He Wants To Commit Haraam Actions Then
Repent: Will His Repentence Be Accepted?
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I was just wondering if some says he will drink
and do zinna and do haram stuff and then he will
repent will his repentence be accepted.
Praise be to Allaah.
This questioner – may Allah guide him – does not
realise that he has already disobeyed Allah, may He be
exalted, by saying this even if he has not committed
the sins that he stated clearly he would commit.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be
pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) said: "Allaah, may He be
glorified and exalted, will forgive my ummah for
whatever crosses their minds so long as they do not
act upon it or speak of it."
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4968; Muslim, 127.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:
(The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him)) has told us that Allah forgives whatever crosses
a person's mind so long as he does not speak of it. So
a distinction is made between thoughts that cross the
mind and words that are spoken. And he told us that he
will not be blamed for a passing thought unless he
speaks of it. What is meant is unless his tongue
utters it, according to scholarly consensus.
End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa, 7/133
It was narrated from Abu Kabshah al-Anmaari that he
heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) say: People of this world are four
types: a man to whom Allaah gives wealth and
knowledge, so he fears his Lord concerning it, upholds
ties of kinship with it and realizes that something is
due to Allah for that. This man will attain the
highest status. (The second is) a man to whom Allaah
gives knowledge but He does not give him wealth, but
he is sincere in intention and says: If I had wealth,
I would have done what (the first man) did. He will be
judged according to his intention and their reward
will be the same. (The third one is) a man to whom
Allah gives wealth but does not give knowledge, so he
squanders his wealth without knowledge and does not
fear Allah concerning it or uphold ties of kinship
with it, and he does not realize that something is due
to Allah for that. His will be the lowest status.
(Then there is) a man to whom Allah gave neither
wealth nor knowledge, but he says: If I had wealth I
would do what (the third man) did. He will be judged
according to his intention, and their burden of sin
will be the same.
Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 2325; he said: this is a
saheeh hasan hadeeth. Also narrated by Ibn Maajah,
This questioner also has to pay attention to the fact
that he may not be able to repent because of being
overwhelmed by his whims and desires, his regarding
sin as permissible and his persisting in it. He may
not be able to do that because his time has come and
his soul is taken. Let him listen to the words of
Allah, may He be glorified and exalted (interpretation
of the meaning):
"And We shall turn their hearts and their eyes away
(from guidance), as they refused to believe therein
for the first time, and We shall leave them in their
trespass to wander blindly"
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
This is part of greater understanding: that a man
fears that his sins may cause him misfortune at the
time of death and keep him from a good end. Imam Ahmad
narrated from Abu'd-Darda' that when he was dying, he
would lose consciousness then he would come to and
recite: "And We shall turn their hearts and their eyes
away (from guidance), as they refused to believe
therein for the first time, and We shall leave them in
their trespass to wander blindly"
Because of that, the early generation feared sins,
lest they kept them from a good end.
End quote from al-Jawaab al-Kaafi by Ibn al-Qayyim,
This questioner has to ask his Lord for forgiveness
and repent to Him for having said this and having
resolved to commit sin and persist in it. Allah, may
He be glorified and exalted, has enjoined repentance
upon His slaves. He says (interpretation of the
"O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere
repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from
you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which
rivers flow (Paradise)"
Allah, may He be exalted, has told us that He accepts
repentance from His slaves and that He will pardon
them; indeed He will turn their bad deeds into good
deeds. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"And He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves,
and forgives sins, and He knows what you do"
"Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic
Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allaah
will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is
Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful"
Sincere repentance, according to the scholars, is that
which fulfils the following conditions:
(a) Sincerity in repentance
(b) Giving up the sin
(c) Regretting the sin
(d) Resolving not to go back to the sin
(e) Repenting in time, for Allah does not accept
repentance when the death rattle sounds before the
soul is taken, or after the sun rises from its place
(f) Restoring people's rights if the sin had to do
with the rights of other people
We give our brother the glad tidings that if he has
not done what he intended and spoke of, and he
refrained from that out of fear of Allah and respect
for His sacred limits, then Allah, may He be exalted,
will record one good deed in his record, instead of
the bad deed that he was thinking of doing.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger
of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)
said: "Allah says: ‘If My slave thinks of doing a bad
deed then do not write it down for him unless he does
it, then if he does it write it down as one bad deed.
And if he refrains from it for My sake, write down one
good deed for him. If he wants to do a good deed then
he does not do it, write it down as one good deed and
if he does it, write it down tenfold up to seven
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7026; Muslim, 129.
And Allah knows best.