Lessons from Holy Qur'an

When Penitence Becomes Fruitless?


When Penitence Becomes Fruitless?

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse – 90 of 200, Section –9    (Part – 3)


Lo! those who disbelieve after their (profession of) belief, and afterward persist in disbelief: their repentance will not be accepted. And such are those who are astray.

‘Innal-laziina  kafaruu  ba’-da  ‘iimaanihim  summaz-daa-duu  kufral-lan-  tuqbala  taw-batuhum  .  wa  ‘ulaaa-‘ika  humuz-zaaal-luun.  






Some more explanation has been made about repentance in this verse. Those persons who abashed due to wrongdoings and errors, if they repented and began doing good deeds; Allah Almighty will accept their repentance and forgive them. Here it is commanded that those people who disbelieved intentionally after their belief, then remained denying it until the end, had they neither returned from Infidelity, nor abstained from the enmity of the Observers of the laws of Prophet Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him). Moreover, they used to argue and fight with the believers.


When the time of death reached and the angles (peace be upon them) came to seize their souls, then they turned for repentance. Dear! What is the gain of this repentance? The matter is clear that the purpose of repentance is correction and accuracy. If anybody repented at the time of death while there is no chance and time for correction and betterment, then there is no result of this repentance.  


When some people feel trouble and either they become helpless from the outward motives, or the disease becomes incurable, then customarily and habitually they evoke “repentance”. This type of repentance has no value. Some people perceive their sins and incline towards Allah Almighty. But no sooner some time passed, circumstances changed, than they forgot every thing, began evildoing and disobedience again. Repentance of such people cannot be acceptable also.


In every day life, we observe that some persons do good work either for ostentation or when they are compelled to do so. As if, when they have power and authority, they do not intend towards goodness. When they become helpless, then they begin to accept that in future they would not do evils. Such promise is useless. It means that heartily they do not have aversion from the evil and love with the goodness. On the contrary, they begin to evade false for getting benefit only for the time being. Allah Almighty commands, “in fact, these are the people, who went astray”.


We learn from this verse that we should never go near the evil, infidelity and denial. In addition, we should prostrate before Allah Almighty always for the guidance towards the straight path. Whenever we commit any error unknowingly, then we should repent forthwith.



Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & English Translation by Marmaduke; Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif)