What does the word sincerity mean in the term of sincere repentance?

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What does the word sincerity mean in the term of sincere repentance?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Sincerity is one’s repentance refers to one’s remorse and resolve never to repeat such sin.

If one turns to Allah Most High in repentance but doesn’t truly have remorse for their sin or plans to repeat the sin – their repentance is incomplete.

[Ghazali, Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din]


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[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.