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Assalamu alaykum.Please i do not really feel remorse when repenting.How does one feel great regret when repenting?i felt my degree of regrets aren’t strong enough to be called repentance


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

You should contemplate and think of the many bounties that Allah has blessed you with. Thereafter, you should reflect on how Allah has still blessed you with that very limb which you used to disobey Him. By contemplating on the mercy and kindness of Allah, and then thinking of how we defied him, a person will feel remorseful.

Sometimes ‘the ground has to be softened before digging’. Therefore, you should increase in the recitation of the Quran and Duruds.

Finally, even if you feel you are not remorseful, continue asking for even more forgiveness. The more you ask and reflect, the stronger the regret will become.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

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