Imam Ali Quotes about Repentance

Imam Ali quotes about repentance are equally guiding and inspiring for all of the Muslims, whether old or young. Repentance has an extremely important place not just in Islam but in every religion you can find on the earth. Allah is the Almighty Creator of all the things in this world and beyond. He has always welcomed and will always welcome the people warmly who repents. He is the most merciful and most clement. Repentance involves four steps as follows:

  • Recognizing the sins and mistakes one has committed
  • Feeling abashed for committing sins and wrongdoings
  • Promising to never committing the sins and violating Allah’s trust ever again
  • Submitting wholly to Allah and spending life according to Islam for pleasing Allah

Imam Ali quotes about repentance are extremely helpful for the people who want to know about repenting for their sins. At various occasions he has explained that what is repentance and why it is important for all the humans. He has guided us that how we should repent for sins and what changes it will bring to our lives. Hazrat Ali (R.A) said that if you have committed a sin, you should hastily repent for it. At another occasion, he said that we should abstain ourselves from sins first and then repent. If we keep committing sins even after repenting, it is worthless to Allah. Repentance means to be ashamed of the committed sins and abstaining ourselves from committing sins ever again.

Given below are some of the popular and inspiring Imam Ali quotes about repentance:


“Take warning! He has not exposed your sinful activities that it appears as if He has forgiven you. It may be that He has given you time to repent.”


“If you see someone committing a sin, tomorrow do not look at him as a sinner. He may have repented during the night and you did not know.”


“Anyone who has been granted four attributes will not be deprived of their (four) effects. One who prays to Allah and implores to Him will not be deprived of granting of his prayers. One who repents for his thoughts and deeds will not be refused acceptance of the repentance. One who has atoned for his sins will not be debarred from salvation. And the one who thanks Allah for the Blessings and Bounties will not be denied the increase in them.”


“The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.”


“Beware Allah’s believers; till there is time to the last breath, the soul is not captured. Intellect is scatheless, comfort in the body, the senses are sound and will is available. There is time remaining for the leisure for penitence and for abrogation of sins. Before the contraction of abilities and futility of senses and before the time of breathing the last breath, before the arrival of invisible expectant and passing injunction of the decease by Allah Almighty, there is time for repentance.”


“There were two things in this world which softened the Wrath of Allah and prevented its descent upon man: One has been taken away from you; hold the other stead- fatly. The one which has been taken away from men is the Holy Prophet and the one which is still left with them and which they must hold steadfastly is repentance and atonement for sins because Allah at one place in the Holy Book addressed the Holy Prophet and said Allah would not punish them while you were among them nor while they were asking for forgiveness. (Surah Anfal, 8 : 33)”


“Your welfare does not lie in your having enormous wealth and numerous children but it rests in your being highly educated and forbearing and in your being proud of your obedience to Allah. If you do a good deed then thank Allah for it and if you commit a sin then repent and atone for it. In this world there is a real welfare for two kinds of people, one is the person who, when commits a sin, atones for it and the other is anxious to do good as much as possible.”