If a person has an illegitimate relationship with a person from the opposite gender and marries him/her afterwards, will the degree of the haram deed be lessened? If a person repents after marrying, will his sins be forgiven?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Firstly, the approach "Allah will forgive anyway" while committing a sin is wrong. It will be deadly wrong to plan a sin with that approach. Allah knows what is in the hearts. It is necessary to act sincerely toward Him. However, a person who commits a sin by obeying his soul can expect to be forgiven by Allah if he is really regretful.

It is not enough for a person who has an illegitimate relationship with a person from the opposite gender to marry him/her for his sin to be forgiven. It is also necessary to repent, and to ask for forgiveness from the person if violation of rights is in question. A sin is committed once and it is recorded as a sin once. If that sin is not forgiven, it is recorded as a sin.

If a person repents, only Allah knows if his/her sin will be forgiven or not. Marrying a person after having an illegitimate relationship with him/her will not lessen the degree of the haram deed.

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