Message No : 35Sr.No : 303/748
Question By : a sister

Dear brother,
i would like to know if a muslim drinks beer and then repents how is he to do it in an islamic manner, kindly let me know the details.


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

(Note: Due to the death of my father, I went on leave from Dec 23, 2005 to Feb 06, 2006. So we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the late posting of the answer.)

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumossalam
Dear Sister in Islam,
The answer to your question is as follows:

A true Muslim never dreams to commit sin thinking that he will repent later. This is because, nobody knows where and when his death will occur and whether he will find time to repent. If a Muslim commits any sin unconsciously and in ignorance, he regrets and turns immediately to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta¡¯ala in repentance. As Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta¡¯ala says:

¡°Allah accepts the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: for Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom¡± (Suratun-Nisa 4: 17)

It would be better to clarify that there are two conditions for repentance to be accepted; Tawbah (regretting at committing sin) and emending oneself promising never to commit the same sin in future. Moreover, one should perform as much as one can the rights violated by committing the previous sin whether the rights belong to Allah Almighty, such as Salaah, Sawm etc. or to human beings. The Glorious Qur¡¯aan says, ¡°And those who having done an act of indecency or wronged their own souls, remember Allah and ask for forgiveness for their sins, and who can forgive sins except Allah? And are never obstinate in persisting knowingly in the wrong they have done¡±. (Suratu-Al-Imraan 3: 135)

And Allah knows the best, <

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