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Some of the Important Rulings on Tawbah


 


 

Bismillaahir ar-Rahmaanir ar-Raheem  

 

Asalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkaatuhu

There has been lot of articles and many ebooks in regards to the importance of tawbah, however there were certain important matter in regards to the situation of dealing with the sins we slip in however the by mercy of Allah the scholars have dealt with this questions and situations that we come across although we make tawbah we after sometime we slip in the same, may Allah forgive us and keep us firm upon the deen ameen. I have just gathered a few of these situations and questions in relation to tawbah and I hope inshallah it will be beneficial. 


Tawbah

The second question of Fatwa no. 4321:

Q 2: Is the way to Tawbah (repentance to Allah) open for people at any time, regardless of the types of misdeeds? A person may commit a sin that he fears to be disgraced with and later repents of this sin, observes Salah (prayer), Zakah (Obligatory Charity) and Sawm (Fast), and awfully regrets doing it. He spends the night crying and blaming himself and trying to escape from his anguished soul. However, he does not try to commit suicide to relieve himself from that disgrace, for he has strong faith in Allah and hopes that Allah will not expose his secret evils. Can the repentance of such a person be accepted? Is it possible that Allah will conceal his faults and not disgrace him by concealing what this person has done? Can he be sure of this?

A: A person should be sincere in his Tawbah, even if it is from Shirk (associating others in worship with Allah), Zina (premarital sexual intercourse and/or adultery), murder or ill-gotten money, regretting it and returning the rights back to their owners, or asking their forgiveness, then following this by doing virtuous deeds, will make Tawbah acceptable by Allah. In addition, Allah will replace the bad deeds with good ones in the records of deeds. Allah (may He be Exalted) says, describing the characteristics of His righteous servants, And those who invoke not any other ilâh (god) along with Allâh, nor kill such person as Allâh has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse — and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.  The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace;  Except those who repent and believe (in Islâmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allâh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.  And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds; then verily, he repents towards Allâh with true repentance. 

( Part No : 24, Page No: 296)

He (may He be Exalted) also says, Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), their past will be forgiven. , Say: “O ‘Ibâdî (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh: verily, Allâh forgives all sins. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. He (May he be Exalted) confirmed the saying of Ya`qub (Jacob) to to his sons, And never give up hope of Allâh’s Mercy. Certainly, no one despairs of Allâh’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. In addition, there are other Ayahs and Hadith to the same effect encouraging Tawbah and having hope in Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness. The door of Tawbah will always be open until the sun rises in the west, or until death.

Thus, whoever commits a sin should repent to Allah, regret their past deeds, return the rights back to their owners or acquire their forgiveness. They should also have great hope in Allah and seek His Mercy, even in the case of major sins; Allah’s Mercy is much more extensive and His Forgiveness is much more

( Part No : 24, Page No: 297)

all-encompassing. Furthermore, a person should avoid talking publicly about his misdeeds, hoping that Allah will conceal them and not expose them for Allah is the sole source of support.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud

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Conditions for making Tawbah 

 

 

Q 6: If a Muslim desists from committing the sins they used to commit, what are the conditions that should be met for Tawbah (repentance to Allah) to be accepted? What is your advice for those who commit sins, so that they might perform Tawbah before their death and not regretfully lose everything? 

A: First, they should perform sincere Tawbah, regret their past sins, and resolve not to commit them again. If it is a material thing, such as money, they should return the rights to their owners. If it is something that cannot be returned, they should ask them for forgiveness, supplicate to Allah for them and honor them.

Second, we recommend that they recite the Qur’an, the Hadiths of encouragement and admonition, remember the Hereafter and its terrors, befriend righteous people, and keep away from the those who do evil, so that they might perform Tawbah and Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah), and refrain from sins they are tempted to commit.

( Part No : 24, Page No: 298)

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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Weeping as a sign of Tawbah acceptance 

 

 

Fatwa no. 14341 

Q: I listened to a tape of an Islamic lecture by one of the shayks, who said that it is obligatory on Muslims to sit by themselves for an hour with their Lord to supplicate to Him and make Tawbah (repentance to Allah).

( Part No : 24, Page No: 305) 

And, if they cry and tears flow down during this time, they will know that Allah has accepted their Tawbah, but if they do not cry, Allah has not accepted it from them. Is this true? May Allah reward you with the best!

A: Crying tears through fear and awe of Allah (may He be Exalted) and reverential submission to Him is one of the characteristics of the faithful believers. Praising those who cry through fear of Him, Allah (may He be Exalted) says: And when they (who call themselves Christians) listen to what has been sent down to the Messenger (Muhammad peace be upon him), you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of the truth they have recognised. Also, it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are two eyes that shall not be touched by the Fire: an eye that weeps through fear of Allah and an eye that spends the night guarding in the Cause of Allah.” 

However, it is not a condition for the soundness of Tawbah to cry, the conditions are: giving up the sin, feeling regret for having committed it, and resolving never to return to it. Also, if the sin involved a violation of someone’s right, their right has to be restored to them.

( Part No : 24, Page No: 306)

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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Tawbah as obliterating sins 

 

Q 2: I frequently remember the sins I used to commit before I was guided, especially when I see the place where I used to commit the sin or the person with whom I committed it. This upsets me and makes me feel pain and regret. I wonder if my Tawbah (repentance to Allah) will erase my sins. I often remember my sins while I am performing Salah (Prayer). 

A: Anyone who makes sincere Tawbah to Allah, Allah promises to accept their Tawbah. Even better still, Allah, out of His Graciousness and Generosity, turns the sins into good deeds. Allah may (He be Exalted) says: Except those who repent and believe (in Islâmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allâh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al-Furqan, 25:70) Allah also (may He be Exalted) says: And verily, 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). (Surah Ta-Ha, 20:82) Satan strives hard to seduce humans to make them fall into evil and sin. If the person escapes from the snares of Satan, and he see that they have turned to Allah,

( Part No : 24, Page No: 307)

he starts to cast doubts into their heart regarding the sincerity of their Tawbah and magnify their sin in their eyes, making them think that Allah will not forgive such sins, because they are too many and too grave. He makes them forget that Allah states Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) to be the worst of all sins and the evilest of all misdeeds, and then He mentions the major sins, and promises to accept the Tawbah of anyone who turn to Him penitently and does righteous good deeds. If Satan does not find response, he starts to remind people of their past sins and misdeeds to make them feel sad. Allah (may He be Exalted) says: Secret counsel (conspiracy) is only from Shaitân (Satan), in order that he may cause grief to the believers. But he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allâh permits. And in Allâh let the believers put their trust. (Surah Al-Mujadalah, 58:10)Allah (may He be Exalted and Praised) orders His believing servants to seek His Refuge from Satan and describes him as “the retreating whisperer”, because he whispers to people and then retreats and flees once a Muslim seeks refuge with Allah and seeks His Help. Allah (may He be Exalted) says: Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind” The King of mankind  The Ilâh (God) of mankind  From the evil of the whisperer (devil who whispers evil in the hearts of men)  Who whispers in the breasts of mankind.  with jinn and men all together. So, you have to seek Allah’s Refuge from Satan and perform a lot of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah). According to an authentic Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Anyone who says: ‘La ilaha illa Allahu wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul-mulku walahul-hamdu wa-huwa ‘alakulli shay’in qadir (There is no deity except Allah, Alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Sovereignty and His is the Praise, and He is over all things Omnipotent),’

( Part No : 24, Page No: 308)

one hundred times every day, it will be equivalent for them to freeing ten slaves, and one hundred good deeds will be recorded for them, and one hundred bad deeds will be erased from them and it will be a protection for them against Satan on that day until evening comes. No one will come with anything better than it (on the Day of Resurrection), except for one who does more than this.” 

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan

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Intentionally committing a sin preventing the acceptance of Tawbah 

 

Fatwa no. 16155 

Q: I am a fifty-nine year old man. I was terrified when I heard the Words of Allah (may He be Exalted) saying (what means):  Allâh accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon (i.e. afterwards); it is they whom Allâh will forgive and Allâh is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise.    But repentance is not [accepted] of those who [continue to] do evil deeds up until, when death comes to one of them, he says, “Indeed, I have repented now,”   Does committing a sin while knowing that it is a sin preclude Tawbah (repentance to Allah)? Please advise me and may Allah bless you!

A: Commission of sin while knowing that it is a sin does not preclude Tawbah. The conditions for Tawbah are three: giving up the sin, feeling regret for having committed it, and resolving never to return to it.

( Part No : 24, Page No: 309)

If the sin involves a violation of someone’s right, it is obligatory that it be returned or their forgiveness sought. To conclude, anyone who disobeys Allah is ignorant.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

 

 

 

 

: Sincerity when making Tawbah  

 

Q 3: What is the ruling on someone who repents then returns to the same sin again later on?

A: If someone repents sincerely of the sin, gives it up and regrets it, but Satan and his own evil instincts overpower him into sinning again, this will not undo his repentance. He should repent of

( Part No : 24, Page No: 319)

sinning again as well as avoid the means leading to sins.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

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`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify

`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

 

 

Sinning and seeking forgiveness then sinning again and seeking forgiveness 

 

Q 2: What is the ruling on someone who goes back and forth between sin and repentance? Thank you. 

A: If that person seeks Allah’s Forgiveness, turns to Him in sincere repentance and abandons that sin, Allah will forgive him. If he later returns to sin but after that seeks Allah’s Forgiveness, turns to Him in sincere repentance and abandons the sin again, Allah will forgive him and so forth and so on. As long as there is sincere repentance, the results of misdeeds will be remitted. Allah (may He be Exalted) says, And verily, 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). He also says, Verily, your Lord is of Vast Forgiveness. 

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!

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Vowing not to commit a sin and breaching the vow 

 

Q 2: A man promised Allah (may He be Exalted) that he would not do any Munkar (that which is unacceptable or disapproved of by Islamic law and Muslims of sound intellect); he fulfilled his promise for three months but then he broke it. What is the ruling on this? Does this man have to make any Kaffarah (expiation)? Can his Tawbah (repentance to Allah) be accepted? 

A: If the reality is exactly as what is mentioned in the question that this man promised Allah (may He be Exalted) not to commit a Munkar then he did so; committing a Munkar is considered a sin and not fulfilling the concerned promise is another one. Thus, the person in question has to make Tawbah (repentance to Allah) and Istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah). He has to follow his bad deeds by good ones. He has to perform the congregational Salah regularly, recite the Qur’an, give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) and keep the ties of kinship so that hopefully Allah (may He be Exalted) will accept his Tawbah and forgive his sins. The person in question is not required to make any Kaffarah but he should not return to the same sin again.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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Annulling Tawbah 

 

 

The second question of Fatwa no. 2307 

Q 2: I am a single man who used to commit Zina (premarital sexual intercourse) and play cards. One day, I thought and intended to repent. I prayed two Rak`ahs in a Masjid (mosque) then I beseeched Allah to accept my repentance. However, later when I saw my friends playing cards before me, Satan – I seek refuge with Allah for him – overcame me and I played with them. I broke my repentance to Allah and played cards again. As for Zina, I have not committed it until now and I will never commit it again, Allah willing. By the favor and bounty of Allah, I made up my mind to renew my repentance concerning playing cards which I previously broke with Allah. Indeed, I renewed my repentance,so what is the Kaffarah (expiation) of breaking repentance? Is it possible to renew repentance after breaking it? Kindly advise. May Allah reward you. It is worth mentioning that I feel terrible and am troubled about breaking my repentance.

A: Acceptance of repentance has three conditions: 1- To admit guilt. 2- To repent from the sin. 3- To resolve never to repeat it again. If repentance is made due to the rights of individuals, a fourth conditions must be fulfilled which is to ask the individual forgiveness if it is impossible to return it to him. However, if it is returnable, one must return it unless the owner waives his right.

The repentance you made is of the first kind,

( Part No : 24, Page No: 321)

so if the aforementioned conditions are fulfilled, repentance is valid. You must repent from returning to playing cards and seek Allah’s forgiveness for the breach; Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) is Forgiving and Merciful.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

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`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud

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 Insistence on committing sin 

 

Q 3: What is the meaning of insisting on a sin? If a person commits a sin, repents from it, commits it again, then repents from it out of his desires and weak soul, is he regarded as a person insisting on the sin? 

A: Insisting on the sin is the practice of continuing to commit a particular sin. If a person commits a sin and then repents from it sincerely, repeats the same sin again out of his weak soul and then repents from it and so on, he will not be regarded as insisting on the sin.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

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Member

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The Chairman

`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud

`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan

`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify

`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

 

 

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