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What does it mean to repent?

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I have understood that repentence means that a person is sorry for what they did and would not repeat the same deed if they were in the same circumstance as they were when they commited the bad deed. This person has new knowledge or experience or their character have improved. 

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1. Genuinely feel sorrow and regret for the action.

2. Seek forgiveness from the Creator.

3. Seek forgiveness from anyone who was harmed by the action - including yourself. If it's possible, make amends with the harmed person or people. 

4. Solemnly strive to avoid circumstances where there might be temptation to repeat the action.

Did I miss anything important? 

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For me it is..

Feel you were wrong

pray astagfar

Try not to repeat

If something which is not yours has to be returned, if u have made a loss to someone pay for the loss.

If its  major sin( may Allah save us) then it will need lot of astagfar n tawfeeq from Allah.

so its so easy to save from a sin then to repent however we should never loose hope. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is most mercifull.

Regards.

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30. Forgiveness of Sins
Imam Ridha’ (A.S.) said:
ﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﺮﺿﺎ ‏( ﻉ ‏) :
ﻳﺎ ﺍﺑﻦ ﺷﺒﻴﺐ ﺇﻥ ﺑﻜﻴﺖَ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺤُﺴﻴﻦ ‏( ﻉ ‏) ﺣﺘَّﻰ ﺗﺼﻴﺮ ﺩُﻣﻮﻋُﻚ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺧﺪَّﻳﻚ ﻏﻔﺮ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻟﻚ ﻛُﻞَّ ﺫﻧﺐٍ ﺃﺫﻧﺒﺘَﻪُ ﺻﻐﻴﺮﺍً ﻛﺎﻥ ﺃﻭ ﻛﺒﻴﺮﺍً ﻗﻠﻴﻼً ﻛﺎﻥ ﺃﻭ ﻛﺜﻴﺮﺍً
O' Son of Shabib! Should you weep for Husayn (A.S.) in the measure that tears roll down your cheeks, Allah would forgive all the sins committed by you, whether they be the great sins or the small sins and whether they be meagre or immense.
Amali Saduq , pg. 111.

https://www.al-islam.org/forty-hadith-on-azadari/ahadith-traditions

 

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20 hours ago, notme said:

1. Genuinely feel sorrow and regret for the action.

2. Seek forgiveness from the Creator.

3. Seek forgiveness from anyone who was harmed by the action - including yourself. If it's possible, make amends with the harmed person or people. 

4. Solemnly strive to avoid circumstances where there might be temptation to repeat the action.

Did I miss anything important? 

What if a person does all these things but then enters a state where if they were put under the same circumstances as when they formerly sinned they would sin again but since they are not under such a state they do not sin? Is their previous repentance accepted?

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5 minutes ago, sefket83 said:

What if a person does all these things but then enters a state where if they were put under the same circumstances as when they formerly sinned they would sin again but since they are not under such a state they do not sin? Is their previous repentance accepted?

Eager is an emotional term, so it's not really the right one to use, but I will anyway: Allah is eager to accept your repentance. 

If you avoid a sin, you will be rewarded, regardless of the circumstances, if they were the same as before or if they are completely different. 

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In the Quran, there is a complete Surah naming At-Tawba which means the repentance. Like many other topics, the act of atoning (for one's misdeeds) and seeking Allah's forgiveness has also been discussed in the Quran with much importance. For those believers who have wronged themselves, the Qur'anasks them to become repentant, seek Allah's forgiveness, and make a sincere tawba, and assures them that if they do this, Allah will forgive them, and exonerate them from their misdeeds:

And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.

— Quran, Sura 24 (Al-Noor), ayah 31

O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance, in the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow ...

— Quran, Sura 66 (Al-Tahrim), ayah 08

Surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves.

— Quran, Sura 02 (Al-Baqara), ayah 222

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So it is enougn to:

1 feel sorry for an action

2 pray for forgivness

3 try to amend for the bad deed 

4 and then never repeat it again

What if a person did something to a person who is now dead? Then I geuss this person should pray for this person or give money for a good cause it this persons name. Is this a valid taught?

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4 hours ago, sefket83 said:

What if a person did something to a person who is now dead? 

Sometimes things can't be fixed. We just do our best - maybe in the case of a person who has died, do a special kindness for their family or give charity in their name. 

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If the person has died u can pay for the losses to his son or daughter.

If u dont know his family and the person has died u will have to pay it as RADDE MAZALIM. Refer to your mujtahid for the same as i am not an expert on the subject.( The amount of Radde mazalim has to be given to speficific people refer to mujtahid)

as for commiting same sin again just do istigfar rather than thinking of previous sin. Allah is most merciful.

 

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16 minutes ago, Ali-india said:

as for commiting same sin again just do istigfar rather than thinking of previous sin. Allah is most merciful.

Must a person be very sorry for what they did? I do not know.

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On ‎2017‎-‎12‎-‎15 at 2:24 PM, sefket83 said:

So it is enougn to:

1 feel sorry for an action

2 pray for forgivness

3 try to amend for the bad deed 

4 and then never repeat it again

What if a person did something to a person who is now dead? Then I geuss this person should pray for this person or give money for a good cause it this persons name. Is this a valid taught?

Regret must be there but for regret to be there, you must contemplate upon the evils of sinning. Then a firm resolution not to go back to sinning again. Also different sins have different repentance. For example if you saw something haram, then regret must be there and a firm decision not to go back to it and for this firm resolution to be successful, one must practise self control day by day. If the person is dead, then do a good deed on his behalf so he gets pleased with you. 

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