Hasan on Tawbah: Satan wants you to tire of repentance

Ja’far ibn Burqan reported: I said to a man from Basra, “How can one of us continue to kneel before his Lord, seeking his forgiveness for a sin, then he returns to sin, then again he seeks forgiveness, then again he returns to sin?” It was mentioned to Al-Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, and he said, “Satan wishes for you to think like this, so do not be discouraged from seeking forgiveness.”

Source: al-Tawbah li-Ibn Abī al-Dunyā 140

جَعْفَرُ بْنُ بُرْقَانَ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِرَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْبَصْرَةِ كَيْفَ لا يَشْتَهِي أَحَدُنَا أَنَّهُ لا يَزَالُ مُتَبَرِّكًا إِلَى رَبِّهِ يَسْتَغْفِرُ مِنْ ذَنْبٍ ثُمَّ يَعُودُ ثُمَّ يَسْتَغْفِرُ ثُمَّ يَعُودُ قَالَ قَدْ ذُكِرَ لِلْحَسَنِ رحمه الله فَقَالَ وَدَّ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنْكُمْ بِهَذِهِ فَلا تَمَلُّوا مِنَ الاسْتِغْفَارِ

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