In the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
Kun Saadiqan fee ni'yyatika; Mukhlisan fee 'amalika-Be truthful in your intention and Be sincere in your action.
I'm inundated with calls and messages from sinners like you and I who want to know if Allaah is going to forgive them despite their horrendous crimes and sins.
It is with this spirit that I picked up my pen to give hope to the hopeless not through my words but through the un-created Words of Allaah and the flawless statement of His Prophet.
Allaah in His inimitable style says: Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the mercy of Allaah." Q39:53
Shutayr bin Shakal said: "I heard ibn Mas'ud (RA) say: "The Ayah in the Qur'an which brings the most relief (to the sinner) is: "Say: "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the mercy of Allaah." At-Tabarani has it.
If you repent and seek for Allaah's forgiveness and increase in your Eeman and do righteous deeds. Allaah will turn your evil to good.
Satan wants us to lose hope in Allaah's Mercy. As long as you turn to Allaah sincerely, He will forgive you in shaa Allaah.
How many have sinned like none before but at the realization that no sin is too big for Allaah to forgive once they repent, found salvation!
The final weapon in the arsenal of Satan is despondency, when he strikes you with it, you are finished. Never despair of the Mercy of Allaah.
The hadith on the strength of Abu Saeed al-Khudry (RA) recorded by both Imam Al-Bukhari and Muslim of a man who killed one hundred people and later regretted and aspired to repent sincerely and was forgiven by Allaah.
He had not yet reached the land of repentance when death approached him yet Allaah forgave him because of the strength of the sincerity he had to repent.
Allaah also says:
"And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allaah's forgiveness, he will find Allaah Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."Q4:110
Allaah would not care to pay attention to us if we did not worship Him, for He only created us to worship Him Alone. Indeed, being remorseful for our sins and returning back to Allaah is an act of 'Ibadah.
Some believe that because they've committed shirk, Zina, homosexuality, consumed alcohol, murdered innocent souls, abandoned Salat, indulged in Usury, Allaah will never forgive them but I say Allaah will forgive you if you are sincere in your repentance and He will draw you close to Him and convert your sins to good deeds.
Imam Ahmad in his Musnad recorded the hadith on the strength of Anas bin Malik (RA) that the Prophet (Pbuh) said:
"By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, if you were to commit sin until your sins filled the space between heaven and earth, then you were to ask Allaah for forgiveness, He would forgive you..."
The door of repentance and mercy is expansive....do not despair!
The final weapon in the arsenal of Satan is despondency, when he strikes you with it, you are finished. Never despair of the Mercy of Allaah! With all your sins you can still make it to Jannah.
The message being echoed here is that no matter how big and how many times we've committed evil, Allaah's Door is opened for repentance.
You may also wish to perform two Raka'ahs of Salatu-t-Taubah prescribed by the Sharee'ah through the hadith narrated by AbuBakr (RA) in Sunan of Abu Dawood (1521) that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (Pbuh) said:
"There is no one who commits a sin then purifies himself well and stands and prays two Rak'ahs, then asks Allaah for forgiveness, but Allaah will forgive him."
One of the Arab poets said: "Oh Allaah! If You will forgive then forgive one and all because no servant of yours hasn't sinned against You."
Another one says: "If only the pious hope in the mercy and forgiveness of Allaah where do sinners like us turn to?"
Indeed, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful.
May Allaah accept our repentance and forgive us our sins.