Regretting over a sin is tawbah


Kindly inform me if this is a Hadith?

“Regret [over a sin, due to it being a sin] is repentance”



Yes, this is a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) recorded in the following Hadith collections on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu):

  1. Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4252
  2. Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 376
  3. Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 612-613
  4. Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 243

Imams Ibn Hibban and Hakim (rahimahumallah) have declared the Hadith authentic. ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) concurs. Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) has graded the Hadith sound (hasan).

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 7507, vol. 13 pg. 471)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar