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40. Forgiveness of Sins 

عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَينِ (ع) قَالَ: جَاءَ رُجُلٌ إِلـى النَّبِيِّ (ص) فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللٌّهِ مَا مِنْ عَمَلٍ قَبِيحٍ إِلاَّ قَدْ عَمِلْتُهُ فَهَلْ لِي مِنْ تَوْبَةِ؟  فَقَالَ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللٌّهُ (ص) فَهَلْ مِنْ وَالِدَيكْ أَحَدٌ حَيٌّ؟ قَالَ أَبِي. قَالَ فَاذْهَبْ فَبِرْهُ.  قَالَ فَلَمَّا وَلَّى قَالَ رَسُولُ اللٌّهُ (ص): لَوْ كَانَتْ أُمُّهُ.‏

Imam Zainul `Abidin (peace be upon him) relates: “Once a person approached the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) and said: ‘O’ Prophet of Allah!  I have committed every known evil act.  Is there a chance that I may be forgiven?’  The Messenger of Allah asked him: ‘Are any of your parents still alive?’  The man replied: ‘My father.’  He said to him: ‘Go and be good and kind to him.’ When he left, the Messenger of Allah muttered: ‘If only his mother had been alive.’”

Biharul Anwar, Volume 74, Page 82

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