Hadith on Sins: Seeking Forgiveness for Sins in Islam

📖Sahih Muslim 2749
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) having said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if you were not to commit sin, Allah would sweep you out of existence and He would replace (you by) those people who would commit sin and seek forgiveness from Allah, and He would have pardoned them.

  • This hadith from Sahih Muslim 2749 suggests that if human beings did not commit sins, Allah would replace them with those who commit sins and seek forgiveness. It means that Allah, in His infinite wisdom, has created human beings with the capacity to commit sins and has granted them free will to make choices. Allah wants us to strive to avoid sin and follow His commands, but He also knows that human beings are fallible and may make mistakes. Therefore, when someone commits a sin, Allah wants them to turn back to Him in repentance and seek forgiveness. It is important to note that the hadith does not suggest that Allah wants or approves of sins such as murder or rape. These actions are condemned in Islam and are considered grave sins that can lead to severe punishment in this life and in the hereafter. Rather, the hadith highlights the importance of seeking forgiveness from Allah when we fall short and make mistakes.