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 am under fifteen years and I keep masturbating whenever I am in the shower I don't know if it is masturbation if you don't ejaculate but still.I am trying to become a better muslim but at the moment my sister is taking care of us for a few days while my parents do zakat and she's not religious at all she keeps buying haram food I eat it knowing that its haram because if I don't she'll say why don't you cook yourself and shout at me PLEASE HELP I don't know what I should do to repent

Location

Camden town

Okay so about the masturbation , just try to avoid it and pray whenever you feel like it or get out of the shower if u feel like doing it there , about the food...if u can somehow get ur own money then buy ur own food AND tell ur mom about it immediately !!!! Also always seek for forgiveness from allah! Allah is the most merciful my little friend...your still young honey just try to always do ur best as a Muslim okay 

Location

North Africa

Don’t think about that Allah is the most forgiving and most merciful and will forgive you and your family.

Location

Somewhere

Look guys, it's ok to do mistakes because everyone has at least done 1 million mistakes in their life. if you EVER do a mistake, then if i were you, i would go and pray to god and say sorry what you have done.

Location

manchester

Whilst I was in a marriage, me and my ex husband commited adultry with different people.
My husband is in jail now and im looking into getting re-married.
To get my islamic divorce do I have to tell the shiek or Imam that I have committed adultry?
I have repented and will never do it again.
But again I ask does the sheik need to know this sin , as this is not the reason for the divorce.

Location

Sydney

i am shy kind of guy and try to be good person but in my early teen age i built a bad habit of sin of masturbating and watching porn then i started watching sex cam shows then i started getting naked in front of camera talking with girls i was totally addicted to it....thanks to Allah he gave me a chance to repent and i did astaghfar and asked Allah for his forgiveness and started praying but after a month i felt an urge to watch porn and masturbate again i controlled myself but tonight i did that sin by making excuse that this will be last time and will never do it....i knew it was a sin but still i did it..now i am ashamed i dont know why i am repeatedly doing this sin....please help me so i can counter this bad habit....! please someone answer me because i know many brothers are drowning in this sin maybe my question can help them.....!Assalam U Alaikum

Location

pakistan

This is without doubt zina and it is very hard to get out of trust me.... the best advise i can give u is refrain yourself ... read the quraan with meanings and lots of islamic videos ... once u invoke the fear of allah(swt) inside you .. the doors of goodness will open and the bad will shut down... at the beginning start praying 5 times a day regularly with full concentration on wudhu and salah for it purifies ur soul and body ... u might not stop immediately but slowly u ll see how masturbation is a needless act just another trick of shaitaan to take u away from allah... brother allah loves you so much if only u knew how much ... you just need to get back to him and follow sunnah... u can do it brother u can stop this act ... inshallah

Location

India

O my brother as you know that “Zina”is a very bad sin in islam but as Allah (SwT ) said that he is the most merciful and forgiving .... and since you are addicted to these things they are very harmful and cannot leave you easily. Brother, try to do istighfar as much as you can do and seek help and forgiveness from Allah . You must have controlled it from early age and think positive that its haram and the punishment of jahanum is very severe so try staying away from these things lower your gaze , repent continuously, offer prayers at their exacr time . This may inshallah help you and your condition is very sad ... I will personally make dua from Allah for you to forgive you and make you to follow the right path

Location

Pakistan

It's okay I did the same think once to but remember allah is always forgiving of you repent I know my mistake and I accept it for that I ask you believe in allah and the prophet ( peace be upon him) no matter how bad your sins are ask for forgiveness.

Location

America

Assalamualaykum.... i'm 21 yrs old medical student girl ...... before entering medical profession i have never thaught off opposite sex... but as d dayz past i found myslef getting involved into pornography ... aftr i have started chatting with a guy who is 25 n from india ...... it lead to a series of words which made him imagine me at his side at night and made me imagine d same . He nevr saw me but i have seen his photos ...... since we both r medical students we ended up in discussing sexual activities dat took place in our imagination between us.......ths guy is totally into me and is confident with the relationshp to continue as nikaah in futur...but i hav been dying of guilt dat i have comitted a very big sin ....can u plzz help me to know will allah ever forgive me ...will allah accept my prayers....plzzz sister in need of help

Location

Pakistan

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