Can a Muslim be forgiven after committing shirk?

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Q: My last question is can you please show me hadith where it says a Muslim has been/can be forgiven for Shirk, and also from Quranic verses, JazakAllah? Not for a Non-Muslim but for a Muslim.


A: Refer to Surah Zumar Ayah number 53. In the Hadith the incident of the uterine brother of Hazrat Usmaan (Radiyallahu Anhu) Hazrat Abdullah bin Sarah is mentioned. After accepting Islam at the hands of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) he left the fold of Islam (through committing shirk and kufr). Later on he sincerely repented to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) accepted his Islam. The details of this incident is recorded in Abu Dawood Shareef. You may refer to it.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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