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Monday, January 16, 2006

ALL SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN

1.Allah forgives all sins

Allah(SWT) gives a heart warming promise in the Qur'an in Surah Zumur
39:53 "Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls.
Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

Allah(SWT) made the story of Adam(pbuh) as an example to all mankind
when both he and his wife disobeyed the command of Allah, they sought
Allah's forgiveness and both were forgiven.

Allah calls all mankind to repent for their sins. And he says in the
Quran in Surah Yusuf 12:87 "truly no one despairs of Allah's soothing
mercy, except those who have no Faith." and in Surah al Hijr 15:56 "who
despairs of the mercy of his Lord, but such as go astray?"

There are people who dispair of Allah's mercy and think that they are
such sinners that Allah will never forgive them. Allah says in these
two verses that such people actually disbelieve in Allah. This is because
Allah has the attributes Ar Rahman (Most Gracious), Ar Raheem (Most
Merciful), At Tawwaab(Oft Returning), Al Gafoor(Most
Forgiving). When we despair of Allah's forgiveness and mercy it is as
if we are disbelieving of Allah's these attributes.

2.Conditions of a Sincere Repentance.

Allah describes these conditions in Surah Al e Imran 3:135-136 "135 And
those who, having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own
souls, and ask for forgiveness for their sins, and who can forgive sins
except Allah? and are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the
wrong) they have done 136 For such the reward is forgiveness from their
Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath- an eternal dwelling:
how excellent a recompense for those who work (and strive)!"

Condition 1: Feeling guilty of doing the act of sin
The realisation in a person thqat he has done or has been doing a sin.
He has been wronging his own soul.

Condition 2: Stop doing the sin
3:135 "..and are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in (the wrong)
they have done". For sincere repentance the person should stop doing
the sin for which he is repenting.

Condition 3: Seek forgiveness from Allah
3:135 "..ask for forgiveness for their sins, and who can forgive sins
except Allah?" 42:25 " It is he who accepts repentance from his servants

Condition 4: Determine never to do the act of sin again

Condition 5: Correction
If some persons rights have been violated then those rights should be
fulfilled. Eg if a person has beeen robbed then what has been robbed has
to be restored. This is because the violations in Huqooq al Ibaad –
rights of the creation will not be forgiven by Allah until they are
restored.

Rasoolullah (SAW) said "Do you know who is poor? They (the Companions
of the Holy Prophet)said: A poor man amongst us is one who has neither
dirham with him nor wealth. He (the Holy Prophet) said: The poor of my
Umma would be he who would come on the Day of Resurrecton with prayers
and fasts and Zakat but (he would find himself bankrupt on that day as
he would have exhausted his funds of virtues) since he hurled abuses
upon others, brought calumny against others and unlawfully consumed the
wealth of others and shed the blood of others and beat others, and his
virtues would be credited to the account of one (who suffered at his
hand). And if his good deeds fall short to clear the account, then his sins
would be entered in (his account) and he would be thrown in the
Hell-Fire." [Sahih Muslim vol4: no 6251]

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