Guilty feeling for some people could be the worst thing. The feeling becomes stronger when they try to ignore it. No matter how much they try to repent, the guilty feeling still holds beneath their skin. So, how Islam face this common problem? This serious matter happens all the time among Muslims.
Islam taught us that repenting any sin and do it truthfully towards Allah every day may ease our guilt feeling. That is why, when it comes to repent we should do it with all of our hearts that we regret that. Moreover, we keep the commitment that we will never repeat that mistake again.
Feeling guilty is hard to ease. But the feeling can destroy us so that we should overcome the feeling. How the Quran said about overcoming a guilty feeling? On the Quran surah Yunus verse 57 mentions that we have overcome the guilty feeling on our chest.
يٰٓاَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاۤءَتْكُمْ مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّنْ رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاۤءٌ لِّمَا فِى الصُّدُوْرِۙ وَهُدًى وَّرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ – ٥٧
“O, people! Indeed, you have learned a lesson (the Qur’an) from your Lord, a cure for a disease in the chest and guidance and mercy for a believer.” (QS 10:57)
Based on the verse above, here we give you 5 ways on how to overcome a guilty feeling in Islam based on the Quran.
1. Guilty Cause Despair, Leave it Back!
Feeling guilty make someone keep blaming themselves. If it happens all the time, then the feeling will grow in their heart and turn into despair. This can be worst when the guilty feeling becomes stronger and from despair turn into depression.
It’s very dangerous for a human being because depression can make people feel so bad. That is why we need to overcome the guilty feeling and try to make dua for hardship in Islam.
In the Quran Surah Yusuf verse 87 mentions that:
يٰبَنِيَّ اذْهَبُوْا فَتَحَسَّسُوْا مِنْ يُّوْسُفَ وَاَخِيْهِ وَلَا تَا۟يْـَٔسُوْا مِنْ رَّوْحِ اللّٰهِ ۗاِنَّهٗ لَا يَا۟يْـَٔسُ مِنْ رَّوْحِ اللّٰهِ اِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْكٰفِرُوْنَ – ٨٧
“O, my children! Go, look for (news) about Joseph and his brother, and do not despair from the grace of God. Those who despair of Allah’s grace are only those who disbelieve. ” (QS 12:87)
2. Guilt is a Source of Diseases, Throw It A Way!
The guilty feeling can cause any of the diseases so that the feeling claims as to the resourceful of diseases. Once you get the guilt, you will feel miserable. It can cause you into a binge eating or any eating disorder. Because you feel the guilt so hard on you so that you can jump into an eating disorder.
If you jump into binge eating then it can turn you into obesity. And obesity can cause so many diseases such as heart attack or so.
That is why we need to overcome this guilty feeling on our chest immediately. Try to repent it as much as you can. May Allah bless you His forgiveness. Recite the Quran the duas for protection from diseases that may come to us is better to do.
In the Quran surah At Taubah verse 5 mentions that:
فَاِنْ تَابُوْا وَاَقَامُوا الصَّلٰوةَ وَاٰتَوُا الزَّكٰوةَ فَخَلُّوْا سَبِيْلَهُمْۗ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ غَفُوْرٌ رَّحِيْمٌ – ٥
“If they repent and offer their prayers and give alms, then give them freedom. Truly, Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful.”(QS 9:5)
3. Repent Promptly
As soon as you realized that you made a mistake, even if that the little or the biggest one that causes you the guilt. Allah loves them who make the repenting as soon as possible they can.
وَمَنْ لَّمْ يَتُبْ فَاُولٰۤىِٕكَ هُمُ الظّٰلِمُوْنَ – ١١
“And whoever does not repent, they are the wrongdoers.” (QS 49:11)
4. Acceptance the Feeling
The struggle is hard, that is why we need to accept. When we try to accept the guilty feeling, we are trying closer to the peace of our soul. As our soul trying to heal, the wound will ease piece by piece.
We may not ready to let them go, but we almost there. Keep trying and do the repent as much as you can. May Allah bless you with His mercy.
Moreover, if you love Allah in every way you move you will keep repenting for every sin you made. That is the most way to keep us from the guilty feeling. In the Quran surah, Ali Imran verse 31 mentions that.
قُلْ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّوْنَ اللّٰهَ فَاتَّبِعُوْنِيْ يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّٰهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوْبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللّٰهُ غَفُوْرٌ رَّحِيْمٌ – ٣١
“Say (Muhammad), “If you love Allah, follow me, surely Allah loves you and forgives your sins.” Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (QS 3: 31)
5. Let It Go!
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to face your guilt is just to let them go. The feeling will haunt you everywhere, hence you will so sick about that.
Struggle with the feeling will only make you get more despair and hurt you. But, if you let them go and put your trust only in Allah, you will get a different feeling. Try to understand how to be patience in Islam, so you will be more grateful in life.
The more you hold the guilt the more you get hurt. That is why let them go is the best way to repent. In the Quran surah At Taubah verse 3 mentions that:
فَاِنْ تُبْتُمْ فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْۚ وَاِنْ تَوَلَّيْتُمْ فَاعْلَمُوْٓا اَنَّكُمْ غَيْرُ مُعْجِزِى اللّٰهِ ۗوَبَشِّرِ الَّذِيْنَ كَفَرُوْا بِعَذَابٍ اَلِيْمٍۙ – ٣
“Then if you (the idolaters) repent, then it is better for you; and if you turn away, then know that you cannot weaken God. And give good tidings to the disbelievers (that they will get) a painful doom,” (QS 9:3)
There is some glance about how to overcome the guilty feeling of Islam based on the Quran. Keep do good deeds, May Allah give you His mercy.