Q: What are the conditions for sincere repentance?
A. It is mentioned in a Hadeeth that when a person seeks forgiveness from a sin, it is as if he did not commit that sin at all. Ask for forgiveness in your own language and your own words. At the time of seeking forgiveness (Taubah) keep the following points in mind:
* You should not be involved in the sin at the time of Taubah.
* You should have regret and remorse over your sins.
* You should promise Allah Ta'aala that you will not return to that sin again.
Any sin, irrespective of how big it is, is forgiven through making Taubah. Turn towards Allah and He will turn towards you.
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai