DOES ALLAH FORGIVE SINS?

DOES ALLAH FORGIVE SINS?

In a word, the answer to this question is an absolute NO. What will be proven in this article is the shocking reality that Allah does not forgive sins–not even a single sin. We will provide multiple evidences from Islamic sources themselves to prove why there is absolutely no forgiveness in Islam. If you find this unbelievable, we sincerely encourage you to read this article carefully. Please examine the facts before you dismiss the above allegation as inaccurate. It is crucial for Muslims to analyze the information provided here. Your eternal salvation depends very much on how you respond to the vital truth revealed here on the subject of forgiveness of sins in Islam. This article is about you. Does Allah really forgive you? We invite Muslims to challenge the evidences presented here.

However, this article is equally important to Christians who desire to share the Gospel with Muslims. What better way could there be than to discuss the subject of God’s forgiveness with Muslims? Today Muslims are migrating to the West in large numbers. Many come from countries where the preaching of the Gospel is strictly forbidden. God has now opened a wide door of activity for Christians to preach the Good News of God’s Kingdom to Muslims in their own home ground.

The term “Forgive” is one of the most endearing words in the relationship between two parties. While it basically means to pardon or to cancel a debt, it goes far beyond that. It is an assurance of love. When we sin against our Creator, we seek his forgiveness in order to restore our relationship with him. Forgiveness is not granted because the wrongdoer is qualified or entitled to be forgiven but rather, it is an act of love, mercy, and grace on the part of God.

IS THERE FORGIVENESS OF SINS IN ISLAM?

According to the teachings of the Qur’an, two angels are appointed for each individual by Allah. The function of these angels is to record the deeds of every individual during his or her lifetime on earth. The Qur’an refers to these angels as “Kiraman Katibin” which means “Honorable Recorders” or “Honorable Scribes.”

Surah 82:10-12: “But you should know that there are angelic guards watching over you and these honorable scribes know whatever you do.” (Sarwar)

These angels “know whatever you do.” They do not leave out any details. According to the Hadith, these angels are positioned on the shoulders, with one sitting on the left and one on the right, of the person whom they are assigned to accompany constantly. Thus, they are able to accurately record all the deeds of that individual. The following Qur’anic verses confirms this teaching in Islam:

Surah 50:17-18: “And the two recording angels are recording, sitting on the right and the left: each word he utters shall be noted down by a vigilant guardian.” (W. Khan)

The good deeds are recorded by the angel on the right while the bad are recorded by the angel on the left. What is important to note is how these written records affect the individual Muslim on “Judgment Day.” On “Judgment Day” the angels will present to Allah the complete written records of every individual from the beginning of mankind’s creation. The eternal destiny of each person is decided upon by Allah on the basis of the records provided by the angels. Therefore, an individual’s destiny will be based on the deeds committed during his or her lifetime on earth. If the good deeds exceed the bad, then that individual will enter Paradise. Conversely, those whose bad deeds exceed the good will be punished for eternity in the Islamic Hell.

THE SCALES OF ALLAH

One of the greatest fears of every Muslim is how the “Scales of Allah” will tilt for him or her on the “Day of Judgment.” Depending on the outcome, the “Scales of Allah” will determine either the eternal preservation or the eternal damnation of every single Muslim:

Surah 21:47: And We set the scales even in Day of Judgment admitting of no deviation and We judge with absolute justice and accordingly no soul shall ever be wronged in the least. Every deed, good or bad, will We present with precision even if it be as light or as little as a mustard seed. Enough are We in putting the law in execution. (Al-Muntakhab)

The Qur’an clearly teaches that Allah will weigh “every deed, good or bad” on the “Day of Judgment.” The fact that Allah could weigh “every deed, good or bad” committed by Muslims during their lifetime proves that Allah has not forgotten or forgiven their sins. Since the purpose for keeping a detailed record of the sins of an individual is to render judgment, it shows that the sins of the Muslims are neither forgiven nor forgotten by Allah. Even the sins of pious Muslims are not exempted.

The “Scales of Allah” is known as “Mizan” in Islamic terminology. It determines the eternal destiny of every individual. No sins will be exempted. Even sins for which the sinner has truly repented will be evoked on the “Day of Judgment” and placed on the “Scales of Allah.” This means that in reality the sinner is not forgiven. The salvation of the sinner depends very much now on the weight of his good deeds. Yes, even sins “as little as a mustard seed” will not be forgiven but will be taken into account by Allah on the “Day of Judgment.” Please read the following Qur’anic verses carefully:

Surah 101:6-11: As for him whose scales are heavy, He will have a pleasant life. But as for him whose scales are light, Hell will be a nursing mother to him. And what should make you know what that is? It is a blazing Fire. (Sher Ali)

It is vital for Muslims to recognize the truth that Allah does not forgive sins. The fact that every single sin committed by a Muslim has a bearing on the outcome of his destiny in the hereafter proves that Allah has neither forgotten nor forgiven his sins. The only option left for Muslims is to earnestly hope that his good deeds outweigh the bad ones. This is further confirmed in the following Qur’anic verses:

Surah 7:8-9: On that Day the weighing of deeds will be true and just: As for those whose good deeds are heavy on the scales will be the ones to prosper, and those whose good deeds are light will be the ones who have lost their souls through their wrongful rejection of Our messages. (Abdel Haleem)

A Muslim has to have at least a minimum of 51% of good deeds in his favor to enter Paradise. Conversely, if his bad deeds were to exceed by just a minute fraction, he will spend eternity in the Islamic Hell. You need to be a mathematician to be a Muslim. With no true forgiveness, the only option for a Muslim to prevail over Allah’s adverse judgment is through his own personal effort–through the doing of good deeds. And the good deeds must exceed his bad deeds. In view of the sinful nature of mankind, honest Muslims will readily agree that this is no easy task to accomplish. In describing Allah’s final judgment of mankind, the Qur’an states the following:

Surah 99:6-8: That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds. So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant) shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom or a small ant shall see it. (Hilali-Khan)

Do the above Qur’anic verses give you the impression that Allah readily forgives those who sincerely seek his forgiveness? Can any Muslim confidently say that he is assured of his salvation? How can he when Muhammad himself is uncertain about his own salvation? Read the confession of Muhammad:

Surah 46:9: “Say: I am no new thing among the messengers of Allah, nor know I what will be done with me or with you. I do but follow that which is inspired in me, and I am but a plain warner.” (Pickthall)

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 266:

Narrated ‘Um al-‘Ala: “Uthman fell ill and I nursed him till he died, and we covered him with his clothes. Then the Prophet came to us and I (addressing the dead body) said, “O Abu As-Sa’ib, may Allah’s Mercy be on you! I bear witness that Allah has honored you.” On that the Prophet said, “How do you know that Allah has honored him?” I replied, “I do not know. May my father and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Allah’s Apostle! But who else is worthy of it (if not Uthman)?” He said, “As to him, by Allah, death has overtaken him, and I hope the best for him. By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me.”

While speaking in the context of life in the hereafter, Muhammad confessed to the uncertainty of his final destination in the hereafter. He admits that he is unaware as to whether Allah will send him to Paradise or to Hell. Before we proceed, it is vital to note that the concept of weighing the good deeds against the bad can easily be subjected to abuse. For example, a Muslim can simply commit a sin and cleverly offset it by performing some good deeds. Would not this be a mockery of divine justice? Would not this give Muslims a license to commit sins? And this is exactly what Muhammad taught his followers to do.

40 Hadiths of Imam Nawawi, Hadith Number 18:

Follow Up a Bad Deed with a Good Deed

Abû Dharr al-Ghifârî and Mu`âdh b, Jabal relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Fear Allah wherever you are. Follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will blot it out. And deal with people in a good manner.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhî)

Muslims love this Hadith. This loophole in the teachings of Islam serves as an inducement for Muslims to sin. However, in spite of this leverage to sin, the early Companions of Muhammad who had firsthand knowledge of Islam were suspicious of Allah. What should trouble Muslims even more is the fact that this distrust of Allah was evident even among the Caliphs, the very Guardians of the Islamic Faith.

Successors of the Messenger” by Khalid Muhammad Khalid, p. 70:

Caliph Abu-Bakr Al-Sadik said: “I have no trust concerning Allah’s schemes, even if one of my feet is inside of paradise who can determine which deed is acceptable and which is not. You do all what you can do, and the accountability is with Allah.  You ask him for acceptance.”

Abu Bakr was the first Caliph of Islam and a close Companion of Muhammad. He was the Guardian of the Islamic Faith and designated as the “Rightly Guided Caliph” (Rashidun). For the first Caliph of Islam to manifest such great distrust in Allah shows that there must be something about Allah that makes him untrustworthy. More importantly, this account also reveals the uncertainty of salvation in Islam. Imagine, the very Guardian of the Islamic Faith does not know which deeds are acceptable and which are not by Allah. There is always a catch in Islam. While good deeds count, it still depends on Allah to make it count. For the worshippers of Jehovah, they experience no such fear regarding their salvation.

Isaiah 12:2: God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid. For Jehovah, even Jehovah is my strength and my might, and he became my salvation.”

If Muslims desire to attain salvation, they must turn to Jehovah–the God of Salvation.

THE DESTINATION OF HELL-FIRE

Of course, Muslims will deny everything that is stated here and claim that there is forgiveness in Islam. They may even show some Qur’anic verses that speak about Allah’s forgiveness. Since the Qur’an is full of contradictory teachings, we should not be surprised at this deceptive game played by the apologists of Islam. Do not be misled. If there is truly forgiveness in Islam, would it be necessary for Muslims to “follow up a bad deed with a good deed” to atone their sins? And this is exactly what Muhammad taught his followers to do. He said: “Follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will blot it out.” This clearly proves that it is not the forgiveness of Allah that atones for the sins of the Muslims but rather the doing of good deeds to offset their sins.

Not only are Muslims deceiving themselves but they also contradict the teachings of Allah when they claim there is true forgiveness in Islam. How can there be true forgiveness when the Qur’an clearly teaches that every single Muslim “will be taken to hell” immediately following his or her death. As expected, this may come as a shock for the vast majority of Muslims who are ignorant of their religion. According to the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world and substantiated by verses in the Qur’an, Muhammad is in Hell along with his followers who have passed away in death. However, what should trouble Muslims even more today is the fact that this very same destiny awaits them. Would it make sense for every single Muslim to suffer this severe form of punishment if their sins are truly forgiven? We will now consider the evidences verified in both the Qur’an and the Hadiths.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 770:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He replied, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the full moon on a clear night?” They replied, “No, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the sun when there are no clouds?” They replied in the negative. He said, “You will see Allah (your Lord) in the same way.

On the Day of Resurrection, people will be gathered and He will order the people to follow what they used to worship. So some of them will follow the sun, some will follow the moon, and some will follow other deities; and only this nation (Muslims) will be left with its hypocrites. Allah will come to them and say, ‘I am Your Lord.’ They will say, ‘We shall stay in this place till our Lord comes to us and when our Lord will come, we will recognize Him.

Then Allah will come to them again and say, ‘I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘You are our Lord.’ Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, ‘O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.’

There will be hooks like the thorns of Sa’dan in Hell. Have you seen the thorns of Sa’dan?” The people said, “Yes.” He said, “These hooks will be like the thorns of Sa’dan but nobody except Allah knows their greatness in size and these will entangle the people according to their deeds; some of them will fall and stay in Hell forever; others will receive punishment and will get out of Hell, till when Allah intends mercy on whomever He likes amongst the people of Hell, He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone. The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces. So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water…”

Muslims who read this account may find it shocking. Shocking as it may be, it is nonetheless based on the true teachings of Islam. There is no ambiguity in the meaning of this Hadith. According to the clear teaching of Allah, Muhammad descended straight into Hell upon his death. He did not ascend to any heavenly Paradise as Muslims claim. Right now the Prophet of Islam is in Hell waiting to be rescued by Allah on the “Day of Resurrection.” The account continues on to state that a bridge which is known as “As-Sirat” will be “laid across Hell” through which those who are judged favorably will escape on the “Day of Judgment.” The Hadith clearly states that Muhammad will be among “the first to cross it” with his followers. Since the “As-Sirat” is “laid across Hell,” Muhammad has to be in Hell in order to use this bridge to depart from there.

The “Day of Resurrection” refers to the “Time of the End.”  This means that even now as you are reading this article, Muhammad is in Hell waiting to be rescued. The Hadith clearly reveals that even pious Muslims who pray regularly will be consumed by the fires of Hell, leaving only the “marks of their prostration” untouched. Thus, the bodies of the Muslims in Hell will be consumed by fire. And it states: “At that time–on the Day of Resurrection–they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons.” In harmony with the teachings of Muhammad in the above Hadith, the Qur’an also confirms that all Muslims–every single one of them–“will be taken to Hell.”

Surah 19:70-71:We know best who deserves greater suffering in Hell fire. It is the inevitable decree of your Lord that every one of you will be taken to Hell.” (Sarwar)

We surely know best who most deserve to be burnt in its flames. There is not one of you who shall not pass through the confines of Hell.” (Dawood)

It is important to note that even those who are saved on the “Day of Resurrection” were not exempted from the punishment of Allah in Hell-fire for an unspecified number of years. Thus, there is no escape from Hell even for pious Muslims. The path to salvation cannot be found in the path that leads to Hell, even momentarily. For a more detailed discussion on the subject of Hell in Islam, please click the following link: THE QUR’AN CONFIRMS MUHAMMAD IS IN HELL

PREDESTINATION AND FORGIVENESS

There is another vital reason why the concept of Forgiveness is a mockery, a charade in Islam. This is because of the teaching of Predestination in Islam. Predestination is irreconcilable with the concept of Forgiveness. These two teachings cannot coexist. The Qur’an states that Allah predestines everything:

Surah 9:51: “Nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us.” (Hilali-Khan)

Surah 57:22: No calamity befalls the earth or your own selves, but it is pre-destined in a Book before We bring it into being. Indeed it is easy for Allah. (Muhammad Taqi Usmani)

Allah even preordains those who will be saved and those who will not. Only those preordained for salvation by Allah will be saved:

Surah 10:100: No soul can believe, except by the will of Allah, and He will place doubt on those who will not understand. (Yusuf Ali)

Surah 76:29-30: Verily! This (Verse of the Quran) is an admonition, so whosoever wills, let him take a Path to his Lord (Allah). But you cannot will, unless Allah wills. (Hilali-Khan)

Are you aware of the instant contradiction in Surah 76:29-30? At the beginning of these Qur’anic verses Allah clearly stated: “Whosoever wills, let him take a Path to his Lord.” Then, Allah instantly contradicts himself by saying: “But you cannot will, unless Allah wills.” Such contradictions are common in the teachings of Allah. It is important to recognize that Predestination is an important precondition in Islam’s doctrine of salvation. Reflect deeply on the meaning of the following Qur’anic verses:

Surah 5:40-41: Do you not know that to Allah only belongs the kingship of the heavens and the earth? He punishes whomever He wills, and forgives whomever He wills; and Allah is able to do all things…, And the one whom Allah wills to send astray, you will never be able to help him in the least against Allah; they are those whose hearts Allah did not will to cleanse; for them is disgrace in this world, and for them is a great punishment in the Hereafter. (Faridul Haque)

And the one whom Allah wills to send astray” cannot be saved. Not even Muhammad can do anything to guide that individual to the way of salvation. Allah asks Muhammad a provocative question:

Surah 4:88: “Would you guide whom Allah has caused to err? And whom Allah has led astray cannot be guided.” (Dawood)

And even more damaging is the Qur’an’s evidence that Allah inspires sin into a person:

Surah 91:7-8: “By the soul and Who shaped it and inspired it with its sin and its piety.” (Qaribullah)

Yes! Allah inspires sin into a person. The words of Allah in Surah 91:7-8 is so damaging that some translators of the Qur’an (like Yusuf Ali and Pickthall) deliberately attempt to obscure their true meaning by inserting the word, “knowledge” to these verses. The Arabic the word, “il’man” which means “knowledge” does not appear anywhere in these verses. Thus, they deliberately try to deceive Muslims by implying that Allah breathed into the soul the “knowledge” of sin and piety. The original Arabic does not allow for such insertion. And their deception is easily exposed by the following Hadith. Notice how Surah 91:7-8 is translated from the original Arabic in this Hadith.

Sahih Muslim, Book 033, Number 6406:

Abu al-Aswad reported that ‘Imran b Husain asked him: “…Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion that the people do in the world and strive for, is something decreed for them; something preordained for them and will their fate in the Hereafter be determined by the fact that their Prophets brought them teachings which they did not act upon. And thus they became deserving of punishment? Thereupon, he said: Of course, it happens as it is decreed by Destiny and preordained for them, and this view is confirmed by this verse of the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious: “Consider the soul and Him Who made it perfect, then breathed into it its sin and its piety” (S.91:7-8). 

Muslims, this is a classic example how your scholars deceive you from knowing the truth. They deliberately alter the words of Allah to make them appear less offensive. Why? Are they ashamed of the teachings of Allah? The above Hadith clearly reveals that the final destination of Muslims in the hereafter is not determined by how they respond–either favorably or unfavorably–to the teachings of the Scriptures or the Prophets but “as it is decreed by destiny and preordained for them” by Allah. This means that in reality, the function of the Scriptures or the Prophets is absolutely redundant in Islam.

As we have noted, Allah decides the final destination of Muslims in the hereafter for them. For those who are destined to Hell, they are preordained to act accordingly to deserve such an unfavorable outcome. They can do nothing to alter the course. All the deeds that the individual will carry out during his or her lifetime have been predetermined for them before they are even born. Allah has sealed the fate of the Muslims while they are still in their mother’s womb. The following Hadith will testify to this fact:

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 77, Number 593: 

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Mus’ud: Allah’s Apostle, the truthful and truly-inspired, said, “Each one of you collected in the womb of his mother for forty days, and then turns into a clot for an equal period (of forty days) and turns into a piece of flesh for a similar period of forty days and then Allah sends an angel and orders him to write four things: His provision, his age, and whether he will be of the wretched or the blessed in the Hereafter. Then the soul is breathed into him. And by Allah, a person among you (or a man) may do deeds of the people of the Fire till there is only a cubit or an arm-breadth distance between him and the Fire, but then that writing which Allah has ordered the angel to write precedes, and he does the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters it; and a man may do the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is only a cubit or two between him and Paradise, and then that writing precedes and he does the deeds of the people of the Fire and enters it.”

If your final destination is already predetermined by Allah before you are even born, can you do anything to alter your destiny against the will of Allah? Imagine the hopelessness of your situation if you are predestined by Allah to spend eternity in Hell in the hereafter. In fact, a Muslim simply cannot choose to live a virtuous life unless he is predestined by Allah to do so. Such is the despair in Islam. You are damned if you are damned by Allah.

Every good deed and every bad deed of a Muslim is preordained by Allah. As such, can the forgiveness of Allah have any real meaning in Islam? Does it make sense for Allah to forgive a person when Allah himself is the cause of that very sin which needs forgiveness? In reality, it is not the forgiveness of Allah that saves those who are saved but rather the predestination of Allah. Since predestination rules out the possibility for an individual to work out his own salvation, it proves that Allah is actually showing favoritism towards those whom he selects to save. In contrast, the Bible teaches that Christians are given the freedom to determine the outcome of their salvation:

Philippians 2:12: “Keep working out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

The following Hadith will enlighten us further on the far-reaching effects of predestination in Islam.

Sahih Muslim, Book 033, Number 6436:

A’isha, the mother of the believers, said that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was called to lead the funeral prayer of a child of the Ansar. I said: Allah’s Messenger, there is happiness for this child who is a bird from the birds of Paradise for it committed no sin nor has he reached the age when one can commit sin. He said: ‘A’isha, per adventure, it may be otherwise, because God created for Paradise those who are fit for it while they were yet in their father’s loins and created for Hell those who are to go to Hell. He created them for Hell while they were yet in their father’s loins.

The expression, “while they were yet in their father’s loins” refers to a time before the conception of the child even takes place. It refers to the time before the child is even conceived by his or her mother. Therefore, those predestined to Hell are subjected to it before they are even formed in their mother’s womb. This completely eliminates any hope for that child because the child who is predestined to Hell is created for Hell:

Surah 7:179: And surely, We have created many of the jinns and mankind for Hell. (Hilali-Khan)

The following Hadith reveals that Allah is the author/creator of sin.

Sahih Muslim, Book 033, Number 6421:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle as saying: Verily Allah has fixed the very portion of adultery which a man will indulge in, and which he of necessity must commit.

Can you comprehend the absolute evil nature of this Islamic teaching? Will a loving God willfully subjugate his very own creation to commit such immoral sins which they “of necessity must commit.”? Will it then be justifiable for God to punish these ones for the sins that he himself destined them to commit? Would not such a God be both sadistic and evil in nature? Listen now to the voice of Jehovah:

Exodus 20:14: “You must not commit adultery.”

Since the doctrine of Predestination is antithesis to the concept of Forgiveness, Allah simply cannot be the true God. He can never be. That is why we should not be shocked by the satanic nature of his teaching in the following Hadith:

Sahih Muslim, Book 37, Hadith Number 6622:

Chapter: The obliteration of sins with the help of seeking forgiveness from Allah.

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) 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.

Need we say more? Can you believe this? Allah just admitted that he will destroy all those who do not commit sins. In other words, Allah will destroy the righteous! Just contemplate very, very carefully! Is it the will of God or the will of Satan to destroy those who walk in integrity? Is this not a clue to the real identity of Allah? Does not this prove that Allah is actually Satan in disguise? Even if Muslims deny this, they still have to accept the fact that Satan is actually saving them from the destruction of Allah by causing them to sin. Therefore, rather than being an enemy, Satan is actually the savior of Muslims. Only in Islam, the committing of sins leads to preservation. For more information on the identity of Allah, please click the following link: QUR’AN REVEALS ALLAH IS SATAN

Jehovah the God of Justice does not and will not predetermine our course of action against our will. He has, but lovingly placed in our hands the freedom to choose. Jehovah created us as free moral agents. By granting us this freedom to choose, he has dignified us. This glorious freedom is what differentiates us from animals. Animals perform by instinct but we by choice. Because we have a choice, we are also subjected to divine laws. Otherwise, the blessings and punishments for either obeying or disobeying the divine laws of God make no sense. It makes no sense when it is beyond our control to act on our own. Only when humans are given the freedom to choose, the deeds they perform will have any real significance. Only then can true justice prevail.

However, there is yet another vital reason why we are created as free moral agents with the right to exercise free will. Our loving Creator wants us to love him out of our own free will and not because we are predestined to do so. Only when we are given the free will to choose, we can truly say that the love that we express for Him is our own. If there is no free will, love can never play a part in our worship of God. Please read the following Bible verse:

Deuteronomy 30:19: “I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curses. Now choose life, so that you may keep living.”

The above Bible text needs no explanation. It simply means we have a choice. We can choose our destination. We can choose life. For an in-depth understanding on the subject of Predestination in Islam, please click the following link: TEACHING OF PREDESTINATION PROVES ISLAM IS FALSE

THE FORGIVENESS OF JEHOVAH

Let us now turn our attention to Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How absolute is the forgiveness of Jehovah? When Jehovah forgives, does he really forget the sins of those whom he had forgiven? As our Creator, Jehovah knows that no matter how earnestly we may yearn to give our complete obedience to him, we all fall short of his requirements many times. As a result, we sin against him. However, if we sincerely seek his mercy with a repentant heart, we are assured that he will forgive us:

Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit; a heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not despise.”

Hence, Jehovah will never turn away a person that is “broken and crushed” by the burden of sin. However, this does not mean that we can presume on God’s mercy as an excuse to sin. Jehovah is not guided by mere sentiment. He will by no means forgive those who practice sin willfully. Neither will he forgive those who do not manifest genuine repentance for their sinful course.

Hebrews 10:26-27: For if we practice sin willfully after having received the accurate knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins left, but there is a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a burning indignation that is going to consume those in opposition.

The Book of Psalms uses an endearing expression to describe the extent of Jehovah’s mercy towards repentant sinners:

Psalm 103:12: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

The expression “as far as the east is from the west” means “as far as possible” or “as far as we can imagine.” Thus, when Jehovah forgives, he puts our sins as far away from us as we can imagine. Have you ever tried to remove a stain from a light-colored garment? Despite our best efforts, the stain may remain visible. Consider now the care and completeness of Jehovah’s forgiveness:

Isaiah 1:18: “Though your sins should prove to be as scarlet, they will be made white just like snow; though they should be red like crimson cloth, they will become even like wool.”

We can never remove the stains of sin through our own personal effort. But Jehovah can remove the stains of our sins. He can take away our sins that are like scarlet or red like crimson cloth and make them white like snow or wool. When Jehovah forgives, we can be sure that the stains of our sins are removed completely. Never will he accuse us again for the sins that he has forgiven. Under inspiration the Prophet Isaiah wrote the following:

Isaiah 38:17: “You have thrown behind your back all my sins.”

Jehovah is here portrayed as taking hold of the sins of a repentant wrongdoer and throwing them behind his back. This means that Jehovah does not take notice of the sins of those whom he had forgiven any longer. The forgiveness is complete. Jehovah lovingly implores us to repent and leave our sinful course so that he can forgive us:

Acts 3:19: “Therefore, repent and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out.”

The phrase “blotted out” means “to wipe out, cancel or destroy.” This beautifully describes the extent of Jehovah’s mercy. When he forgives our sins, it is as though he wipes them away. Now, we come to the most important question. When Jehovah forgives, does he really forget the sins of a repentant sinner? The answer is an absolute YES. Jehovah gives us this assurance:

Jeremiah 31:34: “I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.”

What does the Bible mean when it says that Jehovah does not “remember” the sins of those whom he has forgiven? Of course it does not mean that when God forgives a sinner he is unable to recall the sins anymore? That could hardly be the case. Therefore, what does this really then mean? It means that Jehovah will not thereafter act against the individual on the basis of those sins which he had already forgiven. Thus, when Jehovah says “their sin I shall remember no more,” it means that once he has forgiven a repentant sinner, he will not thereafter act against the individual at some time in the future on the basis of those sins which he had forgiven.

Ezekiel 18:21-22: Now if someone wicked turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps my statutes and does what is just and righteous, he will surely keep living. He will not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed will be held against him. He will keep living for doing what is righteous.

As we can see, Jehovah will not bring up the sins which he had already forgiven in order to punish us again at some time in the future. Is it not comforting to know that our God forgives and forgets? How refreshing to know that Jehovah is “ready to forgive” those who are truly repentant:

Psalms 86:5: For you, O Jehovah, are good and ready to forgive.

Despite the mistakes we make and continue to make, we should never conclude that we are beyond the reach of Jehovah’s mercy. If we repent sincerely from our heart, take the necessary steps to right the wrong, and earnestly pray for his forgiveness, we can have the full confidence that Jehovah will forgive us:

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

While Jehovah hates transgression, he does not hate the sinner. If we are truly repentant and reject our sinful course, we can be sure of his forgiveness.

A NOTE TO MUSLIMS

Muslims, your final destiny is not beyond your control as Islam teaches. You have the freedom to choose your destiny. You can choose life eternal by submitting to the true God:

John 17:3: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.”

It is important to note that the Qur’an actually quotes a verse from the Book of Psalms. However, Muhammad only quotes the verse partially in the Qur’an. The plagiarized verse in the Qur’an reads:

Surah 21:105: “Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message given to Moses: My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth.” (Yusuf Ali)

Now read the full the quotation of this verse in the Holy Bible:

Psalms 37:29: The righteous themselves will inherit the earth and reside forever upon it.

The Bible clearly teaches that after removing the wicked on Judgment Day, the “righteous will inherit the earth and reside forever upon it.” Therefore, you can choose to be among the righteous and live forever on the Earth:

Psalms 37:10-11: Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more. You will look at where they were and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

Proverbs 2:21-22: For only the upright will reside in the earth and the blameless will remain in it. As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth. And the treacherous will be torn away from it.

Instead of turning to Muhammad for salvation, you should turn to Jesus Christ. Why is this absolutely essential for your salvation? It is because the Qur’an itself admits that Muhammad does not possess the power or the ability to guide his followers to the “Right Path” of salvation. Please read Muhammad’s own confession in the following Qur’anic verse:

Surah 72:21: “It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to the Right Path.” (Hilali-Khan)

Do you really understand the gravity of Muhammad’s confession in the above Qur’anic verse? It means you cannot depend on Muhammad to guide you to salvation. Would it really be wise to place your eternal salvation in the hands of this man? Compare now the assurance that Jesus gave his followers:

John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.”

Jesus also made the following profound statement in the Holy Bible:

John 14:6: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

You will be surprised to learn that the Qur’an agrees with the Bible that obedience to Jesus is an essential precondition for Muslims to gain salvation. The Qur’an testifies that for a servant of God to be on the “Straight Way” of salvation, he must not only “fear God” but he must also “obey” Jesus Christ:

Surah 43:63-64: When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: “Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which you dispute. Therefore fear God and obey me. For God, He is my Lord and your Lord: so worship Him: This is a Straight Way.” (Yusuf Ali)

Yes! By obeying Jesus Christ you can be on the “Straight Way” leading to your salvation. And Jesus will lead you to your Creator. He will lead you to the only true God. The Holy Bible identifies the true God by name in the following verse:

Psalms 83:18: “May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

Muslims who choose to remain in Islam can never be sure of their salvation. What is important for Muslims to understand is that Allah does not forgive or forget their sins. He only pretends to forgive sinners. While Allah pretends, true forgiveness can be found only with Jehovah. And he forgives in a large way:

Isaiah 55:7: Let the wicked man leave his way. And the evil man his thoughts. Let him return to Jehovah who will have mercy on him. Let him return to our God for he will forgive in a large way.

When Jehovah forgives, he does so completely and everlastingly. Sinners who submit to his loving invitation to repent and leave their sinful course will be shown mercy and they will receive his forgiveness. How grateful we are to worship a God who forgives us in a large way.

DEFENSE MISSION JERICHO

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