Scholars said it is necessary to repent from every sins. If the offense involves the rights of Allah, not a human, then there are three conditions to be met in the order that repentance be accepted by Allah.
The conditions to be met for repentance to be accepted by Allah
- To desist from committing it.
- To feel sorry for committing it
- To decide not to recommit it.
Any repentance failing to meet any of these three conditions, would not be accepted.
But if the sin involves a human’s right, i.e, to absolve oneself from such right. If it is a property, he should return it to its rightful owner. If it is slandering or backbiting one should ask the pardon of the offended.
One should also repent from all sins. If he repents from some, his repentance would still be sound according to the people of sound knowledge. He should, however, repent from the rest.
Scriptural proofs from the book and the Sunnah and the consensus of the scholars support the incumbency of repentance.
Allah, the Exalted, says.
“And all of you beg Allah to forgive you, O believers, that you may be succesfull. (24, 31)”
“Seek the forgiveness of your Rubb, and turn to Him in repentance. (11, 3)”
“O you who believe, turn to Allah with sincere repentance (6608)”
Al-Agharr bin Yaar Al-Muzani narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,
“Turn you people to your lord in repentance to Allah and beg pardon of him, I turn to Him in repentance a hundred times a day”