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In Islam - How To Keep Your Sins (Bad Deeds) To Yourself as a Muslim

Updated on February 26, 2015
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Gous Ahmed is a passionate writer especially in subjects concerning the religion of Islam. Working as an advisor and writing part-time.

Hadeeth On Backbiting

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (Quran, 49:12)

Allah loves those who turn to Him constantly (for forgiveness) and He loves those who keep themselves pure and clean. (Quran, 2:222)

Allah May Forgive You if You Repent

There is an English saying which goes like this:

What he/she doesn't know will not hurt him/her.

This saying is true but no sin which no one else knows should be shared with anyone. Only Allah knows and He may forgive you.

In Islam it is advised if you have sinned and only you know it, to keep it to yourself and not share it with another soul, not even your closest of friends, because although Allah knows you have sinned, if Allah wills He may forgive you.

Christians are able to go to church and confess their sins to a priest but muslims can directly confess their sins to Allah in prayer, repent to never do it again and abstain from sinning knowingly. This way Allah may forgive us and we may be saved from the hell fire. We should only ask for forgiveness from Allah and no one else. If a practicing Muslim acts in a sinful way, he/she should repent straight away to Allah and offer two rakat salat (prayer) and never do it again intentionally.

Hadeeth On Good Deeds And Sin

"Verily Allah has recorded the good deeds and the evil deeds." Then he clarified that: "Whosoever intends to do a good deed but does not do it, Allah records it with Himself as a complete good deed; but if he intends it and does it, Allah records it with Himself as ten good deeds, up to seven hundred times, or more than that. But if he intends to do an evil deed and does not do it, Allah records it with Himself as a complete good deed; but if he intends it and does it, Allah records it down as one single evil deed."

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

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Hiding Ones Sins

As Muslims or even non-Muslims, we should not disclose someone else's mistakes, wrongdoings or secrets that were shared with us in confidence. Would you like it if you shared your personal information with someone and they shared it with people you know?

We keep our pin numbers and passwords secrets from other people, yet we share our personal life and sins with our friends. We fear that if other people know our pin numbers and passwords they may harm us in some way or another.

The way we live our lives, we have to try our best to keep confidentiality a priory. If we share everything with everyone, we will face consequences in this life and in the hereafter.

The Prophet (pbuh); 'If it is present in him, it would be backbiting, and if it is not present, it would be slander.'

The above hadith is referring to a person if he or she does have a defect and other people want to mock him or her for it, it is still not right do so because it is a sin.

With an individuals sins, it is best left unsaid and undercover. Below are some examples of major and minor sins that people share with their friends and family:

  • Zina (adultery)
  • Gambling
  • Making truth into lies (Slander)
  • Making up stories to get attention (Slander)
  • Boasting about something they did which was a sin, but they feel good about it
  • Sharing with other people bad things they said or did to another person in a bad way

The list is endless, but i hope you understand what the message is here inshaAllah.

Allah said (translated to mean in general), 'If a person conceals someone else's sins, then I will conceal that persons sins on the Day of Judgement. If a person reveals another persons sins with other people, then I will reveal that persons sins to other people on the Day of Judgement.'

This can be interpreted to mean that we should conceal what we have in our breasts (heart), and not inform anyone else about it. Only Allah knows what we, humans and jinn, conceal in our breasts.

We should try our utmost to keep our sins to our selves. If you mention your sins to someone you trust, they may go and tell someone else but say 'don't tell anyone, but...'. Trust people, but do not trust them more than Allah (subhana wa ta'la).

We hope and pray that on the Day of Judgement, Allah forgives all of our sins. Ameen.

Allah's Mercy

The Slip of the Tongue

Narrated Sahl bin Sa'd: Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever can guarantee (the
chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs
(i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I
guarantee Paradise for him." (Book #76,
Hadith #481)

It may be that because of our tongue and what is between our legs we may go to jahannam which is why we need to control it. One of the best ways i have found to keep my tongue busy is by doing dhikr as much as i can.

Sahih Bukhari Hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "There are two expressions which are
very easy for the tongue to say, but they are
very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they
are, 'Subhan Allah Al-'Azim and 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.'" (Book #75,
Hadith #415)

'Subhan Allahi wa bihamdihi' and 'Subhan Allah Al-Azim' is very light on the tongue yet heavy on the balance and they are words which are most dear to Allah (swt).

Why not do dhikr by reciting the above repetitively so that you keep your tongue wet with words that Allah (swt) holds most dear to Him and you earn rewards so that on the Day of Judgment your balance, Insha Allah, is heavy with good deeds.

It is very easy to get started and then keep going because as soon as you remember to do Dhikr you can start saying the words above. Your mind will be occupied with the Dhikr fo Allah too which will stop you from thinking of unnecessary things that may cause you to or move you towards sinning.

May Allah (swt) guide us all on to the straight path, ameen.

Only Allah has the authority to be worshipped
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    • Abhaque Supanjang profile image

      Abhaque Supanjang 

      2 years ago from Kumango - Batusangkar - Sumatera Barat - Indonesia

      It's good to read your hub, Gous...! Keep writing your idea on Islam and spread the insight to the world....!

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      5 years ago

      Hi , I did a very bad sin to a group of people some years back when I was younger but they didnt know it was me. I asked Allah for forgiveness and repented for my sins and never did it again. A person from that group wants to know who did it. I feel that i have done everything to ask Allah for forgiveness and have become a better person. Should I say anything or keep the sin between myself? I feel that I will loose my friends if I did and I will loose faith in my religion if I reveal it.

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      5 years ago

      this is really helpful thank you I'm going to be a better muslim now

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you all for your comments.

      It is true that people who share their bad evil deeds are talked about more nowadays and are seen as popular aswell. You will notice that good pious people are not talked about a lot in communities, this is probably because they keep quiet and do not backbite.

      May Allah guide us all.

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      8 years ago

      Another good hub. I really enjoy it as a muslim.

    • Zubair Ahmed profile image

      Zubair Ahmed 

      8 years ago

      ASA Brother G,

      Another nice hub. I say YES we should keep our sins to ourselves and only share with Allah when asking for forgiveness.

      These days too many of us share the glory details of our 'bad' side or 'activities' making it public is a sin in itself.

      By sharing a sin you are simply inviting others to try.

      All the best

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      8 years ago from Happy Land

      Salam alekom we rahmat Allah we barkato ,Thanks for sharing this amazing hub with all of this wonderful information about Islam , may Allah bless you and eveyone reading this great hub, thank you again

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      8 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you pintails for your kind words. May Allah forgive us all and guide in the right path.

      Take care brother.

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      9 years ago from Memphis TN

      Great hub. I was very glad to have read it. I do not spend much time here on hubpages any more, but I get updates and I am glad I do continue to get them so I do not miss great hubs such as this. Mashaa Allah brother, keep up the good work. May Allah bless you for your deeds and erase your sins.


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