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Is it always possible to repent?
Chapter 4

إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ تَابُواْ مِن بَعْدِ ذَلِكَ وَأَصْلَحُواْ فَإِنَّ الله غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (سورۃ آل عمران, آيۃ 89)

Except for those that repent (even) after that, and make amends; for verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah 3, Verse 89)

Every day Balal, who is in the ninth grade, returned home from school , went into his room and locked the door. He spent all his time in his room and didn't allow his mother to enter. He said the room was clean and he would tidy it himself. His mother began to suspect that something was wrong. She decided to pay a surprise visit to his school and find out how he behaves there and who his friends are. "Today Balal didn't come to school and recently he has often been absent, "said his teacher. The mother was alarmed. She told the teacher that Balal had changed recently and was behaving strangely. The teacher agreed and said that, when the boy did come to school, he was irritable and fought with the other boys. After being cautioned, Balal had promised to improve but there had been no change.

Balal's parents began to watch him and discovered that he was going around with a group of high school boys who were stealing gold and silver articles from homes in the village and selling them. They had obtained keys of all kinds and tools for breaking in. When the parents went into Balal's room while he was out, they found the tools and stolen property. They debated whether to inform the police. The father called Balal for a talk and recited the verse: "Except for those that repent (even) after that, and make amends; for verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." There was no need to say anything more because Balal burst into tears and admitted everything.

Explanation: "Better late than never," according to the folk saying. Balal's parents were rather late in beginning to worry about him. There were probably early indications that he was not studying, was playing truant from school, making friends with undesirable boys, spending time alone in his room and perhaps even going out at night. The closer the ties between parents and children, the less the chance that such things will occur. It is important that parents maintain close contact with their child, his friends and his teachers. This does not mean that the connection should be critical and repressive but it should be based on sincere interest in the life of the child and the desire to help him or her. The father did well to utilize the Quran verse and not to launch into a shouting match and impose punishments. Balal sensed his father's pain and disappointment. The important Quran verse gave Balal hope that if he changed his ways, he would be forgiven.