I would prefer to use the phrase, ‘turning heart, mind and soul to Allah’. I find that ‘contrition’ sounds too much like a word from catechism. Or it feels dogmatic and imposed, whereas the Quranic references to ‘inabat’ among the Prophets cited by Ansari makes one taste the meaning of “Jabbar”, the power of love that unifies ones being and draws one irresistibly to one’s Lord and Lover, makes one contract into unity. Nothing exists other than the One toward Whom one is irresistibly drawn back. Like a contraction into one’s primordial unity in the One, one’s primordial nothingness in the One.F
From the field of Magnanimity the field of Contrition arises. As Allah most High says, “Only those receive admonition who turn with heart, mind and soul to God.” 40:13
What is ‘inabat’? To turn to God completely and to turn wholeheartedly away from everything that is not God.
There are three kinds of contrition.
The first is the contritiom of the Prophets, may Allah’s peace shower upon them. They have turned to God completely and in every aspect of their being. No one but them can endure such turning and repenting. Allah said of Abraham, peace be upon him, “Abraham was forbearing, compassionate, and turned with his entire being to God.” 11:75
God said to David, peace be upon him, “He fell down, bowing in prostration and turned with his entire being to God.” 38:24
Shu’ayb said, “In Him I trust and unto Him I turn with my whole being.” 11:88
And Allah said to Muhammad, may Allah’s blessing and peace be upon him, “…and follow the Way of those who turn to me.” (31:15)
This feels like the most important part of the transmission so I will leave out the rest. And send Field Four tomorrow insha’allah.