The generosity of Allah knows no bounds. This lunchtime, inbetween prayers at the masjid, I was found pondering upon my sins. However would He forgive me, I asked myself, their memory fleeting in and out of my mind. I reminded myself that God’s mercy is not like human mercy; that while man might weigh the burden too great, God can forgive all sins.
I recalled once more the words that speak of His love of repentance which I have returned to a thousand times before. But I recalled too the words of a scholar of the past about companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who used to fear that neither their deeds nor their repentance would be accepted. Though I raised my hands to ask for His forgiveness, I could not help wondering if my debt really was now too great.
But the generosity of Allah knows no bounds. Here in my inbox on my return to work there is a message from a complete stranger, answering those private thoughts. ‘Every son of Adam is a sinner,’ reads the quotation from our Prophet, peace be upon him, ‘but the best of the sinners are the Repenters.’ And, ‘Allah is more overjoyed with the repentance of one of you, than you would be if you had lost your camel in the desert and then found it…’
The generosity of Allah knows no bounds.