“There’s no point in making dua,” he moaned. “After what I’ve done, Allah will never forgive me! I might as well just quit trying to be a Muslim!”
Have you ever struggled with the darkness in yourself, to the point where you wondered whether Allah (swt) would even be willing to forgive you?
When you ask Allah (swt) to forgive your sins, how do you know you’re forgiven? For the most authoritative answer, let’s look to the highest authority!
Who gets forgiven?
Those who sincerely repent
Being truly sorry and willing to turn away from sin (being sure to ask for help in overcoming this sin) is an essential early step in the forgiveness process.
And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allah and seek forgiveness for their sins – and who can forgive sins except Allah? – and [who] do not persist in what they have done while they know. [Quran 3 :135]
O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. . . [Quran 66 :8]
He said, “My Lord, indeed I have wronged myself, so forgive me,” and He forgave him. Indeed, He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [Quran 28 :16]
Those who ask
As simple as this step seems, many find it a hard one to take! Set aside your pride and folly and ask Allah to forgive you.
Then depart from the place from where [all] the people depart and ask forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. [Quran 2 :199]
Those who believe— in Allah, the message, the messenger, the angels, and the prophets
If you don’t believe, the forgiveness process has no meaning for you.
The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], “We make no distinction between any of His messengers” . . . [Quran 2 :285]
Those who obey
Repenting and seeking forgiveness are part of obedience.
And they say, “We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination.” [Quran 2 :285]
People of every race, and nationality, and allegiance
That’s right— no one is excluded.
But the Jews and the Christians say, “We are the children of Allah and His beloved.” Say, “Then why does He punish you for your sins?” Rather, you are human beings from among those He has created. He forgives whom He wills, and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, and to Him is the [final] destination. [Quran 5 :18]
Those who accept the guidance of Allah (swt)
If you refuse to accept your creator’s guidance, you’ll continue to go astray without repenting.
Ask forgiveness for them, [O Muhammad], or do not ask forgiveness for them. If you should ask forgiveness for them seventy times – never will Allah forgive them. That is because they disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger, and Allah does not guide the defiantly disobedient people. [Quran 9 :80]
Those who value forgiveness
Is being forgiven more important to you than winning worldly success?
[Noah] said, “My Lord, I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers.” [Quran 11 :47]
Those who choose the good
Allah loves those who love goodness, and forgives them readily.
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. [Quran 33 :35]
Those who dedicate their lives to serving Allah and helping others
But those who have believed and emigrated and fought in the cause of Allah and those who gave shelter and aided – it is they who are the believers, truly. For them is forgiveness and noble provision. [Quran 8 :74]
Those who forgive others
When you’ve been granted mercy, be sure to extend it to others.
And those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, and when they are angry, they forgive . . . [Quran 42:37]
May your mind and heart be opened,
The Understand Quran Academy Team