May Allaah reward you with good, our Shaykh. This is the 19th question from Morocco. The questioner says: Must the innovator, if he repents from his innovation, fulfill the conditions for Tawbah? And are the conditions for repentance from innovation similar to repenting from disobedience? Do we accept the repentance of the innovator without his fulfillment of any conditions? Particularly since we heard some of the students of knowledge, who have put themselves forward, saying that it is sufficient for him to repent without fulfilling the conditions; this is more applicable. Is this correct?
This application is incorrect. Repenting from innovation is just like repenting from disobedience. However, here I must mention that if the disobedience, whether it be innovation or other than it, is open then it is obligatory that he repent to Allaah openly and clarify that he was in error; if he called to this innovation, incited towards it, and enticed (the people) with it.
As I mentioned, the conditions for repentance from innovation are just as the conditions for repentance from disobedience. It is a must that there be (two matters):
Translated By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
- Rectification of one’s condition.
- Bayaan (clarification, making apparent); clarification of the truth which he had concealed or distorted.
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