What About the Former Sins of a New-Muslim?

Name of Questioner: Nihad

Date: 29-3-2016 04:13:30 PM

Consultant: Ask About Islam Editorial Staff


I am in the process of becoming a truly practicing Muslim and wonder what is going on after the full integration of Islam. I wonder whether any experiences that I have had would limit me from becoming a follower of the straight path to Allah. Please forgive my explicitness, but since men and women are not allowed to engage in full-blown relationships, how do I resolve the conflict that prior to its integration in my life. I have had different experiences and now have read repeatedly that it is forbidden. How can I possibly reconcile the two dichotomous notions? I am waiting for your answer.

Wa alaikum assalamu wa rahatullah wa bararkatu 

Dear questioner, praise be to Allah Who has guided your friend to Islam. We ask Allah to make him steadfast and to guide him to that which is good for him in this world and in the Hereafter. 

By His grace and mercy, Allah wipes out all the sins that have been committed before embracing Islam. When a disbeliever becomes Muslim, Allah forgives all that he did when he was a non-Muslim, and he becomes cleansed of sin. 

Muslim narrated that Amr ibn Al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When Allah put Islam in my heart, I came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: “Give me your right hand so that I may swear allegiance to you.” He held out his hand and I withdrew my hand. He said, “What is the matter, O Amr?” I said, “I want to stipulate a condition.” He said, “What do you want to stipulate?” I said, “That I will be forgiven.” He said, “Do you not know that Islam destroys that which came before it?”  “Islam destroys that which came before it” means that it erases it and wipes it out. (Stated by al-Nawawi in Sharh Muslim)

 Shaykh Ibn Uthaymin (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked a similar question, about someone who earned money by dealing in drugs before he became Muslim. He replied: 

“We say to this brother whom Allah has blessed with Islam after he had earned haram (unlawful) wealth: be of good cheer, for this wealth is permissible for him and there is no sin on him in it, whether he keeps it or gives it in charity, or uses it to get married, because Allah says in His Glorious Book:

 Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), their past will be forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded (as a warning). (Al-Anfal 8:38

The verse means all that has passed, in general terms, is forgiven. But any money that was taken by force from its owner must be returned to him. But money that was earned by agreements between people, even if it is unlawful, like that which is earned through riba (interest) or by selling drugs, etc. it is permissible for him when he becomes Muslim because Allah says, “Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), their past will be forgiven”.

Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to Amr ibn Al-Aas when he became Muslim: “Do you not know that Islam destroys that which came before it?”

Many of the non-Muslims became Muslim after they had killed Muslims, but they were not punished for what they had done. So tell this brother that his wealth is permissible and there is no sin in it; he may give it in charity and use it to get married. As for what he has been told about it not being permissible for him to give it in charity, there is no basis for that.

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Source: Taken from islamqa.info/en