Does Allah Forgive Zina? ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain one of the answers to questions about Zina. The question I mean is “does Allah forgive Zina?”. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!
Specifically, there are some important things about “does Allah forgive Zina?” which I will explain in this article. Some of the important things I mean are as follows:
Why Does Zina Need forgiveness?
The first important thing about “does Allah forgive Zina?” what I will explain here is “why does Zina need forgiveness?”. I want you to understand that before you read any further explanation in this article. My goal is for you to have a complete understanding of it and so that you can understand the focus of the discussion in this article.
Actually, there are many reasons why Zina needs forgiveness. Of course, I will not explain all of that in this article. Now, I will only explain some of the important reasons why Zina needs forgiveness.
The Reasons Why Zina Needs Forgiveness
I will now explain three important reasons why Zina needs forgiveness. The three important reasons I mean are as follows:
Zina Is One of The Big Sins
As Muslims, of course, we already understand that Zina is a big sin. There are many explanations for that. I have also explained some things about it in several previous articles. So, I’m not going to explain that anymore now.
The Consequences of Zina Are Fatal
Zina is one of the major sins that have very fatal consequences. Some of the fatal consequences of Zina are as follows:
One: Zina reduces one’s religion.
Two: Zina removes wara’.
Three: Zina destroys honor and self-respect.
Four: Zina reduces jealousy.
Five: The person who commits Zina gets the wrath of Allah Taala.
Six: Zina blackens the face and makes it dark.
Seventh: Zina darkens the heart and loses its light.
Eight: Zina results in constant poverty.
Nine: Zina removes the sanctity of the perpetrator and loses its value before God and before humans.
Ten: Zina removes commendable traits and nicknames such as ‘iffah, good, fair, trustworthy from the perpetrator and attaches reproach traits such as traitors, fasiq, and people who have committed Zina.
Eleven: The person who commits Zina throws himself at the punishment in a fiery furnace in Hell which is narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. A place that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam witnessed to torture those who have committed Zina.
Twelve: Zina removes the good name and replaces it with “al-khabits”, a title given to people who commit Zina.
Thirteen: Zina encourages the perpetrator to dare to disobey his parents, break kinship, illegal business, oppress others and abandon his wife and family.
Fourteen: Zina is surrounded by other immoral acts, such as drunkenness, lying, and so on
Fifteen: The person who commits Zina must be punished.
Sixteen: Zina spoils lineage.
Seventeen: Zina causes the spread of epidemics of dangerous diseases, such as tha’un (leprosy) and the spread of venereal diseases which are generally difficult to treat.
Eighteen: Zina opened up opportunities for her family to fall into similar acts.
Nineteen: Zina destroys people’s honor and dignity.
Twenty: Zina causes the reward of good deeds to be lost so that the person who commits Zina goes bankrupt on the Day of Resurrection. On the Day of Judgment, the person who commits Zina will be confronted with the person whose wife has been adultered for the reward of her goodness according to the sin that has harmed her husband
Sinful Muslims Must Repent to Allah
The third important reason why Zina needs forgiveness is that Muslims who have committed Zina must repent. We can find an explanation of that in the following verses of the Quran and hadith:
Quran About the Obligation to Repent from Zina
As for some of the verses of the Quran regarding the obligation to repent of Zina, which I mean are as follows:
ٱعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ وَأَنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٞ رَّحِيمٞ
Know that Allah is severe in requiting (evil) and that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
ثُمَّ أَفِيضُواْ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ أَفَاضَ ٱلنَّاسُ وَٱسۡتَغۡفِرُواْ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٞ رَّحِيمٞ
Then hasten on from the Place from which the people hasten on and ask the forgiveness of Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا
So, I said (to them, “Ask your Lord for forgiveness (reading Istighfar), verily He is the Most Forgiving (Noah, 10).
Hadith About the Obligation to Repent from Zina
As for the hadith regarding the obligation to repent of Zina that I mean is as follows:
رَوَى الْبَيْهَقِيُّ وَالْأَصْبَهَانِيُّ وَابْنُ أَبِيْ الدُّنْيَا عَنْ أَنَسٍ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ وَلَا أُمَّةٍ اِسْتَغْفَرَ اللهَ فِيْ كُلِّ يَوْمٍ سَبْعِيْنَ مَرَّةً لَمْ يُكْتَبْ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِيْنَ , وَمَنْ اِسْتَغْفَرَ اللهَ فِيْ كُلِّ اللَّيْلَةِ سَبْعِيْنَ مَرَّةً لَمْ يُكْتَبْ مِنَ الْغَافِلِيْنَ
Al-Baihaqi, al-Ashbahani, and Ibn Abi ad-Dunya narrated from Anas, that the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “There is no servant or people who ask forgiveness from Allah (reciting Istighfar) every day until seventy times, unless he will not be recorded as a liar. And whoever asks forgiveness from Allah (reciting Istighfar) every night up to seventy times, then he will not be recorded as someone who forgot.”