Angel Delays Writing the Sin for Six Hours
Fatwa No: 412693

  • Fatwa Date:9-2-2020 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 15, 1441
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Question

Salam aleikum ..
There is a hadith /hadiths about that if one makes tauba within 6 hours of making a sin that angels dont write down the sin.. is that a saheeh hadith or not ?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

At-Tabaraani in Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabeer and Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab Al-Eemaan reported from Abu Umaamah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The angel on the left-hand side (who records sins) holds up his pen (refrains from writing down) for six hours after a Muslim commits a sin. If the person regrets it and asks Allah for forgiveness, he casts it aside (does not write it down); otherwise, it is written down as one (bad deed).

Shaykh Al-Albaani classified it as Hasan in Saheeh Al-Jaami’ As-Sagheer, and he quoted it in As-Silsilah As-Saheehah.

Allah knows best.

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