Despair of Allaah’s Mercy

Question: There is an Aayah in the Noble Qur’aan in which Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says (what means), Say: “O ‘Ibaadee (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah: verily, Allaah forgives all sins. (Soorah Al-Zumar, 39: 53) Some Mufassiroon (exegetes of the Qur’aan) said in their interpretation of this Aayah that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) forgives all sins including Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). So which form of Shirk is meant here, is it the major one, or the minor one, or both?

Answer: Allaah’s Saying (which means): Say: “O ‘Ibaadee (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah: verily, Allaah forgives all sins. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Soorah Al-Zumar, 39: 53) is a prohibition addressed by Him to His servants against despairing of His Mercy… read more here.

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