“No regrets”! This is logo of the care-free souls, and sadly the logo of many young Muslims today. It is easy to make that statement, especially when high on marijuana or alcohol, or simply trying to look cool. The non-believers use this logo to signify that one should go through life, make mistakes and move on. They can think that of course, because they do not believe in God. So they are not worried about being accountable for every action. But a Muslim cannot and should not make such statements. A Muslim should not think in that way. Because a Muslim knows that there is a being, who knows every single act he commits, and never forgets.
Quite frankly, most people who claim to have ‘no regrets’ are either lying or have not done anything really regrettable. Regret plays a very important part in enhancing the faith of a Muslim.
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Regret is part of repentance”. [Sunan Ibn Majah] How can you repent for your deeds if you do not regret doing them?
How can you be sincere, knowing that it is only a sincere dua that is answered by Allah?
That is why Muslims must never entertain the notion of ‘doing whatever and having no regrets’. That flame of regret is the hope you hold on to when you feel you have deviated far from Allah. It is that regret, which reminds you that Allah still loves you, and he wants you to turn to him in repentance. Do not therefore, fight it off for the sake of ‘looking cool’. Embrace your regrets wholeheartedly, and use it as a chance to seek Allah’s forgiveness. There is no looking cool on the day of resurrection. Regret in this world and be free from regret on the day of Resurrection.
Allah says in Surah Maryam 19:39- And warn them of the Day of regret, when the case has been decreed, and they are (now) in a state of heedlessness, and they do not believe.
Do remember however, that it does not mean one should dwell on the past alone. Regret your sins, repent to Allah and do not repeat them. Then move on. Allah is the most merciful and he accepts a sincere repentance.
May Allah fill our hearts with regret over our sins, and make us from among those who turn to him in repentance. Ameen.