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|There is a question, which has been on my mind for some time now. I have tried asking myself, but I cannot really come to any clear conclusion, so I thought that asking here would help me. I haven't been a good Muslim throughout my life. Even though my parents tried hard and are still trying to teach me the values of Islam, I've had problems embracing these. However lately my interest towards my religion has grown, and I have started praying and listening to the Holy Quran. So here comes my question: When I listen to someone reciting the Quran, whether through the TV or radio, I start to cry uncontrollably. The same happens during prayer. What does this mean? Is it remorse for previously neglecting my duties as a Muslim? Thank you for your time.|
|Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine|
Thank you for your important and interesting question.
Before attempting to interpret your situation, I must say that it is a very good sign that the Quran brings tears to your eyes. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said that the Hellfire is forbidden to touch the eyes of the one who shed tears at the remembrance of Allah. I will try to offer some ideas but ultimately, however, you are the one who needs to answer this question for yourself!
“Every son of Adam is a sinner, but the best of sinners are the ones who turn [away from sin] in repentance [to Allah].” (At-Tirmidhi)
All of us make mistakes, and we always will. The best of us are those who recognize their mistakes for what they are, quickly seek Allah’s forgiveness and sincerely promise trying to avoid repeating those sins in the future.