Doing Haram, seeking forgiveness

Doing Haram, seeking forgiveness

"Say: O Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful" (Quran 39:53)

Whether it's watching pornography, lying, backbiting or other vices, our sins accumulate daily.

We may try to hold our tongues, lower our gaze, not disrespect our parents or avoid a myriad of sins God has ordered us to avoid, but as humans we are weak, and we can and do make mistakes.

But while God is just and holds us responsible for our actions, the doors to His forgiveness are always open. No matter how awful our sin, Allah is always ready to hear and accept our repentance, provided it is sincere and results in change for the better.

In the Quran, God repeatedly reminds us that He is the Forgiving and the Merciful.

Read Quranic verses from sura Al-Furqan (Quran 25: 63-73) for a better understanding of these issue. Here is a translation of some Quranic verses and its commentary (Quran 25: 68- 70):

"Who invoke no other deity along with Allah, nor take any life which Allah has forbidden save justly; who do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse and whoso does that shall meet its penalty;

His torment shall be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide in it in ignominy

Unless he repents and reaffirm his believes and does righteous works.(1) For such, Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds.(2) Allah is Ever Forgiving, Most Compassionate."

(1).  This is good news for those whose life has been stained with various kinds of sin in the past but who later repent and firmly decide to amend their behavior.  The present verse amounts to a proclamation of general amnesty, which for millions of sinners provided a ray of hope and prompted them to reform themselves.

The extent to which this provision of repentance saved the Arabs who were otherwise given to many a vice is evident from a number of incidents during the life of the Prophet (Peace be upon him).  Let us consider the following example, narrated by Tabari on the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said: "One night when I returned from the Prophet's Mosque after offering Isha Prayers, I saw a woman standing outside my door. I said 'Peace be on you' and went into my room, closed the door, and began to offer nafl (supererogatory) Prayers.  After some time, she knocked at the door. I opened the door and asked her what she wanted.  'I have come to ask you a question. I committed adultery and became pregnant.  Then a baby was born and I killed him. How I have come to ask you if there is any chance that my sin be forgiven?'  I said: 'Absolutely not'.  At this she went away grief-stricken, exclaiming: 'Alas, this piece of beauty was created for the Hell-fire.'

"The next day, after the Fajr prayers, I narrated the whole incident to the Prophet (peace be on him).  He said: 'How wrong an answer you gave, O Abu Hurayrah!  Have you not read those verses in the Quran: "Those who invoke no other deity along with Allah nor take the life which Allah has forbidden – save justly; who do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse – and whoso does that shall meet its penalty, his torment shall be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection and he shall abide in it in ignominy – unless he who repents and believes and does righteous works.  For such Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds.  Allah is Ever Forgiving, Most Compassionate.  Whosoever repents and does good, he returns to Allah in the manner he should" (Al-Furqan 25:68-70).  Upon hearing this answer from the Prophet (Peace be on him), I went out and searched for the woman.  I met her after Isha Prayers and told her what the Prophet (peace be on him) had said.  She prostrated herself and said, 'Thanks be to God, Who has opened the door of forgiveness for me.' Then she repented and freed a female slave and also the son of that slave." (See Tabari, 'Tafsir', comments on Surah al-Furqan 25:68-70 Ed.)

(2).  This has two meanings.  One, that when a person repents and gives up his evil actions and begins to perform vitreous deed, in this new phase of life, of Faith and righteous conduct, his good deeds will replace the evil deeds of his past. Second, that as a result of his repentance, not only are the evil deeds which he committed during this period of disbelief and sinful living forgiven, but each person will be awarded for having given up a life of disbelief and transgression and for replacing it with obedience and Faith.  Moreover, for as many times as such people feel ashamed of their past evil deeds, they will be rewarded that same number of times for having asked for forgiveness from God.  Feeling ashamed of one's sins and asking for forgiveness is, in itself, a good deed.  In this manner, all of one's evil deeds will eventually be replaced by good deeds and one will not only be saved from punishment, but will also be amply rewarded.

Commentary from Towards Understanding the Quran with some abbreviation

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assalamalaikum,regretting the evil deeds committed in the past and seeking forgiveness from ALLAH is liked by ALLAH,but ALLAHSUBHANATALA in other verses of the HOLY QURAN has also revealed that ALLAH loves those who are the good doers,ALLAH loves those who fear ALLAH,ALLAH punishes those who do continue to transgress,ALLAH punishes those people who do not refrain from commiting sins in present as well as in future,ALLAHHAFIZ.

Location

kolkata

assalamalaikum,fear of ALLAH OR IN OTHER WORDS TAQWA should be taught compulsorily to the muslim youth and children,for ALLAH hates sins and disobedience and if the muslim individuals have to protect themselves from being disgraced and punished then they have to develop a higher level of TAQWA of ALLAH in their hearts,muslim children and the muslim youth must be taught or made aware that ALLAH is watching their intentions,deeds,and actions and that they will be held responsible for each and everything they did alone in the court of ALLAHSUBHANATALA on the day of judgement,ALLAHHAFIZ.

Location

kolkata

Asalamoulikoum, everyone. I have a question. Everyday i abuse my eyes by watching bad things. I always feel guilty and pray to Allah to ask for forgivness. The only problem is I keep on doing the same bad thing over and over again. I really want to quit, is their still hope for me. Thanks.

Location

Montreal

lower your gaze and not forget you can die any time any moment even At the time when you are committing that sin,do it now as you are still alive.

Location

lagos

There is always a chance of forgiveness when u pray to allah as he says that he is forgiving and merciful so don't despair

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@ Mohammed: When you seek forgiveness from Allah from your heart, pray to Allah that He helps you stick to your decision. One successful technique that i do is, if i repent something, then first i make sure to develop a habbit of not doing it, once i'm sure i will not return to the bad habbit, only then i sincerly seek forgiveness from Allah and this time i'm sure that i will be able to stop myself, coz i've already given up the habbit before sincerly asking Allah for forgiveness. My intentions even before quitting were to please Allah, He knows best.If you truly develop that fear of Allah, that you're asking the ALMIGHTY for forgiveness, then once you know He showed generosity and forgave you, you will make sure not to do it all over again, coz this time, you may not live long enough to find forgiveness. Nobody knows when they are dying. So after seeking forgiveness, have the fear of Allah to truly quit it. If you fail to quit, or you seek forgiveness, knowing and fearing that you'll do it again, then you're playing games with yourself.Tell Allah you won't do it again, once you've told and assured yourself you won't do it.

Location

Dubai

Alhamdu lillah!

Location

Northampton

Hammid Soliu,Ibadan. Salam alaikum,I visited this site so as to seek 4 repentancy 4rm ALMIGHTY ALLAH 4rm all evils I ve c'mitted O ALLAH FORGIVE ME & COUNT ME AMONG THE INMATE OF PARADISE AMIN.

Location

Iseyin, Nigeria.

replacing bad deeds with good deeds is a great gift from ALLAH , still man does not understand

Location

aurangabad

im satisfied with all the information i have read as im that girl who always went to see all the haram sites.Inshallah i will follow the steps and pray for my forgivness to Allah. Ameen.

Location

pakistan

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