“From our pious predecessors are those who would spend all night in salaah and then pray to Allah, expressing their shortcomings and begging forgiveness. They would say: ‘O Allah, we are not worthy of asking You for Jannah, nor are we worthy of asking You for deliverance from the Fire, but we have no choice but to do so.
Their condition was as mentioned in the Qur’aan: ‘They used to sleep little in the night. And in the hours before dawn they used to pray for forgiveness.’ (51:17-18)
Despite not having a burden of sin on their shoulders, they would repent abundantly. Our condition is the reverse: even after committing sins we do not ask for forgiveness.”