I’ve been coming across certain Muslim brothers who feel like they have done so much haram (forbidden acts) in their life that they can never change and its too late. Wake Up!! Thats the worst way to think, shatan (the devil) is just trying to play you. Remember your still alive, as long as the rooh (soul) has not reached the throat then make moves and repent.
People get caught up with their emotions and put themselves down. We have to remember Allah (God Almighty) can save us at anytime from the hellfire, we have to do everything in our power to make a niyyah and be sincere to changing and rectifying our inner selves.
Just press this onto your heart….”You do your best and Allah will do the rest” as Mufti Abdul Rehman Ibn Yusuf told me.
Today a friend of mine asked me if a Muslim brother or sister has fornicated before marriage then do they have to marry a non virgin? Good question, i started doing my research and eventually ended up on sunnipath.com to hear my man Sheikh Faraz Rabbani’s answer.
As i was looking i found that a sister had already asked this question, basically she asked does a virgin have to marry a virgin and fornicator to a fornicator. She also said ” isn’t it true that once you have sincerely repented from the sin from the bottom of your heart, do not go back to committing it that it is as if you had never committed the sin and are as good as a pious person if not above them?
The shiekh responded- Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray that this finds you well, and in the best of health and spirits. May Allah grant you all good and success in this life and the next.
The concerns you mention are true, because as the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The one who repents from sin is like the one who never sinned.” Legally–as answers in the SunniPath QA (http://qa.sunnipath.com) explain–someone not known by people as a non-virgin is considered a virgin, and all the rulings apply to them.
And Allah alone gives success.
So don’t get it twisted. We must make an effort to change and turn to repentance anytime we do something haram, this is just one example.
Shiekh Hamza Yusuf Hanson Al- Maliki mentioned that as long as we are alive we have the ability to make our own life but even more deeply edit our movie. What he meant by this was that just like in Hollywood they make movies and they are able to edit and cut out whatever is not needed, similarly we should think about our life movie that will be shown to us on the day of judgment and while we are alive we are writing our movie script and the best way to edit it – is to repent!
We make dua Allah guides us all and forgives us for our shortcomings in this life and accept our repentance. Ameen!