By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه
“…VERILY ALLAH LOVES THOSE WHO REPENT…”
[Surah Baqarah 2:222]
A young person, after listening to a talk, experienced a revolution in his heart. He asked me: “With my past, with the sins in my life, how is it possible for me to become a Wali?”
I said: “It is extremely simple. It takes just one minute to become a Wali (friend of Allah). Raise your hands and with deep regret and remorse in your heart, shed a few tears and pray to Allah, say: ‘O Allah, I have wasted my life but I want to become Your Wali, I want to become Your friend. So forgive all the sins which I have committed since maturity, and grant me the ability to do that which pleases You in my future life.’
You have immediately become a wali. Now make an effort towards fulfilling those rights which had been violated. The effort made indicates to the sincerity of your tawbah/repentance.”
If salaah and fasts were missed then qaza (the religious duty performed after the expiry of its time) must be made. If Zakaah, Qurbaani and Sadaqatul Fitr were not fulfilled then such monies must be paid. The same applies to monies owed to people. Pay back to whomsoever, what is due or ask them to forgive you. If not, then that tawbah you made will not be complete. And if harm and injury was caused to another, then his forgiveness should be sought.
If there are a number of outstanding salaah or fasts due, then it is obvious that a person cannot read all the qazas in one day, or keep all his missed fasts in one day. This will take due time. However the intention of the person to fulfil all dues of Allah and His creation, and the effort made in that direction makes the person a friend and beloved of Allah.
If the person does not make any effort in that direction after tawbah, then this is a clear sign that he was not sincere in his tawbah. Also in respect to his future life, every effort should be made not to return to sins.