The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “O people, repent to Allah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.”
Repentance is obligatory at all times, but even more so now because of the approach of a great and blessed month (which is the month of Ramadan). So it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind.
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.)” [Al-Baqarah, 2:222]
“And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [Al-Noor 24: 31]
What is meant by repentance is returning to Allah, giving up sin and hating it, and regretting falling short in obedience to Allah.
Imam Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Repentance is essential from every sin, even if it is something between a person and Allaah and has nothing to do with the rights of another person.
There are three conditions of repentance:
- You should give up the sin
- You should regret having done it
- You should resolve never to go back to it.
If one of these three is missing, then your repentance is not sincere.
If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then there are four conditions: the three mentioned above and the fourth is restoring the rights of that person.
If it is money or property, etc, it must be returned to him;
And Allah knows best!