The following hadith moved
me deeply when I read it, and I should not be surprised if it has the same
effect upon you. Ahmad, Abu Ya’la, Al-Bazzar, and At-Tabaraani all related the
"Leaning on a cane, an
old man came to the Prophet (bpuh) and said, ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, I have perpetrated
treacherous and wicked deeds. Will I be forgiven?’ The Messenger of Allah said,
‘Do you bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and
that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah?’ The man said, ‘Yes, O’ Messenger of
Allah.’ The Prophet said: ‘Verily, Allah has forgiven you for your treacherous
and wicked deeds.’ The man departed and said, ‘Allah is the Greatest, Allah is
There are certain
conclusions, or facts if you will, that one should take away from this hadith.
One of them is the vastness of Allah’s Mercy. Another is that accepting Islam
or making repentance wipes out past sins. Yet another is this: mountains of
sins are nothing compared to the forgiveness of the One Who knows everything.
And finally, it is imperative for you to have a good opinion of your Lord along
with being hopeful of His comprehensive generosity and His far-reaching mercy.