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. Now 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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I have a question
If someone watches porn will their good deeds be removed from them?
I heard it from a youtube video to do with islam

Location

America

Aslamailakum, I'm in need of help I was born in a western society and during my secondary school years I shed myself away from islam and a Muslim identity wanting to "fit in" I'm a college student now and it's come to the point where I couldn't recognise myself as a Muslim girl, I drank, had gone to clubs, kissed a boy, never prayed, but was still studying and avoiding small things like say pork, or haram meat (random I know) anyway I feel like I'm completely outside an Islamic way of living, because I spent so much time with non muslims, I don't know how to start again or how to establish a connection with allah and fear him and only want to seek his please any advice out there?? I've been reading quran apps, and doing mama but I feel no real connection, I don't really feel religious or in the deen at all but badly want to be, please help, I just need to know that there's hope for me and I can become a better muslim in a.western society, thank you

Location

Ireland

WalaikumAsalam sister
i can totally understand your problem sis. U dont have to worry. Allah has made ways for all. And when you have decided once to be on the right path you definitely can be. You will face distractions ofc bc you have been among nonmuslims for so long. You had a different lifestyle earlier but remeber when there is a will there is a way. It will take tine but you dont have to loose hope. I am a muslim since the day i was born and i live in a muslim society deslite that i have commited so much sins. Remember no one is perfect. But i always seeked Allahs forgiveness. I know you want to feel things you need to feel that spirit. Itvwould happen trust me. It will tkae time but you have to stay strong in your deen you have totrust him you have to believe and eventually you will feel it. Try these things:
- download duas in your phone of forgiveness, take ss and read them whenever you are free.
- follow the islmaic pages and muslim vloggers/bloggers.
-follow hijabees.
- do hijaab in cas eif you want to.
- donot do everything at once do it step by step. Donot ever burdensome yourself.
-recite dua when you wake up and sleep.
-do good to people and expect only from god.
- start believing in naseeb.
-invocation is important
Islam is a really good and peaceful religion.you will surely be successful in your mission. My best wishes are with you. And remember pray five times a day recite quran daily with all your heart. Try to lessen your sins. May Allah guide you. i hope it was helpful. Stay blessed ♡

Location

Pakistan

I recently started watching a show which was not appropriate for my age at all. It included sexual content and bad language and other horrible sins. I've also been reading stories that include of things like that. I sadly enjoyed it because the show kept me entertained and it was a funny show (I enjoyed it because of the plot and story-line and how well it was written).
But today my mom caught me doing these sins and this time i don't think she will forgive me. I've done these acts before and seems i could not stop but now that my mom seems so upset and angry about this I'm turning to Allah for some forgiveness from him and some help to get me out of this situation. But i don't Allah will want to help me after what i did. I know i did something wrong and i want to stop. I also need to prove to my mom im not a bad person. I hate to see her so upset with me. I know i should do something but i don't know where to begin. Please help me I'm 14 and too young to make mistakes this bad. I am a terrible human. Please help me to become a better person. I don't want to hurt her again...

Location

U.A.E

Yes she will forgive you! She is your mother and she is now upset because she was not expecting that from you. First make a promise that you will not do it again and belive that Allah will forgive because he is most forgiving. Allah forgave Weshi who killed the uncle of Holy Prophet(PBUH).Your sins are nothing compared to killing a person. Just dont do that sin again. Talk to your mother and convince her that you will not do it again and you are very guilty and you cant see her upset. A Mother's heart is very soft she will forgive you. Just dont do that sin again. Both Allah and your mother will forgive you.
One thing to remember never ever hurt your mother. She dont deserve it. She loves you without limits. Always try to please her and be a Good obidient child.

Location

Lahore

I committed a sin and as a result I've been struck with a disease from that act and I'll have to carry it for the rest of my life. Will Allah cleanse me of my sins even though I don't think I deserve it.

Location

Nigeria

lately i have been at my worst, i started talking to alot of girls, stealing , drinking, even smoked weed once, but worst of all i had a girlfriend, and i did something i regret so much and it is awakening me right now.i have done wrong with her, and i have been praying to god that i did not get her preganant, although it was for a couple seconds and did not ejaculate, i regret everything, i feel so ashamed of my life. i am only 15 turning 16 in a month, i do many haram things that i do not wanna talk about. i need help, badly , and i want to stop. today i prayed and was asking allah for forgiveness from the bottom of my heart since a very very long time.i do not know what to do anymore, i feel like i could have ruined my life completly, how can i look at my parents and family the same? i really hope with the bottom of my heart that she did not get pregnant or my life is over. i feel like my whole life has been a bad dream and i am starting to wake up right now.i feel like their would be no point in living if i made her pregnant, how am i suppose to tell my mom? how can i sleep at night, knowing i have done this to my life and more importantly ruined my moms happiness

Location

ontario

The fact that you are starting to realize that all you have done is wrong, is a HUGE step. Starting to realize what you did was bad is the hardest thing (for someone who commits sins) to do. The next step is to pull yourself closer and closer to Allah. Pray, read the Quran, give charity, listen to Muslim scholars on YouTube and learn more about Islam, etc. Even if your sins are bigger than this world, Allah will always forgive you. And honestly you're young. You're also a human. We make mistakes, especially in our teen years. We are not meant to be perfect. So even if you acknowledge what you did is wrong and keep repenting, Allah will forgive you and make everything better. And I'm hoping that the girl did not get pregnant and I hope you are guided on the right path! May Allah bless you brother.

Location

Canada

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