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English.islamweb.net/emainpage Ways to
Attain
Forgiveness
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English.islamweb.net/emainpage Allaah says (what means): “Say: O My slaves!
Who have transgressed against themselves (by
committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of
the Mercy of Allaah, verily, Allaah forgives all
sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
[Quran 39: 53] and also, “And perform Salaat, at
the two ends of the day and in some hours of the
night [i.e. the five compulsory Salaat]. Verily, the
good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins).
That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful
(those who accept advice).” [Quran 11: 114].
Dear reader! We all make mistakes and we are
all in dire need forgiveness for the sins which we
commit day and night. It is out of the mercy of
Allaah upon us that He facilitated many ways to
attain forgiveness. Never will a Muslim adhere to
them, except that he will be included in the
English.islamweb.net/emainpage forgiveness and mercy of Allaah, as long as he is a
believer and does not practice any form of Shirk
(associating partners with Allaah in worship),
because disbelief or association with Allaah
prevent forgiveness from taking place.
Allaah says (what means): “Verily, Allaah
forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners (in
worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He
wills, sins other than that, and whoever sets up
partners in worship with Allaah, has indeed
strayed far away.” [Quran 4: 116].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage Attaining Forgiveness
The following are some ways which Allaah
made leading to the forgiveness of sins, so that one
does not feel despair and give up on the mercy of
Allaah, and so that one can also rush towards
virtue, as Allaah says (what means): “And march
forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from
your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the
heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.”
[Quran 3: 133].
 Islam: Allaah says (what means):
“Say to those who have disbelieved, if they
cease (from disbelief), their past will be
forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the
examples of those (punished) before them have
English.islamweb.net/emainpage already preceded (as a warning).” [Quran 8:
38]. ‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allaah be pleased
with him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu
‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Did you not know that
one’s Islam voids whatever he did before it?”
[Muslim].
 Migration: This is to relocate from the
land of disbelief to the land of Islam. Allaah
says (what means): “Then, verily, your Lord
for those who emigrated after they had been
put to trials and thereafter strove hard and
fought (for the Cause of Allaah) and were
patient, verily, your Lord afterward is, OftForgiving, Most Merciful.” [Quran 16: 110].
‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas, may Allaah be pleased with
him, narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu
English.islamweb.net/emainpage ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Migration voids
whatever was before it” [Muslim].
 An Accepted Hajj: ‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas,
may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
“An accepted Hajj voids whatever was before
it.” [Muslim]. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be
pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “He who
performs Hajj and does not involve (himself)
in a marital relation or a sin (during the Hajj),
will return from Hajj in a state just like the
one his mother gave birth to him in (i.e., free
from sins).” [Al-Bukhaari].
 Supplication upon hearing the
Athaan: Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas, may Allaah be
English.islamweb.net/emainpage pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “He who
says upon hearing the person calling the
Athaan, „I also bear witness that none has the
right to be worshipped except Allaah alone
without a partner, and that Muhammad is His
slave and messenger. I accept Allaah as a
Lord, Muhammad as a messenger, and Islam
as a religion‟ – all his previous sins will be
forgiven.” [Muslim].
 Coinciding with the angels when
saying ‘Ameen’: Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be
pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “When the
Imaam says ‘Ameen’, say ‘Ameen’, because he
who coincides with the angels when saying
English.islamweb.net/emainpage Ameen will get all his previous sins forgiven.”
[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].
 Coinciding with the angels when
saying „Our lord for you is all the praise‟: The
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“When the Imaam says „Allaah hears he who
praises Him‟, say, „Our lord for you is all the
praise‟, because he who coincides with the
angels when saying so will get all his previous
sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].
 Praying two rak‟ah of salaah
attentively: The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “He who properly performs
ablution, then prays any two rak‟ah (of
salaah) without being heedless, will get all his
previous sins forgiven.” [Ahmad].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage  Gathering in circles of mentioning
Allaah: Sahl ibn Hanthalah, may Allaah be
pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “It is never
that a group of people gather to mention
Allaah, but they will be told upon leaving the
circle (after finishing): ‘Your sins have been
forgiven.’” [Ahmad].
 Sickness: ‘Aa’ishah, may Allaah be
pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whenever
a believer becomes sick, he will be purified
from his sins, just as fire purifies steel.” [AlBukhaari].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage Ways to prevent punishment
Beloved brother! Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah
have mercy upon him, said that a believer may
prevent the punishment of a sin he committed
befalling him by one of the following ten ways:
 Repenting sincerely so that Allaah
would forgive him, because the one who
sincerely repents from a sin is exactly like he
who never committed it.
 Asking forgiveness from Allaah, so
that Allaah would forgive him.
 Performing virtuous deeds which
would expiate the sin, Allaah says (what
means): “And perform prayer, at the two ends
of the day and in some hours of the night [i.e.
English.islamweb.net/emainpage the five compulsory prayers]. Verily, the good
deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins).
That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful
(those who accept advice).” [Quran 11: 114].
 His brothers in faith supplicating for
his forgiveness.
 Some of his brothers in faith offering
the reward of a righteous deed they perform, to
him.
 The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, interceding for him with Allaah not to
punish him.
 Allaah putting him through trials in
this life, whether in his wealth, health, children
or family.
 Allaah putting him through trials in
the grave.
English.islamweb.net/emainpage  Allaah putting him through trials and
horror on the Day of Resurrection.
 Allaah forgiving him out of His
mercy.
Anyone who misses all these ten ways will
have no one to blame except himself. Allaah says
in a Qudsi Hadeeth, “They are but your deeds, I
record them, then I pay you back accordingly; so
whoever finds good, let him thank Allaah, and
whoever finds otherwise, let him blame no one but
himself.” [Muslim].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage Ways to avoid the Hellfire
Just like Allaah gave us ways to attain His
forgiveness and pleasure, He also gave us ways to
avoid the Hellfire, Allaah says (what means):
“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day
of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in
full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire
and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful.
The life of this world is only the enjoyment of
deception (a deceiving thing).” [Quran 3: 185].
The following are some of these ways
 Persevering through the death of three
children, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “Allaah made the Hellfire
prohibited for the one who buries three of his
English.islamweb.net/emainpage children (while persevering through it).” [AtTabaraani].
 Correctly raising three daughters, or
sisters, and being kind to them, ‘Aa’ishah, may
Allaah be pleased with her, narrated that the
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“No one from my nation properly raises three
daughters or sisters and is kind to them, but
they will be like a shield for him from the
Hellfire.” [Al-Bayhaqi].
 Defending a believer in his absence,
Asmaa’, may Allaah be pleased with her,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “He who defends his brother in
his absence against people who are backbiting
English.islamweb.net/emainpage him, Allaah will free him from the Hellfire.”
[Ahmad].
 Praying forty days with the
congregation and attending the initial ‘Allaahu
Akbar’, Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “He who prays forty days
attending the initial ‘Allaahu Akbar’, will be
freed from hypocrisy and from the Hellfire.”
[At-Tirmithi].
 Good manners, Abu Hurayrah, may
Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Allaah will forbid the Hellfire to (even) touch
the one who is gentle and lenient.” [AlHaakim].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage  Praying Fajr and ‘Asr, ‘Umaarah ibn
Ruwaybah, may Allaah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “The one who prays Fajr and
„Asr will never enter into the Hellfire.”
[Muslim].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage Ways to become worthy of Paradise
 Uttering the two testimonies of faith
and applying them. ‘Ubaadah ibn As- Saamit,
may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Allaah will admit into Paradise regardless of
his deeds, any one who says, ‘I bear witness
that there is none worthy of worship except
Allaah alone without a partner, and that
Muhammad is His slave and messenger, and
that „Eesaa is His slave and messenger and
His Word which He bestowed to Maryam and
a Spirit; and that Paradise is true, and Hell
Fire is true.’” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage  Memorizing the beautiful names of
Allaah. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased
with him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu
‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allaah Has ninety
nine names, he who memorizes them will enter
Paradise.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].
Memorizing here means to memorize, believe
and act according to them.
 Reciting the verse of Al-Kursi (the
throne) after each obligatory prayer. Abu
Umaamah, may Allaah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “There is nothing preventing the
one who recites the verse of Al-Kursi after
each obligatory prayer from entering Paradise,
except being alive.” [An-Nasaa’i].
English.islamweb.net/emainpage  Giving in charity. Huthayfah, may
Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said,
“Any one who spends in charity sincerely for
the sake of Allaah, and dies upon doing it, will
be admitted into Paradise.” [Ahmad].
 Financially supporting an orphan. Sahl
ibn Sa’d, may Allaah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “I will be this close in Paradise to
the one who financially supports an orphan
(then he joined his middle and pointer
fingers).” [Al-Bukhaari].
 Guarding one’s tongue and private
parts. Sahl ibn Sa’d, may Allaah be pleased
with him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu
English.islamweb.net/emainpage ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whosoever guards his
tongue and his private parts, I will guarantee
him Paradise.” [Al-Bukhaari].
 A wife obeying her husband. Abu
Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him,
narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam, said: “If a woman prays her five
obligatory prayers, fasts her month (of
Ramadhaan), guards her private parts, and
obeys her husband, she will enter Paradise
from any gate she wishes.” [Ibn Hibbaan].
 Being free from arrogance, debt and
stealing from war booty. Thawbaan, may
Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“The one who dies while being free from
English.islamweb.net/emainpage arrogance, debt and stealing from war booty
will enter Paradise.” [At-Tirmithi].
 Being a just ruler, kindhearted, and
chaste. ‘Iyaadh ibn Himaar, may Allaah be
pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Three
types (of people) are from the people of
Paradise: a just ruler who correctly spends the
money under his authority, a man who is
kindhearted with his family and the Muslims
in general, and a needy man with a family who
does not ask people for help.” [Muslim].
 Removing harmful objects from the
path. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased
with him, narrated that he heard the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, saying: “I saw a
English.islamweb.net/emainpage man enjoying himself in Paradise because he
cut down a tree that was harming people
which was in the middle of a path.” [Muslim].
 Increasing the repayment time to a
person who cannot repay a debt. Huthayfah,
may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“A man died and entered Paradise, he was
asked, ‘What did you do (to gain Paradise)?’
he replied, ‘I used to trade and give extra time
to those who could not repay me, and be easy
on them if they only paid me partially, and I
would overlook some of what they owed me.”
[Muslim].
 Asking Allaah for Paradise three times
and seeking refuge in Him from the Hellfire
English.islamweb.net/emainpage three times. Anas, may Allaah be pleased with
him, narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu
‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “When a person
supplicates for Allaah to admit him into
Paradise three times, Paradise will say, ‘O
Allaah! Admit him into Paradise, and when a
person seeks refuge in Allaah from the
Hellfire three times, the Hellfire will say, ‘O
Allaah! Protect him from the Hellfire.” [AtTirmithi].
 Fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’ (the
10th of the month of Muharram). Abu Qataadah,
may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
“Fasting the day of „Arafah expiates for the
sins of two years – the previous year and the
English.islamweb.net/emainpage coming year, and fasting „Aashooraa‟ expiates
for the previous year.” [Muslim].
 Waiving the right to fulfill an agreed
upon deal. Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be
pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet,
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Allaah will
forgive a person who waives his right upon
another Muslim in fulfilling an agreed upon
deal.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]. This means
to drop his right in carrying out the deal which
they agreed upon if his fellow Muslim requests
him to cancel the deal.