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Ismailis have a ceremony called the CHHANTA ceremony in which the representative of their present Imam forgives sins of the Murids by sprinking linking Aab-e-Zam Zam on them.

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You are doing a great job, and I hope misguided people take guidance from your site. Ismailis have a ceremony called the CHHANTA ceremony in which the representative of their present Imam forgives sins of the Murids by sprinking linking Aab-e-Zam Zam on them. According to the Ismaili`s, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Hazrat Ali (A.S) also used to forgive sins of Muslims. I know this is not true, but I dont have any proof. Please reply in the light of references from Quran.Please reply soon, its very urgent.

 

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Forgive sins by zam zam

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

If an individual has harmed or usurped the rights or oppressed another individual, and the oppressor beseeches the oppressed to forgive him, the oppressed is well within his rights to forgive his brother, if he wishes to do so.

 

But none in creation has the power or the right to go about forgiving all the sins of others.this is the Right of Allah Subhanah Alone!!!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 42 Surah Ash-Shura verse 25:

25 He (Allah) is the One that accepts repentance from His Servants and forgives sins: and He knows all that ye do.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumah verses 53-54:

53 Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah (Alone) forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

54 Turn ye to your Lord (in repentance) and bow to His (Will) before the Penalty comes on you: after that ye shall not be helped.


 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 60 (part):

. for Allah (Alone) is One that blots out (sins) and forgives (again and again).

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:

Allah likes such good people very much, who, if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin, remember Allah instantly, and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings. For who but Allah can forgive sins? (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did. These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah, and with Gardens beneath which canals flow, and they will reside therein forever! How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!

 

Your Statement: Ismailis have a ceremony called the CHHANTA ceremony in which the representative of their present Imam forgives sins of the Murids by sprinking linking Aab-e-Zam Zam on them. According to the Ismaili`s, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Hazrat Ali (A.S) also used to forgive sins of Muslims.

The literal meaning of the Urdu language term Chaanta is to sprinkle.

 

It is absolutely absurd to believe that one has the power or the authority to forgive the sins of others by simply sprinkling some water on them! And it is even more absurd and a manifest blasphemy to attribute such absurdity to the noble self of the Messenger of Allah (saws) or even his noble companion of the like and stature of Hadrat Ali (r.a.)!!!

 

Allah is our witness sister, there is absolutely nothing in the Quran or the authentic and established Sunnah whereby the Lord Most All-Mighty or His Noble Messenger (saws) ever endorsed such a ritual, whereby any human being has the authority or the power or the right to forgive the sins of others by simply sprinkling some water on them!

 

If one wishes to get ones sins forgiven, the Quran and the Sunnah have established and endorsed the system of Taubah or sincere repentance:

 

The conditions or ways to seek sincere Taubah or Repentance from the Merciful Lord are:

  1. One is aware that he has sinned, and feels sorry and ashamed at his sin.
  2. Makes a solemn covenant and promise with Allah that he will not repeat his sin again.
  3. Turns to Allah and seeks forgiveness, before he has met with his appointment of death.
  4. Is a believer and does righteous good deeds thereafter.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 17-18:

17 Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy; for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

18 Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil until death faces one of them and he says "Now have I repented indeed"; nor of those who die rejecting faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:

When those come to you who believe in Our Signs, say: "Peace be on you! Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct), Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

 

Your Question: According to the Ismaili`s, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Hazrat Ali (A.S) also used to forgive sins of Muslims. I know this is not true, but I dont have any proof. Please reply in the light of references from Quran.

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, the onus of providing the proof for something is always on the one who makes or initiates a claim! If some sect priests claim that the sprinkling of zam-zam water has the power or ability to forgives all sins, it is they who should be asked to provide the proof for their ritual from one of the two sources of Truth: the Quran and/or the Sunnah!!!

 

We assure you in the Blessed Name of Allah Subhanah that there is absolutely no evidence in the Quran and the Sunnah even remotely associated with the self-invented ritual of chaanta or the sprinkling of zam-zam water to purify oneself from ones sins!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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