📖Sahih al-Bukhari 1901
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
- It is important to understand that this statement does not imply that committing major sins, such as murder or other forbidden acts, can be easily forgiven without consequences. In the Qur’an, specifically in Surah An-Nisa (4:31), Allah emphasizes His willingness to forgive lesser sins. On the other hand, committing major sins carries their own punishments and consequences, as outlined by Islamic teachings. While Allah is indeed the most merciful and has the power to forgive all sins, sincere repentance and seeking forgiveness are essential for those who have committed major sins. The repentance process involves feeling remorse for one’s actions, resolving to avoid similar sins in the future, and seeking forgiveness from Allah. It is crucial to remember that forgiveness for major sins is ultimately up to Allah’s discretion.
In summary, the hadith emphasizes the forgiveness of previous sins for those who sincerely establish prayers on the night of Qadr and fast during Ramadan. However, it is vital to acknowledge that major sins require repentance and seeking forgiveness, as Allah is both merciful and just. Committing major sins carries their own consequences, and ultimately, Allah decides whether to forgive or punish based on His infinite wisdom and mercy.