Malik on Tawbah: Crying in repentance removes sins like wind

Khazim ibn Husayn reported: Malik ibn Dinar, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “To weep over a mistake will dispel sins just as the wind dispels dry leaves.”

Source: al-Riqqah wal-Bukā’ li-Ibn Abī al-Dunyā 25

عَنَ خَازِمِ بْنِ حُسَيْنٍ عَنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ دِينَارٍ رحمه الله قَالَ الْبُكَاءُ عَلَى الْخَطِيئَةِ يَحُطُّ الذُّنُوبَ كَمَا تَحُطُّ الرِّيحُ الْوَرَقَ الْيَابِسَ

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