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Will Allah Forgive You?

November 9, 2013

Allah is a maximally great and holy God. Allah is perfect and righteous. He does not tolerate evil and he judges rightly by punishing those who do evil and think evil thoughts.

Have you disobeyed Allah? Have you lived up to Allah’s expectations? Will Allah really forgive those whom he judges or will he not judge rightly by punishing you for the sins you commit? For according to the Quran:

  • “That is because Allah never changeth the grace He hath bestowed on any people until they first change that which is in their hearts, and (that is) because Allah is Hearer, Knower.” Surah 8:53;
  • “But lo! many are led astray by their own lusts through ignorance. Lo! thy Lord, He is Best Aware of the transgressors. Forsake the outwardness of sin and the inwardness thereof. Lo! those who garner sin will be awarded that which they have earned.” Surah 6:119-120
  • “They were mightier than these in power and (in the) traces (which they left behind them) in the earth. Yet Allah seized them for their sins, and they had no protector from Allah.” Surah 40:21

All have sinned both outwardly and inwardly. None of us are perfect. Shall any then escape the right judgment of Allah when he is punished for his sin? If you respond that Allah forgives those who believe in him, how can that be? Does Allah commit an evil act by rewarding those who have sinned? On what basis will Allah be a righteous judge if he rewards sinners? The Quran clearly states that we will not be wronged in judgment. It says we will all receive what we deserve.

  • “And Allah created the heavens and the earth with truth and that every soul may be rewarded for what it has earned and they shall not be wronged.” Surah 45:22

So then, what reward will you receive from Allah? Since sin is punished and all have sinned, will not all who believe in Allah be punished?

A More Excellent Way

There is a righteous judge who does not commit evil by judging wrongly. He forgives sinners not on the basis of their evil acts but on the basis of a substitutionary sacrifice. This righteous judge will punish all people who do not receive the free gift, the substitutionary sacrifice, being offered to them. This free gift is a righteousness that is credited to us by the sacrifice of a perfectly obedient life given in the person and work of Jesus. For even the Quran says:

  • She [Mary] said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art Allah-fearing. He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son [Jesus]. Surah 19:18-19

The free gift of eternal reward is exceedingly good news. It is available to all and could be summed up in this way:

  • God is maximally holy
  • We have all sinned against God
  • Sinners cannot be in the presence of a maximally holy God
  • God sent Jesus to die as a once and for all perfect sacrificial offering for us.
  • In his death Jesus took our sin on himself and credited to us his righteousness
  • If we receive the free gift of Jesus, then we receive an eternal reward not based on our righteousness, but based on the righteous of Jesus
  • Having therefore received the righteousness of Jesus, we respond with praise and sacrificial living

Will you receive the free gift that God has offered in Jesus?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. incarcerated786 permalink
    November 9, 2013 2:13 pm

    My dear brother, perhaps you should also post the verse from chapter 39, verse 53; “Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, Verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly he is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”

  2. November 9, 2013 4:03 pm

    You are correct, I should not quote out of context nor pick and choose versus that make my point. I am not at home in the Quran as it is not my scripture of choice. When I do search the Quran I find many inconsistencies which do not make sense to me. I hate when people quote the Bible out of context or choose passages to suit their needs. I stand corrected dear brother! That said, my only concern is how can Allah be inconsistent with his judgments. Will he judge some who sin and yet forgive others who sin with no right basis for doing so? If I murder or steal or lie, will he forgive me with no perfect sacrifice to take my place?

    The Christian God is a complex God. He is one God revealed in three persons. This is hard for human beings to understand because we are finite and he is infinite. I love the Christian God because he loved me enough to die in my place. A perfect sacrifice like the one Jesus made is a justifiable reason for forgiving sinners who receive him.

    There is much evil and suffering in this world. God wanted to create beings that would love him, so he made them free (else they would be robots). Because we are free we can choose to do good or do evil. But we have been unable to choose to do only that which is good. God saw the evil and suffering we endure and chose to become one of us to suffer in our midst and provide a way of escape from the punishment we deserve. The only question left is whether we are willing to receive the free gift that God has offered in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.

  3. November 9, 2013 9:21 pm

    I enjoyed this…it is a great reminder, and I really like the way you use the Quranic verses. You have a follower.

  4. incarcerated786 permalink
    November 10, 2013 9:33 am

    Allah will most definitely forgive you for any sin you commit, except attributing partners to him. You don’t have to accept anyone and nobody had to die for your sin to be forgiven, all you need to do is sincerely ask for forgiveness.

    There is no such thing as Christian God or Muslim God, only 1. The choice is are you going to follow the outdated version or follow the last and final testament and messenger?

  5. November 12, 2013 11:09 am

    If I am understanding you correctly then, all I need to do is be sincerely sorry for the sins I’ve committed when I seek forgiveness. That seems like very cheap mercy. Where is the satisfaction of Allah’s anger for the sin committed? Sincerity alone satisfies? That doesn’t sound very just.

    I agree there is only one revealed truth. There is only one God. You and I have different views of who the one God is and what that revealed truth is. I completely respect your right to believe what you desire. My very deep desire is that we may share ideas and seek truth. There can only be one truth – not two. One of us is wrong and one of us is right.

    Am I correct that Muslims believe in and follow the Quran and respect and believe the old testament? If so, have you considered the many prophecies in the Old Testament, written long before the birth of Jesus, that are fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus the Christ? Consider for example Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 when compare with the sacrifice of Jesus. I’m very interested in your thoughts about these.

  6. incarcerated786 permalink
    November 13, 2013 11:34 am

    Allah does not need to satisfy His anger. The justice of Allah is difficult for a human mind to comprehend as we cannot forgive the way He does. As a Muslim, it is comforting to know that my Lord knows that his servants are weak and sin, but He forgives easily.
    To attain forgiveness from Allah, there are 3 requirements:

    (1) Recognizing the offense itself and its admission before God.
    (2) Making a commitment not to repeat the offense.
    (3) Asking for forgiveness from God.

    Muslims believe in all the books revealed by Allah to the different messengers. We do not however believe in the Old or New Testament in their current forms, as they have been corrupted by man. We only follow the final Testament of Allah; the Quran.

    Regarding your references to prophesies in the Old Testament: I agree that these prophesies can refer to Jesus (peace be upon him). Prophesy is not the only means of showing a book or man’s divinity; if this was the case Nostradamus could claim to be God. The Quran too prophesized many events that were later witnessed. Hindu and Buddhist scriptures also contain fulfilled prophesy. So I believe this point of yours will lead us nowhere.
    If you still feel prophesies are the way to differentiate between faiths, then I ask you what your view is on Quran prophesies that came true. Also, I ask you to read the prophesy in Deuteronomy 18:18; and tell me who that refers to and why? Also, Jesus says in John 14:16 that he will pray for another comforter to come and in john 16:13-14 speaks of a prophet to come that will guide into truth and will not speak of himself. Christians say this comforter is the Holy Spirit, but they forget that the Holy Spirit was there even before Jesus, so it cannot be the Holy Spirit. Who then can it be?

    In the same way, miracles are an occurrence in almost every faith and cannot be utilised as a benchmark for a work being attributed to God. What then can we use to find which is the truth?
    In order to take this further, I ask you to answer the following: Is your God perfect? Is your Bible the word of God? Does your God make mistakes? Can Christianity exist without the Bible?

  7. November 16, 2013 11:36 am

    Wow, so many questions. I’m willing to discuss eaxh on, but let’s focus on one at a time. With respect to Allah’s forgiveness are you saying that all it takes to receive this forgiveness is:

    (1) Recognizing the offense itself and its admission before God,
    (2) Making a commitment not to repeat the offense,
    (3) Asking for forgiveness from God?

    If that is the case, I have a related question. How can a holy Allah be in the presence of an unholy (i.e. sinful) human being? We sin not just in what we do, but even in our thoughts. I believe we are bent toward sin since the fall of man and need a righteousness that is outside of us to make us holy. Is that your belief as well?

    Theologian and apologist Ravi Zacharias related this story that he shared with a Palestinian leader: Some time ago on a hill not far from Palestine Abraham sacrificed a son. You say it was Ishmael I say it was Isaac, but that’s not important right now. When Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, God stopped him and provided a Ram for the sacrifice. Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”. Two thousand years ago on another hill not far from Palestine God did provide. This time he provided a Son for the ultimate substitutionary sacrifice. Until you and I receive the Son that God provided, we will continue to offer our sons and daughters on the battlefield.

  8. incarcerated786 permalink
    November 17, 2013 8:47 am

    I agree, we sin in everything we do. If Allah wanted he could have created us like angels who dont sin, but He created us to sin so he can show his incomparable and unfathomable mercy and forgiveness. I can explain at length the ability of Allah to forgive and how perfect His system is, but with your different belief system it is very difficult on this kind of platform to debate.
    You quoted Ravi Zacharias, the story is of no meaning to me because I dont believe in the crucifixion. People like Ravi and perhaps you too, believe that the Bible is the word of God. If it were the word of God, I would happily follow it. I dont believe that it is the word of God for the simple reason that it contains thousands of errors.

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