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Hadeeth Six: Returning to the Truth


From Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) who said that Allaah’s Messenger () said:

There is no believing servant except that he has a sin which he commits from time to time, or a sin in which he persists in and does not abandon until he leaves this world. Indeed the Believer was created as one who is frequently tried and tested, who often repents (then) forgets. When he is admonished he accepts the admonition.[1]


So it is as is said: Returning to the truth is a virtue whereas continuing in falsehood is despicable. Returning to the truth elevates a person and raises his rank, both with Allaah and with the people. Indeed it is only Satan who makes it appear to the people that returning to the truth is a defect and a slight to one’s honour. This is one of the deceptions and tricks employed by Iblees. A person returning to the truth and not being too proud to accept it places him in an ideal position to appreciate:


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[1] Reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Mu‘jamul Kabeer (no. 11,810) its chain of narration is hasan, all of its narrators are fully reliable except for ‘Alee ibn Hafs al-Madaa‘inee who is however acceptable. It also has a further chain of narration also reported by at-Tabaraanee in al-Kabeer (no. 10,666), al-Awsat and by Aboo Nu‘aym in al-Hilyah (3/211) with abridged text. It also has a third chain of narration reported in the Musnad of ‘Abd ibn Humayd (no. 673) so the hadeeth is as I have said hasan at the very least.