Allah does not love sins, but Allah loves to forgive. Allah does not love the sinner, but Allah loves the repenter.
One of the biggest sins that we can do is to give up hope of Allah's forgiveness. To claim that, "Allah cannot forgive me," is a bigger sin than any other sin that you have done. "I am too sinful, there is no point in repenting, Allah cannot forgive me, I am too sinful." This very claim of yours is a bigger sin than anything else you might have done as a Muslim. O Muslim, no matter how sinful you are...do you think that you alone single handedly have commited so many sins that you can emcompass Allah's mercy, that Allah's mercy cannot forgive you, that you can challenge the Rahmaan and the Raheem? WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE YOUR SINS IN COMPARISON TO THE MERCY OF ALLAH ?! That arrogance is a greater crime and greater sin than any other sin you might have done. And that is why the Prophet (saws) said that the biggest of all sins is Shirk (polytheism) and to give up hope of Allah's mercy and to say that Allah cannot forgive me.
To claim that Allah cannot forgive you, you're limiting the mercy of Allah, you're limiting the forgiveness of Allah. And you are claiming single handedly that you and your sins are more powerful than Allah and His mercy!
"Say, 'O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'" [Qur'an 39:53]
Allah does not count the number of times you repent. Allah looks at the quality of your repentance and not the quantity of your repentance.
Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah.
His published works include Riya'a: The Hidden Shirk, Du'aa: The Weapon of the Believer, and An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an.
Yasir Qadhi is currently pursuing his doctorate, in Religious Studies, at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
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