بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَأَنْتَ فِيهِمْ ۚ وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
But Allah would not punish them while you, [O Muhammad], are among them, and Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness. Surah Al Anfal 8:33
We all know that there are laws around the universe. We also know that we are not perfect.
There would be times in our lives, when we eat, do, speak, spend and mingle as we please – without much of a thought for the damage that we may be doing to ourselves and to those around us.
When these instances of ghaflah (forgetfulness) pass, we become aware of the repurcussions of our misdeeds.
This is not to say that istighfar would erase our misdeeds and the repurcussions… we still have to make amends in order to expiate the misdeeds. Istighfar is what buys us time to correct the wrong that we have done.
Thus is the Mercy of Allah.
May Allah forgive us our sins and have mercy on us.