The corrupt environments that surround you and the different temptations that face you may subdue some of you, so one may get off-track, slipping into the abyss of disobeying Allah Almighty and moral and behavioral degradation. Rather, he may even thrust himself into it, having severed his ties with his glorious past and pristine roots.
But all of this does not mean that the gate of mercy is closed in his face and the path is blocked for his return: Allah, Praise and Exaltation belong to Him, through His bounties, favor and wisdom, has kept the gate of repentance and forgiveness-seeking open for His servants and did not close them no matter in what condition they may be, how bad their deeds are, how dark the pages of theirbook of deeds may be. If one of them repents, returns to Him and seeks His forgiveness, He accepts his repentance and forgives his past sins without conditioning it with any limitations, time periods or conditions.
The most Exalted One has said, "Say: “O My servants who have transgressed against their own souls! Do not despair of Allah's mercy, for Allah forgives all sins; He is oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Turn to your Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (will) before the penalty comes upon you: After that, you will not be helped” (Qur'an, 39:53-54). He, the Great One, has also said, "He is the One Who accepts repentance from His servants and forgives sins, and He knows all that you do” (Qur'an, 42:25); "And whosoever repented after his wrongdoing and amended (his ways), Allah shall surely forgive him; surely Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur'an, 5:39); and also "Plead foryour Lord's forgiveness, for He is oft-Forgiving” (Qur'an, 71:10).
In a tradition narrated by Jabir, Imam al-Baqir (peace be upon him) says, "One who repents from his sin, he is as though he did not sin." In the reliable narration ofal-Sukuni, Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) quotes his forefathers citing the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) as saying, "There is a medicine for every ailment, andthe medicine of sins is seeking [Allah's] forgiveness." And there are many such holy traditions; so, take advantage of this opportunity, return to your Lord, repent to Him, enter the gate of His mercy and do not despair.
If a servant of Allah repents, and if after that his evil-inciting self-overcomes him and Satan causes him to fall again, so he returns to sinning, the gate of repentance is still not closed in his face after Allah Almighty had opened it for him. Rather, the gate remains open before him no matter how many times he repeats it, for Allah is most Forgiving, most Merciful. He loves His servants to maintain their link with Him and return to Him if Satan deceives him, so he sins and transgresses after which he repents and reforms and does not lose hope of His mercy.
In the authenticated narration of Abu Baseer, the latter is quoted as having asked Imam Abu Abdullah [al-Sadiq (peace be upon him)] about the verse: "O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance” (Qur'an, 66:8). The Imam (peace be upon him) said, "It is (in reference to) the sin to which there is never a return.” The narrator asked the Imam (peace be upon him), "Who among us never returns (to it)?!” The Imam (peace be upon him) said, "O Abu Muhammad! Allah loves His servant who always returns to repentance."
And in a tradition narrated by Abu Jameela, the Imam (peace be upon him) is cited as having said, "Allah loves His servant who is enticed (to sinning) and then repents, but one who is not so (i.e. one who is not enticed to sinning) is surely better than him."
In the authenticated narration of Muhammed ibn Muslim, Imam al-Baqir (peace be upon him) is quoted saying to him, "O Muhammed ibn Muslim! A believer's sins are forgiven if he repents them; so, let the believer work for what follows repentance and forgiveness. By Allah, this is the way of only people of faith.” The narrator asked the Imam (peace be upon him), "Suppose he returned to sinning after having repented, sought forgiveness, then repented again?!” The Imam (peace be upon him) said, "O Muhammed ibn Muslim! Do you see how a believing servant regrets having sinned, seeks forgiveness and repents, do you think that Allah does not accept his repentance?!” The narrator said that he answered saying, "But he has done so too many times! He sins then repents and seeks forgiveness!” The Imam (peace be upon him) said, "Just as the believer returned to seeking forgiveness and to repentance, Allah, too, returns to Him with His forgiveness. Allah is most Forgiving, most Merciful. He accepts repentance and forgives sins; so, beware of encouraging the believers to lose hope for Allah's mercy."
The believers, all of them, should therefore come to know Allah's blessing on them and forgiveness when He opened for them the gate of repentance and invited them to it; so they must respond to their Lord's invitation, return to Him and not permit Satan to take control of them and thus cause them to forget remembrance of Allah Almighty, or he may cause them to lose hope for His mercy so he, Satan, may achieve his vile objective and perfect his scheming, hurling them deeply into corruption and transgression without return.
We plead to Allah, the most Praised and Exalted One, to protect us from Satan and his schemes, and to help us abandon inattention and grant us success in order to avoid falling into extravagance; surely He is the most Forgiving, the most Merciful.
Wasaail Al-Shi'a, Vol. 11, pp. 258-59.
Ibid., Vol. 11, p. 354.
Ibid., Vol. 11, p. 357.
Ibid., Vol. 11, p. 364.
Ibid., Vol. 11, p. 363.