Faith Friday: Confessions of a Sinner

Friday, December 27, 2013



Some people hate the word "sin". I don't know why. Maybe it makes them feel judged. But I don't focus on that because I know I make mistakes. I know I have made bad decisions. I know I can be selfish, unforgiving and impatient. Being a sinner makes me human and vice versa because at some point we all have moments of weakness.

And while my weaknesses make me human, being human is not an excuse to not try my absolute best to improve myself, continue making mistakes and disregard what God says is right or wrong because I love Allah (swt) - my God, Creator, Sustainer, Protector, just to name a few. 

I'm here because of Him. Literally. I owe my existence to Him. 

So while others focus on feeling inadequate, judged, or helpless... 

By the way, they're all tricks to make you fall into despair and forget that God loves you and He can help you. He can even turn your bad deeds into good ones!

"And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him. And if He touches you with good - then He is over all things competent. And He is the subjugator over His servants. And He is the Wise, the Acquainted [with all]." {6:17-18}

We should focus on Al-Ghaffar. The Most Forgiving. We should focus on Ar-Rahman. The Most Merciful. Islam is not a religion of doom and despair. It's a personal connection between you and your Creator. As long as you're alive, able to think for yourself and can continue turning to Him sincerely for help and guidance, there's still hope. After all, the best sinners are those who turn to Allah in repentance.

"Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful. And he who repents and does righteousness does indeed turn to Allah with [accepted] repentance." {25:70-71}

It's the final Friday of 2013! Jumaah Mubarak :) 

5 comments:

Gary said...

Good morning Shahirah,
A very interesting post. How close our different faiths are eh?

LaiLa said...

SubhanaAllah, this post was really inspiring, it helped me so much, I can't explain with words how much I needed this. Specially today.

Thank you.

xoxo

Naqiah said...

You know that commonly used phrase, "Always think of Allah's mercy- that is bigger & greater than our sins"..

Indeed.

Ayisha said...

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Shahirah Elaiza said...

Alhamdulillah :) Good to know people could relate to this.