Thursday, December 16, 2010

~ a question ~

-- a question about sins --

There is a question, from a Muslim claimed himself a sinner..


I am a sinner  and I find it hard to repent. If I just ask for forgiveness is that okay? Can major sins be forgiven if only ask for forgiveness?

Even though I am a major sinner and since I got involved in the worst sins and not have repented, can i still think ALLAH is merciful and have hope from only asking for forgiveness?

I know the end place for sinner is hell but I cant keep on thinking that i will rot in hell and keep on missing prayers. I want to have hope again and think positive and make dua as much as I can even though it is said that sins prevent duas from being accepted.

Also if  I sin and not repent but do good deeds will ALLAH still be angry with me? At the moment I am having hopes although I have not repented for all my sins, is this wrong and is it only false hope?

And here is the answers:

Allâh accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they to whom Allâh will forgive and Allâh is Ever All ­Knower, All ­Wise. [4:17]

And surely, I am indeed Forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them, (till his death). [20:82]

In order for forgiveness to be accepted, these conditions should be met:

(1) The crime is committed out of ignorance, not with the intention that, "Let us go ahead and commit this crime as Allah is forgiving, so He will forgive us.";

(2) Quickly turn into shame and repentance after committing a crime out of ignorance;

(3) After asking for forgiveness, make a promise or pledge to "mend his ways", and to stick to His promise. 

How does Allah forgive us?

When we commit a sin, four witnesses are established against us.

a) The place we did the crime (i.e., scene of the murder).
"On that day, the earth will reveal all its secrets." (99:4)

b) The organ we used to commit the crime. "When their ears, their eyes, their skin will testify against them." (41:21)
"That day we seal up mouths, and hands speak out and feet bear witness to all that they did." (36:65)

c) The Angels who record the deeds (Kiraman Katebeen).
"The honored writers know what you do." (82:11)

d) "We record that which they send before them, and their footprints, and all things we have kept in a clear register." (36:12)

Now, with four such strong witnesses, how can we present ourselves to Allah? So He (the Al-Wakeel--the Defender), like a smart lawyer, removes all the witnesses against those whose repentance has been accepted, so that we present ourselves with a clean record. Case dissolved due to lack of witnesses. Hadith is like this. 

"When Allah accepts repentance and forgives His servant, then recording angels erase their records, organs lose their memories, and earth removes its stains of evidence so that when that person appears before Allah, there is no one to be a witness against him. Subhan Allah.

Remember, asking for forgiveness is not just for our sins, but also for our needs as well.

Thus after repenting and asking for forgiveness, we must mend our ways and not go back to Kufr and fall prey to the tactics of Satan (Iblis) again. While we expect Allah to be kind and merciful and forgive our major and minor sins, we are unforgiving towards our fellow human beings!

On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: Allah the Almighty said:

O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it. (hadith 34 Arbain)
--It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal). Its chain of authorities is sound--

Allah said: "surely Allah loves those who turn much (to Him), and He loves those who purify themselves". (2:222)


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