Tawba is the first step for a Salek (Traveler of the Road of Allah Ta’la). Thus we felt important to depict what is Tawba-tun-Nasuha (Pure Repentance):
“O The Believers! Repent towards Allah Ta’la with Tawba-tun-Nasuha (Pure Repentance). It is expected that your Lord would eradicate all your sins and place you in Jannah, underneath of which river flows.” Sura Tahreem: 08
In the Ayat good news and salvation had been promised for Tawba-tun-Nasuha.
According to Hazrat Hasan Basri R, to repent for past sins and pledge not to repeat those in future. Hazrat Qalbi R states: Tawba-tun-Nasuha is seek forgiveness orally, repent by heart and refrain the limbs from those sins in future. (Maariful Qur’an)
My dear friends! There is a great news regarding Tawba, which many people don’t understand; many don’t even know it.
If any sin is occurred by someone today – and he makes Tawba as mentioned above, Inshallah he will be forgiven. If the same person commits the same sin again in future this sin doesn’t refute (Because that had been a pure one – bearing no intention of performing sin again) the previous Tawba! He must again sincerely perform Tawba.
If it repeats, i.e. if the person again performs the same sin….he must again, yes: again sincerely perform Tawba. Inshallah the Most Gracious will grant his repentance.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhiwa Sallam has informed his Beloved Ummah:
“All men are sinners, better among those sinners are the ones who perform Tawba”
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaiyhiwa Sallam has informed through another Hadith:
“One who seeks forgiveness after committing sin, even if s/he commits the sin seventy times on a day, still the individual would not be treated as defiant against sins.”
If you are not performing Tawba, you are becoming steadfast on your sins!
On the other hand, performing every Tawba would cleanse your heart every time and make you pure Inshallah. Remember the Condition! Every Tawba must bear the intention of not performing the sin again. Only then can it be considered Pure.
May Allah Ta’la bless us with Tawba tun Nasuha –Ameen.