When someone has an abortion even though they didnt want to but the circumstance called for and they were only two months into the pregnancy, how do they seek forgiveness?
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My questions are when someone has an abortion even though they didnt want to but the circumstance called for and they were only two months into the pregnancy, how do they seek forgiveness? Will Allah forgive her? Is it true that it`s ok to have an abortion if the pregnancy is less than four months? Are there certain rituals one has to perform?
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Your Statement: Some people have told me that it's ok since i was only two months pregnant. They said that a pregnancy does not have a life until your four months.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 140:
Most surely they became losers, who, in their folly and ignorance killed their own children; and made unlawful what Allah had provided them as sustenance, falsely ascribing prohibitions to Allah. Surely, they went astray and were not at all rightly guided.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 151 (part):
You should not kill your children for fear of poverty; for We provide sustenance for you and will provide sustenance for them also.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 31:
Do not kill your children for fear of want; for it is We Who provide for them, and for you as well. Indeed, their killing is a heinous crime!
Regardless of whether it is one day into conception or months into pregnancy, the heinous act of intentionally killing ones unborn child or abortion is akin to the crime of intentional murder in the Sight of Allah Subhanah. If in ignorance one has performed or is an accomplice to the heinous crime of abortion, and dies without seeking forgiveness from their Lord for their sin, they will be held severely accountable for their act of intentional murder of an innocent soul in the Just and Supreme Court of The Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.
Your Question: how do they seek forgiveness? Will Allah forgive her?
Whatever deeds one might have done, if one turns to Allah Subhanah in sincere Taubah and seeks forgiveness, Allah Subhanah has promised in the Holy Quran that He will forgive all the sins of such a believer, even if one has committed the gravest sin of all: Shirk! Not only that, our Lord is so Merciful and Generous, that He not only will forgive the sins of the believer, He will change his evil deeds done into good deeds!
The conditions or ways to seek sincere Taubah or Repentance from the Merciful Lord are:
- One is aware that he has sinned, and feels sorry and ashamed at his sin.
- Makes a solemn covenant and promise with Allah that he will not repeat his sin again.
- Turns to Allah and seeks forgiveness, before he has met with his appointment of death.
- Is a believer and does righteous good deeds thereafter.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verses 53-54:
(O Prophet) say: O My servants who have wronged their own souls.Do not despair of Allahs Mercy! Surely, Allah forgives all sins. He indeed is the All Forgiving, All Merciful. Return to your Lord and submit to Him before the scourge overtakes you; for then you may get no help from anywhere.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 135-136:
Allah likes such good people very much, who, if ever they commit a base deed or wrong their own soul by the commission of a sin, remember Allah instantly, and ask for forgiveness from Him for their shortcomings. For who, but Allah, can forgive sins? (And Allah loves those) who do not knowingly persist in the wrongs they did. These will be rewarded with forgiveness from Allah, and with Gardens beneath which canals flow, and they will reside therein forever! How excellent is the reward of those who do good deeds!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqaan verses 63-71:
The (true) servants of the Merciful are those who walk humbly on the earth. When the ignorant people behave insolently towards them, they say, Peace to you; (And those) who pass their nights in prostrating themselves and standing before their Lord and pray, O our Lord, save us from the torment of Hell, for its torment is killing! It is an evil abode, and an evil resting place. (And those) who, when they spend are neither extravagant, nor miserly, but keep the golden mean between the two extremes. (And those) who do not invoke any god but Allah Alone, nor kill a soul unjustly, which Allah has forbidden, nor commit adultery He who does this shall be punished for his sin, and his torment shall be doubled on the Day of Resurrection, and he shall abide in a state of ignominy; EXCEPT THE ONE WHO MAY HAVE REPENTED (AFTER THOSE SINS), AND HAVE BELIEVED AND DONE RIGHTEOUS DEEDS. For then, Allah will change his evil deeds into good deeds, and He is very Forgiving and Merciful. In fact, one who repents and does righteous deeds, returns to Allah as one rightly should!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 54:
When those come to you who believe in Our Signs, say: "Peace be on you! Your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy. Verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct), Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
Your Question: Is there anything i am suppose to do to seek forgiveness from our creator Allah?
Dear and beloved sister in Islam, the condition and pain of your heart that you have portrayed in your letter is evidence enough that you have realized the enormity of the sin you have committed in the Sight of Allah and your sincere desire to turn back to your Lord and constantly seek forgiveness for your past is all you need to do; it is expected that you will find your Lord Forgiving and Merciful.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 61 Surah Tahreem verse 8:
8 O ye who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance: in the hope that your Lord will remove from you your ills and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow the Day that Allah will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and by their right hands while they say "Our Lord! perfect our Light for us and grant us Forgiveness; for Thou has power over all things."
Hadith Qudsi 34
The Prophet (saws) said that Allah Subhanah, High and Exalted He is, says: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.
Beloved Sister, as much as turning back to the Lord Creator seeking sincere repentance and Taubah is a condition of the heart, this condition in manifested in the acts and deeds one does. Thus to manifest your sincerity of your Taubah to your Lord, remain constant in seeking His Forgiveness, re-double your efforts to perfectly align yourself to the Commands of your Lord, and do as many good deeds as you possibly can for the rest of your life; it is expected that not only will your Lord Creator accept your repentance but in His Sublime Mercy and Grace will bestow upon you His Magnanimous Rewards when you ultimately meet with Him; for Allah Subhanah Alone is the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,