Home » Hanafi Fiqh » HadithAnswers.com » A sinner is given respite before the sin is recorded

A sinner is given respite before the sin is recorded

Is this Hadith authentic?

إن صاحب الشمال ليرفع القلم ست ساعات عن العبد المسلم المخطئ أو المسيء، فإن ندم واستغفر الله منها ألقاها، وإلا كتبت واحدة

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The Angel who sits on one’s left [waits] for six hours after a Muslim sins. If he then regrets it (his sin) and repents, the Angel casts it aside and doesn’t write it down, but if he doesn’t, the Angel writes it down only as one sin.”


This Hadith has been recorded with a few chains. Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded the version in question. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states ‘Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration with several chains and the narrators of one of these chains have been declared credible.’

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 7765, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 6648-6650, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 207-208)

The Hadith may be quoted.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

Read answers with similar topics: