Qalbun Salim: Tawbah (Part 1)

So the magicians fell down prostrate.
They said: “We believe in the Rabb of Harun and Musa.”

(Fir’aun) said: “Believe you in him (Musa) before I give you permission?
Verily he is your chief who has taught you magic!
So I will surely cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides,
and I will surely crucify you on the trunks of date-palms,
and you shall surely know which of us (Fir’aun or the Rabb of Musa)
can give the severe and more lasting torment.”

They said: “We prefer you not over what have come to us
of the clear signs and to Him (Allah) Who created us.
So decree whatever you desire to decree,
for you can only decree (regarding) this life of the world.”
[Ta-Ha 20 : 70-72]

The ayat of when the magicians bravely stood up against the evil tyrant Fir’aun astonish the readers. Where did they find such strength in the face of a massive powerful figure, well known for his excessive cruelty towards everyone, and who will, without a doubt, cut off their limbs on opposite sides and then crucify them! What is the source of their fearlessness when just prior to this, they took Fir’aun as their everything, as their GOD when they swore:

“By the might of Fir’aun, it is we who will certainly win!”
[Ash-Shu’ara 26:44]

But after the magicians saw the signs of Allah through Musa AS, they replied to Fir’aun fearlessly:

“Verily! We have believed in our Rabb,
that He may forgive us our faults, and the magic to which you did compel us.
And Allah is better as regards reward in comparison to your reward,
and more lasting (as regard to punishment in comparison to your punishment).”
[Ta-Ha 20: 73]

Where did this sudden burst of courage come from? The source of their strength are indicated in the above ayah, which are:

1) Iman – they have fully, wholeheartedly, without a single doubt, believe in Allah and everything that He has revealed.
2) The desire for Allah’s Forgiveness – there is absolutely nothing else that they hope for, nothing more precious, except that Allah forgive their previous shirk and magic practices, for fighting Musa AS, and for every other type of sin.

The magicians know the value of Allah’s forgiveness, so much so, that they’re willing to let Fir’aun torture them in the most excruciating ways possible, as long as they remain in faith. They understand the immense value of an accepted tawbah. The magicians abandoned their status, their wealth, their lives – just for the sake of being forgiven by Allah. Someone who truly knows and understands the value of Allah’s forgiveness would be willing to do anything and absolutely everything to gain it.

So I remind myself, and then to others: Know that Allah’s forgiveness cannot be bought by our status, wealth and sinful way of life. Even if we own the whole planet and everything that it contains, and we have another planet of the same amount of richness – they will still not be accepted as ransom on the Day of Judgment.

“And if every person who had wronged possessed all that is on earth,
and sought to ransom himself therewith (it will not be accepted),
and they would feel in their hearts regret when they see the torment…”
[Yunus 10:54]

So be ready to abandon everything that will lead to Allah’s displeasure – our bad habits, our laziness, our evil thoughts about others, our sins of the tongue and limbs – everything, if we truly, desperately want Allah’s forgiveness. The forgiveness of Allah is not cheap. So never feel tired or lazy in our search of His forgiveness. And never feel secured nor feel that we have done enough.