Can a person who unintentionally commits shirk but stops as the realisation dawns expect to be pardonned?

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Salaam Alaikum Brother Burhan,


A simple question from this sinful soul. I often hear people talk about Shirk being the only sin that will not be pardonned by Allah. What I would like to know can be broken in two or three simple questions:


1. Can a person who unintentionally commits shirk but stops as the realisation dawns expect to be pardonned?

2. Can someone who has never committed Shirk but keeps committing pardonnable sins like adultery, gambling, cheating, murder, disobedience of parents etc. till his death expect to be forgiven?


People who believe they do not commit shirk often boast of how they will be forgiven irrespective of whatever they have done throughout their lives, while those they allege of committing shirk are destined for hell. A simple and straight answer will be appreciated. Many thanks. JazakAllah Khair.

 

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Answer:

 

Unforgiveable sin shirk

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.

 

Your Question: Can a person who unintentionally commits shirk but stops as the realisation dawns expect to be pardonned?

Whatever sins one might have committed in ones past, even if it be the gravest and most heinous of all sins (shirk), as long as one turns in taubah unto their Lord Creator and seek sincere forgiveness for those sins before they meet with their appointment of death..The Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful has Promised that He is Wiling to forgive the sins of such a sincerely repentant believer.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:

(O Prophet) say: O My servants who have wronged their own souls.Do not despair of Allahs Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere.

 

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!

 

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."

 

But if Allah forbid, one were to die in the state of shirk, then the Lord Most Majestic Most Supreme has made it absolutely clear in His Glorious Quran that this abomination of shirk or associating or invoking other deities with the Lord, is absolutely unforgiveable in the Hereafter!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 65-66:

If you commit shirk (invoking or associating anything with or besides Allah) all your works will be rendered vain and you will be among the losers. Therefore, you should worship Allah Alone, and be among His grateful servants.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72:

Whoever commits shirk, Allah shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.

 

Allah says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa Verse 48

Shirk is the only sin that Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this. For whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie and commits the most heinous sin

 

Thus in response to your question, if a person intentionally or unintentionally is involved in the abomination of shirk, but before he meets with his appointment of death he realizes his transgression and turns unto his Lord Creator in taubah and seeks sincere repentance.it is expected that He will find His Lord Forgiving and Merciful.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2357 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "He who repents of a sin is like him who has committed no sin."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2338 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Allah accepts a servant's repentance (taubah) till he gives up his spirit in death."

 

Your Question: Can someone who has never committed Shirk but keeps committing pardonnable sins like adultery, gambling, cheating, murder, disobedience of parents etc. till his death expect to be forgiven?

Regardless of the quality or quantity of the sins one might have done in ones past, if before one meets with their appointment of death, one turns to Allah Subhanah in taubah, seeks sincere forgiveness for their past sins, and subsequently amends their conduct..it is expected that the Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful will forgive all the sins of such a repentant believer, even if his sins were as grave as shirk! But if Allah forbid, one dies in the state of shirk, there is absolutely no chance for the forgiveness of such a person.

 

If one has saved oneself from the abomination of shirk, but was involved in other grave transgressions like adultery, or gambling, or disobedience of parents, or even murder, etc..and one died in a state whereby he did not seek forgiveness for these heinous sins..then his case rests with Allah Subhanah. If The Lord Most Majestic Most Supreme Wills and Pleases, He may take full retribution from the person for his evil deeds; and if the Lord Most Gracious Most Merciful Wills and Pleases, He may forgive all the sins of the person.

 

Your Question: People who believe they do not commit shirk often boast of how they will be forgiven irrespective of whatever they have done throughout their lives, while those they allege of committing shirk are destined for hell. A simple and straight answer will be appreciated. Many thanks.

Respected brother, it is not as if one who does not commit the abomination of shirk has a license to commit other grave sins..but the guidance of Allah unto His believing slaves is to fear Him and His Day of Tribunal and strive their absolute utmost to save themselves from falling into any type of sin, whether open or secret!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 47:

47   We shall set up the Scales of Justice for the Day of Judgment so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least. And if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it (to account): and enough are We to take account!

 

Allah is our witness brother, if only the person who claims to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and in his arrogance and albeit utter ignorance dares to boast that he is one of those who expects to be forgiven by the Lord only knew what tumult, turmoil, furor, mayhem, and utter and absolute turbulence that Inevitable Day of Tribunal will bring..never, never, never, ever would he make such absolutely obnoxious claims!!!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verses 1-2:

1 O mankind! Fear your Lord! For the convulsion of the Hour (of Judgment) will be a thing terrible!

2 The Day ye shall see it every mother giving suck shall forget her suckling-babe; and every pregnant female shall drop her load (unformed); thou shalt see mankind as in a drunken riot yet not drunk; but dreadful will be the Wrath of Allah.

 

Allah is our witness brother, believers who came before including the Noble Prophets of Allah Subhanah including the Last and Final Messenger of Allah (saws) Himself, his eminent and noble companions of the likes of Hadrat Abu Bakr (r.a.), Hadrat Umar (r.a.), Hadrat Uthmaan (r.a.), Hadrat Ali (r.a.) and the likes would spend their nights in prostrations and soaked eyes beseeching their Lord Most Majestic to forgive them their errors and their short-comings and their sins!

 

It is reported in authentic traditions that the Messenger of Allah (saws) himself, for whom the Lord Most Merciful had forgiven his past and future errors, used to seek the forgiveness of Allah at least seventy times a day!

 

It is reported that Hadrat Abu Bakr (r.a.) used to look at a bird and his heart would soften and his eyes would shed tearsand he (r.a.) is recorded to have said how fortunate was the bird for it would have to give absolutely no account to Allah for its deeds on the Day of Judgment.in absolute fear and awe of the Lord and the Last Day, he (Abu Bakr (r.a.)) is reported to have said What will you do (O Abu Bakr) when The Lord Most Majestic Asks you why you did such and such a thing and/or why you did not do such and such a thing?

 

Hadrat Umar (r.a.) is reported to have declared that if on the Day of Judgment, his evil and his good deeds are balanced in the Scales of Allah, he would consider himself the most fortunate and successful in creation!

 

It is reported that Hadrat Ali (r.a.) would start shivering as the time of prayer would get near in absolute and utter fear of standing in the Majestic Audience of his Lord Most Supreme in prayer!

 

.and this was the state of the believers whom Allah Subhanah Himself and His Messenger (saws) had promised Paradise in the Hereafter!

 

For a believer like you and me to scoff at others and/or assume that we will be amongst those who will definitely be forgiven by the Lord Most Majestic Most Supreme on that Tumultuous Day of Judgment would be the height of foolishness and of arrogance and of ignorance, to say the absolute least!!!

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

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