Muslim Preachers and Teachers
They asked her: 'When sinners repent, does God accept their repentence, or not?' She replied: 'Sinners can only repent if God gives them a spirit of repentence; and when God gives people this spirit, he accepts their repentance. But if people try to repent without receiving this spirit, he will not accept their repentance.'
From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.