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[11/08/2023] [Part 1] Three Stories of Repentance From Grave Sins – By Abul-Ḥasan Mālik Al-Akhdar (حفظه الله) – SalafiPublications Summer Conference 1445 | 2023. Masjid Salafi, Small Heath, Birmingham, UK.
Some points covered by Abul-Ḥasan Mālik Al-Akhdar (حفظه الله):
- The reason for choosing the topic.
- A description of the worshippers of Ar-Raḥmān mentioned in the verse, “And those who invoke not any other ilāh (god) along with Allāh, nor kill such life as Allāh has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse…” [Sūrah al-Furqān 25:68]
- The penalty for committing these sins, and the way out for those who fell into them.
- The wisdom in the ordering of things mentioned in the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah.
- The gravity of unjustly taking a life.
- Imām as-Sa’dī (رحمه الله) on what is intended by “those who purify themselves” in the verse, “…Truly, Allāh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” [Sūrah al-Baqarah 2:222]
- Imām an-Nawawī (رحمه الله) on the obligation of repenting from every sin.
- Ibn Mas’ūd (رضى الله عنه) on the difference between the believer and the wicked person in how they see their sins.
- A warning against being heedless regarding minor sins.
- The remedy for the sick heart.
- Some benefits regarding Abū Sa’īd al-Khudrī (رضى الله عنه).
- Benefits from the story of the man who killed 100 people.
- Shaykh ‘Abdul-Muḥsin al-‘Abbād (حفظه الله) on the importance of gathering the different wordings of narrations when studying Ḥadīth.
- An example of the precision and diligence of the scholars of Ḥadīth.
- A mention of other aḥādīth with the wording «تسعة وتسعين».
- Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymīn (رحمه الله) on the indication that the man felt remorse for killing ninety-nine people.
- Shaykh Muḥammd al-Ethiopī and ‘Alī al-Qārī (رحمهم الله) on the reason why the monk told the man there was no repentance for him.
- Al-Qurṭubī (رحمه الله) on the monk’s lack of knowledge and intellect.
- A warning against causing people to lose hope in the Mercy of Allāh.
- Shaykh Ibn Baz’s (رحمه الله) beautiful response to a woman who had abandoned the prayer for decades and wanted to return to praying.
- The man’s desire to continue asking about his condition.
- The meaning of “Regret is Tawbah.”
- The response of the ‘ālim to the man when he asked if there is repentance for him after taking 100 lives.
- The direction given to the man by the ‘ālim regarding how he can attain repentance.
- The necessity of staying away from the people and places of sin for the one who wants repentance.
- The erroneous thinking of those who say they will leave off performing Ḥajj until they are old.
- The dispute between the angels of mercy and the angels of punishment when the man died on his way to the righteous land.
- The reason why precedence is given to the one affirming a matter over the one negating it.
- The tremendous end to this narration.
- Shaykh al-Albānī (رحمه الله) on the importance of knowing the reason for the revelation of verses and statements of the Messenger ﷺ.
- A synopsis of the points covered:
- 1. The legislative matter of repenting from every major sin, especially murder.
- 2. The virtue of fleeing a place where one commits sins.
- 3. The repenter should leave the customary circumstances in which he would sin.
- 4. The virtue of the scholar over the worshipper.
- 5. Repentance will avail one for the crime of murder, just as it does for all other sins.
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