Causes of Forgiveness of Future Sins

“That is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.” (Quran: 57:21)

  1. Perfecting one’s ablution

“No worshipper perfects his ablution except that his past and future sins are forgiven.” (Hasan, al-Bazzaar. Al-Haythami and al-Mundhiri agreed.)

  1. Fasting the month of Ramadan with belief and seeking Allah’s reward

“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of Iman and seeking Allah’s reward then his past and future sins are forgiven.” (Hasan, Ahmad. Declared Hasan by adh-Dhahabi, as mentioned in al-Mughni (5876).)

“Whoever ate a food and then said, ‘Praise be to Allah who has fed me this food and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’, is forgiven his past [and future*] sins. And whoever wears a garment and says, ‘Praise be to Allah who has clothed me with this (garment) and provided it for me, without any strength or power on my part’, is forgiven his past and future sins.” (Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi,

  1. Getting old in Islam

“No one reaches forty years in Islam except that Allah protects him from madness, leprosy and leucoderma. When he is fifty, Allah makes easy his reckoning. When he reaches sixty, Allah grants him repentance. And when he reaches seventy, Allah loves him and the inhabitants of the heavens love him. And when he reaches eighty, Allah accepts his good deeds and overlooks his sins. When he reaches ninety, Allah forgives his past and future sins, he is named ‘the prisoner of Allah on earth’ and is granted intercession (for forgiveness) for his family.” (Hasan, Ibn ‘Asakir.

  1. Whose two or three children die and he remains patient

“There is no one from my Ummah who takes care of three daughters or three sisters, and is nice to them, except that they will be a veil (protection) for him from the Fire.” (Saheeh, al-Bayhaqi and Al-Bukhari

  1. Defending the honor of a Muslim

“Whoever defends the honor of his brother in absence has the right over Allah to be freed from the Fire.” (Saheeh, Ahmad, al-Tabarani. Authenticated by Al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (6240).) Al-Manaawi commented” “‘Whoever is limited to other than the disbeliever and public wrongdoer.” (Fayd al-Qadeer 6:136)

  1. Ihklas (sincerity) to Allah

No servant who says ‘la ilaha ill Allah’, seeking the pleasure of Allah, will reach the Day of Judgment, except that Allah will forbid the Fire for him. (Ahmad, al-Bukhari) Hafidh Ibn Hajr said, “It’s not like that (i.e. not entering the Fire at all) for everyone who believed in Tawheed and worshipped, but it is specific for the sincere, and sincerity (Ihklas) requires the realization of its meaning by the heart. One cannot imagine that the heart will reach that while persisting upon sins, as the heart would be filled with the love and fear of Allah, whereupon limbs will embark upon obedience and leave disobedience.”

  1. Crying out of fear of Allah

“No man who cried out of fear of Allah will enter the Fire until the milk returns to the udder, and dust in the path of Allah (jihad) and the smoke of the Fire cannot go together.” (Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasaa’i and Hakim who authenticated it.

  1. Performing the prayer in congregation for forty days while reaching the opening Takbeer

“Whoever prays to Allah for four days in congregation, reaching the opening Takbeer, will have two written for him: freedom from the Fire and freedom from hypocrisy.” (Hasan. at-Tirmidhi,

  1. Being consistent in praying four Rakats (units) before Dhuhr and after it

“Whoever is consistent in praying four units of prayer before Dhuhr and four after it, Fire will be forbidden for him.” (Saheeh. Abu Dawood, An-Nasaa’i, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, al-Hakim who authenticated it.

  1. Being consistent in praying before sunrise and before sunset

“No one will enter Fire who prays before sunrise and before sunset.” (Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasaa’i) Meaning, Fajr and ‘Asr prayers.

  1. Good character

“Whoever is easy-going, easy to deal with and kindhearted, Allah will forbid the Fire for him.” (Saheeh. Al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak, al-Bayhaqi, at-Tabarani. Al-Albani authenticated it in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (6484).)

  1. Freeing slaves

“Whoever frees a believing slave it will be his salvation from the Fire.” (Saheeh, Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasaa’i.

  1. Salat ut-Tasbeeh (Tasbeeh Prayer)

In a narration, Al-Mustamir ar-Rayan relates, “Whoever prays it will be forgiven his past and future sins, what he did secretly and what he did openly.” (Mentioned by Ibn Hajar in Ma’rifat al-Khisal al-Mukaffirah, p. 48, who said it was Hasan due to supporting narrations. Allah knows best.)

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