Q: Over the past few months I started learning alot about islam and alhamdulillah by Allah’s guidance I avoided even the smallest of sins, and then suddenly I gave into my desires and commited a huge sin. Is there greater punishment for the sin of someone who normally has strong self control? I returned to even greater sins after repenting and I fear my attitude towards sins is changing. I fear I may fall into a life of sin. Please let me know if Allah punishes someone who does the same sin a second time after sincere repentance?
A: The punishment is the same, but the procedure of repentance will be even greater since you have built a relationship with Allah and then breached the relationship. Hence, the way to atone and compensate should be even better and greater.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)