Tawba’a comes from the word “return back,” and in Islam it refers to one’s return to Allah after going astray.
Repentance involves a true feel of remorse for the sin committed, a desire to avoid its repetition, and asking Allah directly for forgiveness.
The repentant have an intention to return to obedience and take refuge in the mercy and favour of Allah.
“Assuredly, Allah loves the oft-repentant and those who always seek to purify themselves.”
(Holy Quran, 2:222)