What Does the word forgiveness mean to you dear ones..? :) Some might say that forgiveness means freeing our anger, frustration, disappointments & etc towards a person from our heart, mind & soul. While others might term it as the economy of the heart, forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. Forgiveness definitely will not be able to change our past dear ones as what has been done & said can't be unwind but it can InsyaALLAH bring us all a better brighter future~ :)
To some, forgiveness is only seek during a certain festive season or perhaps a certain month in the Islam Calendar~ There is of course nothing wrong with that but how ever, have you ever thought about the possibility of us not being able to live that long dear ones..? We all know one thing is for sure, death knows not age, time nor place~ And as a consequences of that, what if we or the ones we love are not able to live that long to be able to see or be there during that certain month..? :)
As a human being it is commonly known that that we tend to make mistakes, no one's perfect right dear ones? :) Sometimes we make mistakes without deliberation and intention. However, at times we deliberately sin and do wrong to others. It is said, “to err is human and to forgive is divine.” Both parts of this statement are very true. As human beings we are responsible, but we do also make mistakes and we are constantly in need of forgiveness :)
a) Allah's forgiveness:
Allah Ta'ala is The Most Forgiving. He will forgive everyone who seek for forgiveness.
b) Human forgiveness:
We cannot expect for Allah's forgiveness unless we also forgive those who do wrong to us. Forgiving each other, even forgiving one's enemies is one of the most important Islamic teaching. Allah says in the Quran: "those who avoid major sins and acts of indecencies and when they are angry they forgive" (al-Shura 42:37)
TYPES OF FORGIVENESS...
a) We forgive someone when we are unable to take vengeance - this kind of pardon is in fact, tantamount to patience and forbearance and not to forgiveness. It is a kind of tolerance.
b) We forgive someone when we have the power to take revenge - the forgiveness desired by Islam and its leaders relates to this kind. It is mentioned in the Holy Qur'an that: "Turn to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn aside from the ignorant" (7:199)
"And if a false imputation from Shaitan afflicts you, seek refuge in Allah; surely He is Hearing, Knowing" (7:200)
"Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straightness, and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others)"(3:134)
The Messenger of Allah said: "The best deed before Allah is to pardon a person who has wronged you, to show affection for relatives who have broken ties with you, and to act generously towards a person who has deprived you". Thereafter he recited the following holy verses: "Turn to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn aside from ignorant" (7:199).
WHY FORGIVENESS IS IMPORTANT?...
Forgiveness is important for several reasons. Never doubt the beauty, power & impact that forgiveness can give upon each one of us dear ones~ If one desires to be forgiven for his offenses he must learn to forgive others. If one seeks forgiveness from Allah, he should learn to forgive others. If one desires that Allah overlook his weaknesses, he should learn to overlook weaknesses of others.
1. For the after-life or the life in the Hereafter - seeking forgiveness is a sign of humility and forgiving others is a sign of magnanimity.
2. It brings happiness in the worldly life - psychologically, it brings happiness, in addition, forgiving improves the relations with other people by bringing good reputation and respect.
Thus, Why Wait for any specific days to seek for forgiveness dear ones? ;) We will never know for sure when ALLAH swt might just decide to take us or our love ones away from earth~ Hence with this, I'd like to take the opportunity to seek for forgiveness from each & everyone of you dear ones whom I might've done wrong~ :)
Azhak Allah sinnaka (May Allah keep you cheerful)
Hayyak Allah (Allah maintain your life)