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Allah will change their evil deeds to good

deeds

‫س ۡوَرُة الُفرقان‬
ُ
‫خَر‬
َ ‫ءا‬ َ ‫ها‬ ً ‫ه إ ِل َ ٰـ‬ ِ ّ ‫ع ٱلل‬ َ ‫م‬ َ ‫ن‬ َ ‫عو‬ ُ ‫ن َل ي َ ۡد‬ َ ‫ذي‬ ِ ّ ‫و ٱل‬ َ
‫ه‬ُ ّ ‫م ٱلل‬ َ ‫حّر‬ َ ‫س ٱل ِّتى‬ َ ‫ن ٱلن ّ ۡف‬ َ ‫وَل ي َ ۡقت ُُلو‬ َ
‫ع ۡل‬ َ ‫من ي َ ۡف‬ َ ‫و‬ َ ‫ن‬ ۚ َۚ‌ ‫وَل ي َ ۡز ُنو‬ َ ‫ق‬ ّ ‫ح‬ َ ‫ب ِ ٱ ۡل‬
ۡ ٰ ۬ َ
‫ه‬
ُ َ ‫ل‬ ‫ف‬ ‫ع‬
َ َ ُ ‫ـ‬ ‫ض‬ ٦٨ ‫ي‬ (
) ‫ما‬ ً ‫ثا‬َ ‫قأ‬َ ‫ك ي َ ۡل‬ َ ِ ‫ذَ ٲل‬
ِ ‫في ۦ‬
‫ه‬ ِ ‫وي َ ۡخل ُ ۡد‬ َ ‫ة‬ ِ ‫م‬ َ ‫قي َ ٰـ‬ ِ ‫م ٱ ۡل‬ َ ‫ب ي َ ۡو‬ ُ ‫ذا‬ َ
َ ‫م‬
‫ل‬ ِ ‫ع‬َ ‫و‬
َ ‫ن‬ َ ‫م‬ َ ‫ءا‬ َ ‫و‬ َ ‫ب‬ َ ‫من َتا‬ َ ‫( إ ِّل‬٦٩) ‫هاًنا‬ َ ‫م‬ ُ
‫ٱ‬ ٰ ُ ‫فأ‬
‫ه‬
ُ ّ ‫ل‬ ‫ل‬ ‫ل‬ ُ ّ ‫د‬ َ ‫ب‬ُ ‫ي‬ َ
‫ك‬ ٕ ِ ‫ٮ‬ ‫ٓـ‬ َ ‫ل‬‫و‬ْ َ ‫ح‬ ً ‫ص ٰـل ِ ۬ ا‬ َ ً ‫م ۬ل‬ َ ‫ع‬ َ
‫فو ً۬را‬ ُ ‫غ‬ َ ‫ه‬ ُ ّ ‫ن ٱلل‬ َ ‫كا‬ َ ‫و‬ َ ۚ‫سن َ ٰـ ٍ۬‌ۗت‬ َ ‫ح‬َ ‫ه ۡم‬ ِ ِ ‫ي ّٔـات‬
٧٠) ‫ما‬ ً ۬ ‫حي‬ ِ )‫ّر‬
"Who invoke no other deity along with Allah, nor take any life which Allah
has forbidden save justly; who do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse
and whoso does that shall meet its penalty (punishment). His torment shall
be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide in it in
ignominy. Unless he repents and reaffirm his believes and does righteous
works.(1) For such, Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds.
(2)
Allah is Ever Forgiving, Most Compassionate."
[QS Al-Furqan, 25:68-70]
(1). This is good news for those whose life has been stained with various kinds of
sin in the past but who later repent and firmly decide to amend their behavior.
The present verse amounts to a proclamation of general amnesty, which for
millions of sinners provided a ray of hope and prompted them to reform
themselves.
Narrated by Tabari on the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said: "One night when I
returned from the Prophet's Mosque after offering Isha Prayers, I saw a woman
standing outside my door. I said 'Peace be on you' and went into my room, closed
the door, and began to offer nafl (supererogatory) Prayers. After some time, she
knocked at the door. I opened the door and asked her what she wanted. 'I have
come to ask you a question. I committed adultery and became pregnant. Then a
baby was born and I killed him. How I have come to ask you if there is any chance
that my sin be forgiven?' I said: 'Absolutely not'. At this she went away grief-
stricken, exclaiming: 'Alas, this piece of beauty was created for the Hell-fire.'
"The next day, after the Fajr prayers, I narrated the whole incident to the Prophet
(peace be on him). He said: 'How wrong an answer you gave, O Abu Hurayrah!
Have you not read those verses in the Quran: "Those who invoke no other deity
along with Allah nor take the life which Allah has forbidden – save justly; who do
not commit unlawful sexual intercourse – and whoso does that shall meet its
penalty, his torment shall be doubled for him on the Day of Resurrection and he
shall abide in it in ignominy – unless he who repents and believes and does
righteous works. For such Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds. Allah
is Ever Forgiving, Most Compassionate. Whosoever repents and does good, he
returns to Allah in the manner he should" (Al-Furqan 25:68-70).
Upon hearing this answer from the Prophet (Peace be on him), I went out and
searched for the woman. I met her after Isha Prayers and told her what the
Prophet (peace be on him) had said. She prostrated herself and said, 'Thanks be
to God, Who has opened the door of forgiveness for me.' Then she repented and
freed a female slave and also the son of that slave."
(See Tabari, 'Tafsir', comments on Surah al-Furqan 25:68-70 Ed.)
(2). This has two meanings. One, that when a person repents and gives up his
evil actions and begins to perform vitreous deed, in this new phase of life, of Faith
and righteous conduct, his good deeds will replace the evil deeds of his past.
Second, that as a result of his repentance, not only are the evil deeds which he
committed during this period of disbelief and sinful living forgiven, but each
person will be awarded for having given up a life of disbelief and transgression
and for replacing it with obedience and Faith. Moreover, for as many times as
such people feel ashamed of their past evil deeds, they will be rewarded that
same number of times for having asked for forgiveness from God. Feeling
ashamed of one's sins and asking for forgiveness is, in itself, a good deed. In this
manner, all of one's evil deeds will eventually be replaced by good deeds and one
will not only be saved from punishment, but will also be amply rewarded.
In other verses, Allah states that He will remove the bad actions of those who act
rightly.

‫ن‬ ‫م‬ ً
‫فا‬ ۬ َ ‫ل‬ ‫ز‬ ‫و‬ ‫ر‬‫ا‬‫ہ‬ َ ‫ن‬ ‫ٱ‬
‫ل‬ ‫ى‬ َ
‫ف‬ ‫ر‬ َ ‫ط‬ ‫ة‬ ‫و‬ ٰ َ ‫ل‬‫ص‬ ‫ل‬‫ٱ‬ َ
َ ّ ُ َ ِ ّ ِ َ َ ّ ِ ِ ‫وأ‬
‫م‬ ‫ق‬ َ
ۚ ِۚ‌ ‫سي ّٔـا‬
‫ت‬ ّ ‫ن ٱل‬ َ ‫ه ۡب‬ ِ ‫ت ي ُ ۡذ‬ ِ ‫سن َ ٰـ‬
َ ‫ح‬ َ ‫ن ٱ ۡل‬ّ ِ‫ل إ‬ ۚ ِۚ‌
(١١٤) ‫ن‬ َ ‫ري‬ ِ ِ ‫ك ِذ ۡكَر ٰى ِللذّ ٲك‬ َ ِ ‫ذ َ ٲل‬
And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the
approaches of the night: For those things, that are good remove those that
are evil: Be that the word of remembrance to those who remember (their
Lord).
[QS Hud, 11:114]
Indeed good deeds, such as the five prayers, annul misdeeds, minor sins: this
was revealed regarding one who kissed a female stranger and told the Prophet
(s.a.w.) about it, and then asked him, ‘Is this [verse true] for me?’ and the
Prophet said to him, ‘It is [so] for every person of my community’, as reported by
the two Shaykhs [Bukhārī and Muslim]. That is a remembrance for the mindful, an
admonition for those who heed them.

‫ٱ‬ ‫ٱ‬ ‫ٱ‬ ‫ہ‬ َ


‫ه‬
َ ّ ‫ل‬‫ل‬ ْ ‫ا‬ ‫قو‬ُ ّ ‫ت‬ ْ ‫ا‬ ‫نو‬ ‫م‬ ‫ءا‬
ُ َ َ َ ِ‫ن‬ ‫ذي‬ ّ ‫ل‬ ‫ا‬ َ ّ ‫ي َ ٰٓـأ‬
‫ي‬
‫صل ِ ۡح ل َك ُ ۡم‬٧٠ ۡ )ُ ‫دا ي‬(ً ۬ ‫دي‬ ِ ‫س‬َ ً ‫ق ۡو ۬ل‬ َ ْ ‫قوُلوا‬ ُ ‫و‬ َ
‫من‬ َ ‫و‬َ ‫ف ۡر ل َك ُ ۡم ذُُنوب َك ُ ۡۗم‬ ِ ‫وي َ ۡغ‬ َ ‫ـل َك ُ ۡم‬
‫ف ۡوًزا‬ َ ‫فاَز‬ َ ‫ق ۡد‬ َ ‫ف‬ ُ َ ‫سوۥل‬
َ‫ه‬ ُ ‫وَر‬
َ ‫ه‬َ ّ ‫ع ٱلل‬ ِ ِ‫ي ُط‬
(٧١) ‫ما‬ ً ‫ظي‬ ِ ‫ع‬ َ
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, and speak
(always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will
forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger
(peace be upon him) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he
will be saved from the Hell-fire and will be admitted to Paradise).
[QS Al-Ahzab, 33 : 70,71]