While we await the Chief Imam to mount the Minbar and deliver another sermon, it would be good to get a glimpse of the last edition.
Of the golden gens, the grand Imam, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede, made a focal in the Khutbah is the essence of seeking forgiveness before Ramadhan.
He also made it a point to sermonise the august congregation that the partisans of Allah, the pious predecessors were those who fled from sin and never neared Allah's prohibition, no matter how minor.
While corroborating the Hadith that narrates about forgiveness shouldn't be exploited, the Chief Imām, University of Ibadan mentioned that there are conditions to repentance- to regret one's past evil deeds; to carry out Divine duties; to return the rights/properties of others that were usurped unjustly; to ask forgiveness of a person who has been wronged by him, physically or verbally; to make a firm resolve of avoiding the sin in future- and Allāh, the ever forgiving forgives whom He wills. Thus, it becomes the best not to sin at all.
In furtherance, the Imām made a reference to a precedent sermon he had made on the conditions of sincere repentance. He recounted that the third pillar explained that a remedy should be made for the wrong done. He then moulded that redress would not be possible for all kinds of wrongs say murder, adultery, etc.
While alluding to the splendid story of the companion who was repeatedly mentioned by the Prophet (peace be upon him and his household) to be amongst the inheritors of paradise, the Imam also punctuated the Jumu'ah Khutbah on the relevance of being quick to forgive, not allowing ill feelings to taint the pureness of the heart and the acts.
As the story went, one of the companions who were vast in numerous forms of worship seeking Allah's pleasure had to understudy the said man and when he saw that the one who was already certified for Jannah didn't even carry out superogatory religious rituals like he did; he had to blurt out the reason for his stay and the fact that he had had a keen observation. This in turn made the other man chisel that he never kept grudges against anyone up to the break of the other day; that he would forgive everyone and anyone who had wrong done him before hitting the hay. What a virtue to envy! The Imām enjoined.