Al-Ahzab 33:35

إِنَّ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ وَٱلْمُسْلِمَٰتِ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَٰتِ وَٱلْقَٰنِتِينَ وَٱلْقَٰنِتَٰتِ وَٱلصَّٰدِقِينَ وَٱلصَّٰدِقَٰتِ وَٱلصَّٰبِرِينَ وَٱلصَّٰبِرَٰتِ وَٱلْخَٰشِعِينَ وَٱلْخَٰشِعَٰتِ وَٱلْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَٱلْمُتَصَدِّقَٰتِ وَٱلصَّٰٓئِمِينَ وَٱلصَّٰٓئِمَٰتِ وَٱلْحَٰفِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَٱلْحَٰفِظَٰتِ وَٱلذَّٰكِرِينَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَٱلذَّٰكِرَٰتِ أَعَدَّ ٱللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

“Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.”

Anytime I read verses of this sort in which Allah calls out #forgiveness as a reward for His obedient servant it pleases my heart. What I get to appreciate is that Allah indeed doesn’t require perfection from us. What He needs us to do is to strive to be good to the best of our abilities and return to him in repentance often.

When one looks at the qualities mentioned above, the logical reward will be that Allah mentions paradise directly. But the Most Merciful mentions forgiveness for them. Thus, these people are not meant to be perfect people. It tells us that attaining these positions does not make one sinless. It tells us that we don’t have to lose hope in being among the good people because we are struggling with one sin or the other. It also teaches us that as individuals we shouldn’t expect people to be perfect and we shouldn’t use one shorfall to conclusively judge a person’s status in the sight of Allah.

What we need to do is to be as good as we can possibly be and Allah will grant us forgiveness for our sins by Him mercies.

May Allah forgive us all and guide us to that which is good and pleasing to Him always. Ameen

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