بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَن يُطِعْ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا
“He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.”
[Al-Qu’ran – Al-Ahzab (The Combined Forces): 71]
In order for us to have our good deeds accepted, and our sins forgiven, we need sincerity of intention. A person may do good deeds their whole life without them being accepted, because they were actually doing them for someone other than Allah.
However, if we do something purely for Allah and according to the Sunnah, Insha’Allah He will accept it.
A sign of good deeds being accepted is that Allah provides more opportunities to do good. We should therefore grab every such opportunity that comes our way. Every opportunity to do good is a blessing as well as a test.
Along with doing good deeds, it is also important to constantly ask for forgiveness for past sins. In this too, we require sincerity of intention. The guilt we feel over sins is also a blessing of Allah, because if we did not have that feeling of remorse, we would not ask His forgiveness, but would keep doing wrong without even realizing it.
Thus, in order to receive the Mercy of Allah through the opportunity to do good deeds and to repent, we need to be sincere to Him, and we need to obey Him and His Rasul
(صلي اللهُ عليهِ وسلم).