Q: There are many hadiths which speak about how the shirk that the Sahaba used to do before accepting Islam such as worshipping idols and their other sins have been forgiven once they accepted Islam and became Muslims. Obviously, anyone who was never a Muslim before will be forgiven no matter what did they did in the past once they become Muslims because they didn’t know about Islam before. But are there any authentic hadiths which talk about a Muslim committing shirk and being forgiven by Allah even after being a Muslim. Are there any hadiths about a person who is a Muslim and leaves Islam by committing Shirk but Allah still forgives him. I don’t think I came across any hadith that speaks about a Muslim being forgiven for shirk, only for non-muslims being forgiven for shirk once there Muslim. Can you give me an authentic hadith that say Allah forgives a Muslim who does shirk and also verses from the Quran if it says this? I’m specifically talking about a Muslim who does shirk and is forgiven, not a non-muslim who does shirk and is forgiven when he accepts Islam. Please give me any references that specifically says this.


A: If he sincerely repents for his sin and reforms his ways Allah Ta’ala will forgive him. This is proven from many Ahaadith.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)