This is a translation of one of the smaller publications from the works of Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiuddin Ahmad bin ‘Abdui-Halim Ibn Taymiyyah. It has been published in Arabic with the title, “Istagfar,” or, “Seeking Forgiveness.”
This discussion deals with the different views that average people and scholars alike have about the topic of seeking forgiveness:
Does one seek forgiveness for doing something wrong or for violating a prohibition?
Is a person required to seek forgiveness for what he did while unaware?
Is one required to seek forgiveness for what they thought about but did not act upon?
If one repents for a sin and then commits it later, is his original repentance invalid or not?
These questions and more are answered in Shaykh Al-Islam’s “Seeking Forgiveness.”