisy and enmity, and that there was no disability with him. Due to this the Holy Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam cursed him which was at once accepted by Almighty Allah.(This is in reference to the discussion on eating with ones right hand, but I did not add this due to length)

It is not right to insist upon one’s mistake

  Hazrat Dr. Abdul Hai Sahib rahimahullah alayh used to say: If a man calls upon saints and godly men in a state that he is addicted to bad habits and is a sinner, there is no harm. it is, however, very serious and harmful to tell lies to these saintly men and to insist upon their sins. To tell lies to the Prophets of Allah (alayhum salam) is much more dangerous and heinous. Sometimes Allah discloses the secrets of such men to the successors of the Prophets alayhum salam. To illustrate this Dr. Sahib rahimahullah alayh related an incident concerning Hazrat Thanawi rahimahullah alayh. Once Hazrat Thanawi rahimahullah alayh was delivering a sermon. In the gathering a man was sitting in an arrogant style, supporting his back against the wall and spreading out his legs. To sit in a gathering in such a style is against the etiquettes of assemblies. In order to correct the person, Hazrat Thanawi rahimahullah alayh took objection to the man and told him that it was against the etiquettes of an assembly to sit in that way and that he should sit with due regard and discipline. Instead of doing the needful, the man said that he was suffering from pain in his waist. Perhaps by this reply he wanted to say it was wrong to warn him, as the sheikh rahimahullah was not aware of his pain. Hazrat Dr. Sahib rahimahullah alayh told us that Hazrat Thanawi rahimahullah alayh bent down his neck for a while and closed his eyes. Then raising up his neck he said to the man: You are lying. You have no pain in your waist, you should get up and leave the assembly.

  It appears that sometimes Allah informs His righteous servants of hidden things and conditions. it is, therefore, very dangerous to tell lies to, and deceive saintly men. Instead, if by chance a sin is committed the sinner should regret the sin and seek repentance. Allah will by His Mercy, Forgive that sin or mistake.

 People contacted the man who had been turned out of the assembly and asked him to tell the fact. he admitted that he had no pain in his waist; he had told a lie to the Sheikh to justify his sitting. What the Sheikh said was true.


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