Question from Anonymous:
IF YOUR A MUSLIM AND YOU BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND EVERYTHING THAT IS SET BY HIM AND YOU DONT ALWAYS PRAY.. IS THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN REPENT TO ALLAH AND REGAIN YOU RELIGION? EVEN IF THIS PROBLEM HAPPENS MORE THAN ONCE?
Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Raheem – In the Name of God Most Gracious Most Merciful
Well the first step in the right direction is that you have realized that this is an issue that you have to fix...so good job! :) I have done a little research concerning your question...I hope that it will be of help. Most people wait to hear that they will be rejected by God and that there is little to no hope...this is definatly NOT the case in Islam. One of Allah (SWT)'s names is Al-Rahman, The MOST Merciful. He has Rahma (Mercy) on His Servants and He is also Al-Wadood, The MOST Loving.
In the Holy Quran, Allah (SWT) says:
"Tell them (O Muhammad ): 'O My slaves who have wronged their souls, do not despair of Allah's mercy, for Allah will forgive all the sins. He is indeed very Forgiving, very Compassionate, Turn to Him then, and obey Him (in all
your affairs).'" (Al-Zumar:53,54).
Do you see the Mercy and Love of God in this verse? But we first have to be able to see that we have sinned and try to fix that ailment that we have within our hearts. Just think of it on a tactile level. Your parents get you a brand smackin new car...do you have it in your heart to take the keys and drive off without the slightest thank you or even look? Of course not...hopefully not. If you were watching a movie and you saw a character in the movie act this way...what would be your first impression of this person? They have problems...they have hard hearts...nothing can really get to them.
We should both love Him and fear His wrath at the same time. Don't we have these types of feelings for our parents? We love them but fear their disapproval of us.
Just think...God has given us so much - do we ever think to thank Him? What other way is there to rightfully thank Him but to pray to him? Just think of how inconsiderate we are when we half-heartedly pray and sometimes we don't. We are human beings...we make mistakes. The Arabic word for human being is insan...this word comes from the same root as naseya...which means to forget...we do forget and we do ere...but we must realize that we do or else God will replace us with a people that will make mistakes and actually ask for forgiveness. What's the point in experiencing life if we don't make mistakes to understand from them?
Here is another proof from a Hadith Qudsi:
Son of Adam! If your sins were to reach the limits of the sky, and then you
seek My forgiveness, I shall forgive you, and I do not care. Son of Adam! If
you will bring sins equal in volume to the earth and then you meet Me (on
the day of Judgment) in the state that you would not have suggested partners
unto Me, I shall give you in return forgiveness equal to the volume of the
Now let's think of this on a more spiritual level. First off it is a commandment from our Creator to pray...it is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. These are one of our major foundational principles...without it how can you build sound faith? Just as if you are trying to build a building, how could you build this structure when the very foundations that it stands on are weak and breaking?
This question was posted online and thought that it might also help answer your question:
Question 1: I fall into a sin and then repent, but my base self overcomes me
and I fall into it again. Does this nullify my earlier repentance leaving
the previous sins intact, unforgiven?
Answer: In the opinion of the majority of scholars it is not conditional for
a repentance to be accepted that the penitent does not fall into the same
sin again. It is conditional that the sin be given up immediately and that
there should be true feelings of regret in the heart. This should be
accompanied by the firm intention not to fall into it again. Now, with these
conditions met, if he falls into it again, then this will be considered a
new sin altogether requiring a new repentance and with no connection with
those of the past.
I sincerely hope this helps...ask Allah (SWT) to make things easier for you strive to do the good because Heaven is surrounded by hardships and Hell is surrounded by easy delightful things...we must work hard to be good...everyone knows that! And just because you might think someone or some group of people are on top of things...they aren't always...this is part of our faith...we go up and down...just don't stay down and always look up...because when you do there are no limits! :) May Allah (SWT) make us of those that always climb the mountain of imaan and strive for the sake of Islam - Ameen.
If I have said anything wrong it is from myself and if I have said anything right it is from the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT).