‘Call yourselves to account before you yourselves are called to account.’
And the ulema say that the first step in tawba is muhasaba. We need, as individuals and as societies, to stop gobbling for a moment, and to think about how we have recently spent our time. At the end of each day, to take a minute looking back, to see what we would rather forget. And when we see those things, the desire for tawba begins.
We ask Allah subhanahu ta‘ala to grant us the gift of tawba, for us here, and for all Muslims.
May He forgive us our weaknesses and our secret faults, and our laziness in serving Him.
May He grant us love and brotherhood for one another, and give us the blessing of common action against what threatens us all.
May He empty our hearts of suspicion and pride, and of the love of dispute, and unite us in the service of Islam and the Muslims.