As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 8


I repent and return to the sins, what should I do?

I repent and return to the sins, what should I do?

I am a young man, who has committed many evil deeds. I have attempted a number of times to compel myself to Tawbah (repentance) but I return to the sins. I have friends from my neighborhood who are not righteous. Please guide me to the way, which will bring me closer to Allah and distance me from sinful actions.

Answer by Shaikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz (rahimahullah), 'Allah says, Say, 'O Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. Verily, Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.' [Soorah az-Zumar (39): 53] The scholars have a consensus that this verse was revealed concerning those who make Tawbah (repent). So, he who makes Tawbah an-Nasoohah (the sincere repentance), Allah forgives all his sins for, Allah says in the Qur'aan, '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)' [Soorah at-Tahrim (66): 8] So, Allah has combined forgiveness of sins and entering into Paradise with Tawbah an-Nasoohah in this verse. It (Tawbah an-Nasoohah) consists of abandoning the sins and guarding one's self against it and regret over what has passed, and true resolution not to return to it as an honor and respect for Allah, hope in His rewards and safeguarding one's self from His punishment.

From the prerequisites of Tawbah an-Nasoohah is to return the rights of those who have been wronged whether in blood, wealth or honor. If it is not feasible to give back the brother his honor, then one should make a lot of Dua for him and mention his good deeds that he knows of, in gatherings where he has slandered/maligned him. Good deeds cancel out the bad deeds and Allah says, 'And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.' Allah has adjoined success with Tawbah, which indicates that those who repent are the successful people. Moreover, if the one who repents follows his Tawbah with Eeman and good deeds, Allah will erase his bad deeds and replace them with good deeds as Allah says in Soorah Furqan when He mentioned Shirk, killing without right and adultery, 'And those who invoke not any other ilah (god) along with Allah, nor kill such life as Allah 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 Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.' [Soorah Furqan (25): 68-70]

What inspires and prompts one to make Tawbah is invoking Allah and asking him for guidance that he may confer upon you the blessing of making Tawbah. 'And your Lord said, 'Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation).' [Soorah Ghafir (40): 60] and He also says, 'And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor).' [Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 186]

Also, what motivates one to make Tawbah and keep steadfast on it is the company of good people and assisting one another in performing good deeds and distancing oneself from bad company. Allah's Messenger r said, 'Man is on the religion of his companion, so let one of you chose whom to befriends.' [At-Tirmidhee] The Messenger of Allah r also said, 'Verily, the example of a good companion in comparison to an evil one is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellow. From the first you would either get a gift of his musk's scent, buy some from him, or enjoy its good smell, while the bellow will either burn your clothes, or give you a bad, nasty smell thereof.' [Agreed upon] [Majmoo Fatawa wa-Maqalat Mutanawwi'a (part 6, p.252). Arabic fatawa published at,]

Translated by Shawana A. Aziz

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