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Hadrat Imâm-i Rabbânî says in the 66th letter of the second volume of his Maktûbât:

Hadrat Alî ‘radî-Allâhu anh’ said, “Hadrat Abû Bekr ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’ always told the truth. I heard him say that Rasûlullah declared: “If a person who has committed a sin repents and performs abdast and then performs namâz and then says istighfâr for that sin of his, Allahu ta’âlâ will certainly forgive him; Allahu ta’âlâ declares in the hundred and ninth âyat of Sûrat-un-Nisâ: ‘If a person commits a sin or torments himself and then repents and says istighfâr, he will find Allahu ta’âlâ very merciful and forgiving’. ”

Rasûlullah said in a hadîth, “If a person commits a sin and then repents, this repentance of his becomes an atonement for his sin. That is, it causes him to be forgiven. ” He declared in a hadîth: “If the sinful person says istighfâr and repents, then does that sin again, then says istighfâr and repents again, and then does it a third time and repents again, it will be written down as a grave sin when he commits it the fourth time. ” He declared in a hadîth: “Musawwifs perished. ” That is, those who put off repentance by saying, “I will repent later on,” suffered a loss. Loqman Hakîm ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’ was a walî or a prophet. He advised his son by saying, “Sonny, do not put off repentance until tomorrow. For death catches one abruptly. ” Imâm-i Mujâhid says, “The person who does not say tawba every morning and every evening torments himself. ”