Asking for forgiveness after doing wrong to someone

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1. If a person wronged someone either at the age of 11 or under the age of 11 and didn’t know the difference between right and wrong, will they be punished as they did not reach the age of puberty yet and sins are only accounted for once a person reaches puberty?

2. A person wronged someone and asked for their forgiveness and they forgave them. The wrongdoer doesn’t remember whether they had asked forgiveness for the specific wrong they did or whether they asked in general, like forgiveness for any wrong or the wrong they did to then. They also repented to Allah and didn’t do the wrong again. Is this enough?

3. If 2 people do a sin and the person didn’t think they were doing wrong or harm to another person, does forgiveness need to be taken from the other person? The other person cannot be gotton into contact with. They have repented to Allah and have not done those sins again.



1. If he can correct it after he has realised and he has come of age, it is compulsory to compensate.

2. If it is something that is normally pardoned and forgiven then it will fall under the ambit of being forgiven.

3. Both should ask Allah Ta`ala’s forgiveness.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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