“Race with one another towards forgiveness from your Rabb and towards Paradise the width of which spans the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious).”
[Ali Imran 3:133]
Allah s.w.t. tells us to rush and compete with one another in attaining His maghfirah. What it means in simple BM is jangan tunggu2, jangan tangguh2. When it comes to making istighfar and tawbah, do not wait. Do not postpone.
Alhamdulillah that we keep ourselves busy with good deeds, but what’s more important is for us to ask and beg Allah to forgive our sins and any shortcoming. We need to remember to stay humble when doing good deeds, because we don’t know if they’re accepted. But be certain that all the sins we do – big and even small, tiny ones – all of them are recorded, and we will be held accountable on the DoJ unless Allah grants us His Rahmat.
Remember the hadith of the 3 men stuck in a cave, and they asked Allah that if He was pleased with the deeds they did, to release them from the cave? In the same way, ask Allah s.w.t. that if He is pleased with the good deeds that we have been struggling to do for His sake, that He forgives and covers all of our sins and mistakes. This was a golden advice from my teacher, may Allah s.w.t. preserve him, that I hold very dear.
“Our Rabb! We have wronged ourselves. If You forgive us not, and bestow not upon us Your Mercy, we shall certainly be of the losers.” [Al-A’raf 7:23]
May Allah s.w.t. give us an easy reckoning on the Day of Judgment.