Repentance from Bid`ahs and sins

Question: What is your ruling on an innovator in religion, who invents a Bid`ah Shirkiyyah (rejected innovation in religion which is tantamount to associating others in worship with Allaah), in which he seeks help from the dead Awliyaa’ (pious people) and prays in their shrines, hoping that they will give him their blessing. He married a woman, after her last husband divorced her; he used to have sexual intercourse with her secretly time after time, until she got pregnant by him, so he quickly contracted marriage with her after her pregnancy became obvious. This marriage was carried out without Guidance from Allaah. She gave birth to a baby girl, who is two years old now, then he repented to Allaah from such Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) and firmly adhered to the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him) and read, “Fath Al-Majeed Sharh Kitaab Al-Tawheed” and other books by Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah (those adhering to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). He has repented for having committed Zinaa (illegal sexual intercourse) and other abominations. His wife is now pregnant and he is asking about what should he do? Is there any expiation for committing Zinaa?

What should he do with his relatives who are still adhering to their Bid`ahs Shirkiyyah (rejected innovations in religion which are tantamount to associating others in worship with Allaah)? Please give me your legal opinion.

Answer: Firstly, Undoubtedly, Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) is the gravest of major sins and Bid`ahs introduced into religion and is one of the most hideous crimes. Zinaa is one of the abominations and among the gravest of major sins; whoever has committed it should rid themselves of it, shun it completely and beg forgiveness from Allaah. They should repent for the crimes in which they indulged; perhaps Allaah may accept their Tawbah (repentance to Allaah)… read more here.

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