Good deeds wipe away sins

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6259, Page 96, Volume 12

Question: How do good deeds wipe away sins? Is it [as simple as] the sins just go away and the [reward for] good deeds remain?

Response: Yes, this is how Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) said [so]:

{Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds}, soorah Hood, aayah 114

So based upon this, if a person does a good deed after he has committed a sin, then [in shaa.-Allaah] it will be [a cause for it being] wiped out, particularly if the good deed is [the act of] repentance from [having fallen into] that sin. Indeed, [sincere] repentance wipes out that which has passed [from sins]; [in this regard], Allaah (Tabaaraka wa Ta’aala) said:

{Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allaah . Indeed, Allaah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”}, soorah az-Zumar, aayah 53

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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