Repentance (Tawbah)

Tawba (Arabic: توبة‎ alternatively spelled: tevbe or tawbah, Turkish: tövbe) is the Islamic concept of repenting to God due to performing any sins and misdeeds. It is a direct matter between a person and God, so there is no intercession. There is no original sin in Islam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 2 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

As we know, marital betrayal of this kind is a serious problem and a grave sin. Froma fiqhi perspective, she is still married to her husband, and although she committed zina, her marriage to her husband is still valid. She does need to repent, but she does not need to remarry her husband. 

And Allah knows best. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

Repentance needs real feeling of sorrow on committing the sinful act and firm decision not to do it again. If you just fear the punishment but do not sincerely feel sorry for committing the sin or you did not decide to refrain from doing it again, then there is no question of forgiveness.

Wassalam.

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Muslim must be honest and truthful when dealing with any human being, Muslims and non Muslims. Steeling is a major sin. You must try your best to reach to the host family and return the item to the owner. You should ask every one who may be able to guide you to the owner.

If your search does not lead you to the owner, and you lose hope in reaching to them, then you should pay the original value of the item to poor and needy as a Sadaqa on behalf of the owner.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 4 months ago

Allah forgives those who sincerely repent and return to Him. He knows the intention of every one.

Wassalam. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

From Ameerul Momineen (AS):
Seeking forgiveness is the degree of highest level believers. It is a name that has six components :
First: Regret for the past.
Second: Determination to never do it again.
Third: to give back the creatures their rights so that you return to God Almighty with out carry that burden.
Fourth: To intend to perform every obligation that you have missed.
Fifth: to deliberate on the flesh that grew from Haraam to dissolve it with sadness until the skin is affixed to the bone and new flesh arises between them.
Sixth: Make your body taste the pain of obedience, as the sweetness of disobedience inflicted on it.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 7 months ago

The narrated Hadeeth says: The person who sincerely repents his sins is like a person who has no sins.  التائب من الذنب كمن لا ذنب له

It depends on the degree of the sincerity in the repentance and the firm decision not to commit that sin again.

Some very sincere believers who committed sinful acts in their past, then repented and became very pious, not only get forgiveness, but their sins are transferred into good deeds, as we read in Quran (Exceot those who repent and believe and do good, those whose sinful deeds will be changed by Allah into good deeds, verily Allah forging and merciful) (Al-Forqan:70).

Narrated Hadeeth says: When a believer sincerely repents and become pious, Allah makes people and angels who witnessed his previous sins, gorges his sins.

'Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 7 months ago

as salam alaikum

Indeed Allah is the Doer of whatever He wills (11:107). At the same time He has taken upon Himself mercy (6:12). If repentance is done sincerely and with remorse, and the promise to God not to sin again is accompanied with true resolution, Allah is the All-Forgiver.

However if some duty has been missed (like prayer or fasting) or if the rights of some people has been violated (like in the case of stealing or backbiting), the person should also make-up for those errors and/or adjust what has been violated.

With prayers for your success.

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Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb, Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb has a BA in Law from Guilan University, Iran and has also undertaken Hawzah studies in Qom. He is a Cultural Affairs director of Ethics Group of Al-Mustafa Open... Answered 7 months ago

Assalamu Alaikum
Allah (swt) states in the Holy Quran that He will forgive all the sins:
Surah Zumar(39) verse (59)
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ 
Say [that Allah declares,] ‘O My servants who have committed excesses against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah will forgive all sins. Indeed, He is the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

But we have to bear in mind that repentance has some conditions:
 
Tawbah is not accepted from one who merely declares, “I repent.” There are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled before the acceptance of Tawbah. These are mentioned below in the following hadith:

• It is narrated that someone said: Astaghfirullah (I seek God's forgiveness) before Imam ‘Ali (a). He said to him. "May your mother mourn for you! Do you know what istighfar is? Verily istighfar is a degree of the 'illiyyun (people of high station) and it is a word that means six things. First is remorse over the past. Second, the resolution not to return to it ever. Third, to return to creatures their (formerly usurped) rights so that you meet God Almighty in a state of purity in which no one has any claim against you. Fourth, that you fulfil every duty that you neglected in order to satisfy your obliga­tion in respect to it. Fifth, that you attend to the flesh of your body that has grown on unlawful nourishment so that it melts away as a result of grief and mourning and your skin adheres to your bones, after which new flesh grows in its place. Sixth, that you make your body taste the pain of obedience in the same way as it earlier tasted the pleasure of sins. When you have done these things then say Astaghfirul­lah! [Nahj al‑Balagha, saying # 417]

This noble tradition mentions two prerequisites for Tawbah (remorse and resolution), two important conditions for its acceptance (returning the rights of creatures and of the Creator), and finally two points for the perfection of repentance.

read more here:
https://www.al-islam.org/articles/merits-soul-repentance-tawbah

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

Repenting the sin needs seeking forgiveness and sincere and firm decision not to commit the sin again and performing all the missed prayers as Qadha.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 7 months ago

as salam alaikum

repentance is returning to Allah after having sinned or misbehaved. It implies remorse for a sin that has been committed, resolution fo not repeating the sin again, and giving back the right to the people that have being wronged (if any). Repentance does not imply mutilation of any part of the body and actually it is forbidden for a believer to self-mutilate himself.

With prayers for your success.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 7 months ago

as salam alaikum

since you were doing a good deed with good intention, you didn't do anything wrong, let alone not being Muslim or having left Islam. 

A believer should be aware that Shaytan is always ready to whisper to him and one way to fight him is to ignore bad thoughts and multiply good actions.

With prayers for your success.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 8 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Although using what is referred to as "pirated" maybe illegal in some countries, due to violation of copyright laws, it does not necessarily mean it is haram to do, from a shar'i perspective. 

This would mean that there is no need for you to "repent" for such a thing. I would advice one observes caution, so as to not get legally in trouble, and follow the infringement laws of where you live. 

And Allah knows best.