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All people have faults and make mistakes. Believers need to admit their sins after committing them, make the intention to correct them, and ask God to forgive them. Even if they repent and then commit the same sin again, they should repent and seek His forgiveness yet again, for nothing is hidden from Him. Those who try to deceive God (may God forbid this) deceive only themselves. People must accept God's compassion and mercy for His servants and not delay their repentance, for a death-bed repentance may not be accepted. Many Qur'anic verses request people to repent, as follows:

Turn to God every one of you, believers, so that, hopefully, you will have success. (Qur'an, 24:31) But if anyone repents after his wrongdoing and puts things right, God will turn toward him. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur'an, 5:39) Except for those who repent and believe and act rightly: God will transform the wrong actions of such people into good - God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Qur'an, 25:70)

According to the Bible, Jesus (pbuh) proclaimed:

I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance. (Luke, 5:32) I tell you, no! Unless you repent, you too will all perish. (Luke, 13:5)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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