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Repenting after sinning is the trait of a Believer

Question

Who is this attributed to and please mention the reference?

سعيد الجريري، قال: قلت للحسن: يا أبا سعيد الرجل يذنب ثم يتوب، ثم يذنب ثم يتوب، ثم يذنب ثم يتوب حتى متى؟ قال: ما أعلم هذا إلا أخلاق المؤمنين

 

Answer

Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 6 pg. 201)

 

Translation

Sa’id ibn Iyas Al Jurayri (rahimahullah) asked Hasan Al Basri, O Abu Sa’id, [Tell me about] a person who sins and repents, sins again and repents, sins again and then repents, [for how long is he going to continue doing this]. Hasan Al Basri (rahimahullah) replied, ‘This is the character/trait of a Believer.’

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar