A living Pious, Shaykh Zulfiqaar (db) recited this heart-melting verse in one of his lectures:
قُلۡ يَٰعِبَادِيَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسۡرَفُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُواْ مِن رَّحۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغۡفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًاۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ ٥٣
Meaning: Say (on My behalf), “O servants of Mine who have acted recklessly against their own selves, do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Surely, Allah will forgive all sins. Surely, He is the One who is the Most-Forgiving, the Very-Merciful. Sura Zumar: 53
Then Shaykh Zulfiqar (db) relates a story shared by Shaykh Ibnul Qayyim (R) from his life:
Shaykh Ibnul Qayyim (R) was once passing by a lane where he suddenly saw a mother scolding and reprimanding her 8/9 years old child and in intense anger, the mother pushed her child forcibly toward the road; forbade her child to enter into the house anymore and told him to leave her forever. Finally, the mother got into the house and shut the door.
The gloomy young boy absorbed into some thoughts and walking off a bit far toward the crossing, he waited for a while and reflected on something again. Right after thinking something, he walked back to his house and lied down at the doorstep.
After a long time the mother opened the door and upon seeing her son she became furious again! Awakening him, she warned him that she would not like to see his child’s face anymore and he should leave the place.
Listening to the mother’s words the child replied, “Mother! I thought that I would go away from you; I thought I would earn my living through begging or do some petty job of a cobbler or become someone’s servant. Reflecting on these, I walked till the crossing but then it came into my mind that nothing compares to my mother’s love; in fact, your love has no substitute! I couldn’t continue moving forward ruminating this point. Therefore, I had returned. Whatever action may you take against me, I am here mother!
These words of her child caused the mother to pacify and calm down immediately! She grabbed and hugged her child and accepted him with great compassion.
Now, my dear friends reflect on our state and the Love & Mercy of Allah Taala, who indeed is the Creator of all mothers of this world! Reflect on what would happen if we turn to Allah Taala today(?)