Youth afflicted with committing a sin

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Question: I am a youth, and have been afflicted with [committing] a sin, and every time I repent [to Allaah] from it, I go back to doing it; I [just] want to be free of it, [so] if I were to do it again, is it permissible for me to undertake an oath that I shall fast a day for the Sake of Allaah, or give in charity so [as a result of which] He will safeguard me from doing it again?

Response: It is forbidden to undertake an oath, so do not take an oath; however, remain resolute in repenting often, and do not despair from the Mercy of Allaah – saying ‘how many times I have repented and yet?’; no, do not despair from the Mercy of Allaah. Every time you sin, then repent to Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall, [as He says]:

{And those who, when they commit an immorality or wrong themselves [by transgression], remember Allaah and seek forgiveness for their sins…}, soorah Aal-’Imraan, aayah 135

[So] do not despair from the Mercy of Allaah, [rather, continue in] repent[ing] to Allaah.


Translation originally published on 10 February, 2015

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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