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Last updated: 2nd July 2006
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2nd July 2006

I have committed a great sin will i be ever forgiven for it. What should i do to be forgiven by Allah.

Ulamaa ID 03
Answer last updated on:
4th July 2006
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Ulamaa ID 03
Location: UK
In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Assalamu alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Respected Brother

We hope the following points will be helpful to you:

Making Tawbah - A positive sign of a believer, after having sinned is the searing sensation of guilt. We must class Guilt as a blessing from Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'ala and a mark of Imaan. Stoke this guilt to keep yourself firm on the Obedience of Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'ala. Keep making Istighfar over past actions but do not mull over them to the extent that one loses hope - rather be positive and have hope in the Mercy of Allah, which is one of the salient qualities of a Muslim. However, to hope for the Mercy of Allah without making sincere Tawbah is mere folly.

Conditions for Repentance:
1. To stop the sin;
2. Sincere regret for the commission of sin;
3. Resolve to guard oneself from the sin;

Allah says in the Qur'aan, "Ask your Lord for forgiveness and then turn in repentance to Him," (11:3) and He says, "O you who believe! Turn in sincere repentance to Allah." (66:8)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam said, “The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.” [Ibn Maja (3240)] He also said, “Remorse is repentance.” [Ibn Maja (4242) and Ahmad (3387)]

Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam said, "Allah will turn towards anyone who turns in repentance before the sun rises from the place it set." [Muslim]

And Allah knows Best
Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh