Sayyidi wa sanadiMawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him and allow us to benefit from him a lot. Ameen!) said:
“If someone drank alcohol, he can repent by asking forgiveness from Allah.
If he commits zina (adultery), he can repent by asking forgiveness from Allah.
If he were to eat pork, he can repent by asking Allah’s forgiveness.
if he is rude,
hurts some-one’s feeling,
does ghibah (backbiting) or
inflicts material loss on an individual
then the scenario for repentance is different.
He can not repent by asking forgiveness from Allah alone.
He has to ask forgiveness from the person he has wronged first.
Apologise for the mistake committed.
Compensate for the material loss, if any.
Only then he can fulfill the criteria for tawabah (true repentance).
(And remember Tawbah is the first step of tareeq!)
So be very, very careful with the rights of others!”
Allah SWT give me the taufeeq.
Ameen bi haq e Sayyidul mursaleen.