Sheikh Riyâd al-Musaymîrî, professor at al-Imâm University in Riyadh
A Muslim’s sense that his sins are many, his feeling fear on account of them, and his desire to be free from them are all signs that his heart is alive with faith. A person who feels this way can easily remedy his problem, since the first important step is for the person to admit his mistake, feel bad about it, and sincerely want to repent for it.
Relapsing into a sin after repenting for it should not lead a person to be conquered by despair so that he gives up on the idea of trying to repent and mend his ways.
It is good that the questioner has asked about supplications that can help him to establish his heart upon righteousness and virtue. Indeed, our supplications to Allah are the best way we can seek support in these days where temptations and enticements abound. Supplications were the weapons of the Prophets and Messengers and of those who followed them.
Among the best supplications in this regard are those that we find in the Qur’ân and the Sunnah. In the Sunnah, we learn the Supplications that were spoken by the Prophet (peace be upon him). Indeed, he was the best of those who ever relied upon Allah, feared Him, and was humble before Him.
In the Qur’ân we have the following:
“Our Lord! Cause not our hearts to stray after You have guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Your presence. Lo! You, only You, are the Bestower.” [Sûrah Al `Imrân: 8]
(Rabbanâ! Lâ tuzigh qulûbanâ ba`da idh hadaytanâ wa hab lanâ min ladunka rahmah. Innaka antal-Wahhâb.)
“Our Lord! Pour down upon us patience, make our steps firm, and help us against those that reject faith."” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 250]
(Rabbanâ! Afrigh `alaynâ sabran wa thabbit aqdâmanâ wa-nsurnâ `alal-qawmil-kâfirîn.)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah! You are the one who disposes hearts. Dispose our hearts to your obedience.” [Sahîh Muslim (2654)]
(Allâhumma! Musarrif al-Qulûb! Sarrif qulûbanâ `alâ tâ`atik.)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “O Allah! To You I have submitted myself, in You I have believed, upon You I rely, to You I repent, and by means of You I advance my arguments. I seek refuge with Your might – there is no God besides You – from Your leading me astray. You are the Living who never dies while jinn and men all die.” [Sahîh Muslim (2717)]
(Allâhumma! Laka aslamtu, wa bika âmantu, wa `alayka tawakkaltu, wa ilayka anabtu, wa bika khâsamt. Allâhumma! Innî a`ûdhu bi-`izzatika – lâ ilâhâ illâ ant – an tudillanî. Antal-Hayy alladhî lâ yamût. Wal-jinn wal-ins yamûtûn.)
Supplications like these are too numerous to list. Entire books have been written about them. Among the finest classical anthologies are al-Kalim al-Tayyib by Ibn Taymiyah and al-Wâbil al-Sayyib by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah. One of the best contemporary works is Hisn al-Muslim by al-Qahtânî.
Source: Islam Today