In our previous meditation, we discussed how Rasulullah (SAW) carried the burden of our sins and asked forgiveness for the sins of each of his (SAW) ummah. We explained how Rasulullah (SAW) sweated so profusely when doing so, with each drop of sweat represented one member of his (SAW) ummah.

In this meditation we will continue to discuss the final ayat of Surah an-Nasr:

At the end of this ayat, Allah (SWT) says ‘Innahu kaana tawaba.’ When we look at the actual grammar of these words in Arabic, we see that they are written in the past tense.

Rasulullah’s (SAW) shirt was full of sweat as he (SAW) asked for forgiveness for each member of His (SAW) ummah. When we understand how Muhammad (SAW) asked forgiveness, we will understand why this was and why this part of the ayat is written in the past tense.

When Rasulullah (SAW) asked forgiveness for each member of his (SAW) ummah, he (SAW) was not alone. Muhammad (SAW) took each of us with him (SAW), on a soul-level, and asked for the forgiveness of each of us for the sins that we will commit. Rasulullah (SAW) interceded for us then, just as Muhammad (SAW) would intercede for us on the day of Judgment.

This is how blessed we are to be a part of Rasulullah’s (SAW) ummah and how great the gift of forgiveness is.

When we think of asking forgiveness from Allah (SWT), we feel that it is something that is easy to do. In this ayat, we see just how difficult it is and how, only through the wasilo of Rasulullah (SAW) and through his (SAW) intercession that we can achieve this.

We cannot just ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness and expect it. There is a process that we must go through. Firstly, we must exalt Allah (SWT), then we must praise Allah (SWT) and then we must ask for forgiveness. We cannot just ask for forgiveness immediately, we must complete all of these stages.

A good example can be when we are giving a gift. We do not just give a gift, we have a process that we must go through before we give the gift. First, we buy the gift, then wrap it and then put a bow on top of the wrapping. Likewise, when asking for forgiveness, which is the gift that we want to receive from Allah (SWT), we have to prepare ourselves so that we can receive this gift.

This is why this Surah is about victory and opening. To receive forgiveness from Allah (SWT) is a victory and it is an opening to an even greater connection with Allah (SWT), one which is renewed, until we sin again. Then, we repeat that process once more.

May Allah (SWT) grant us all this great victory of having our sins forgiven and may this cause us to sin less. May our love for Allah (SWT) and Rasulullah (SAW) cause us to sin less as we appreciate their mercy towards us. May this, ultimately, lead to a stronger and greater connection to Allah (SWT). Aamin.

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