Fulfilling the rights of people

Q: Despite being very careful and conscious with fellow humans that I don’t hurt anybody in anyway but still I feel guilt and look for instances in my past where I might have hurt somebody with my hand or tongue but there are always shortcomings intentional or unintentional.

My question is what if we did wrong to somebody in the past and don’t recall who it was or if it was minor or major. For example, abusing out of anger if someone hit your car what will be the punishment or how to repent to Allah Ta'ala as I read that Allah Ta'ala will not forgive such and such violations of huqooqul ibaad. These thoughts are disturbing me and it's becoming hard for me to be a productive Muslim because of these distressing thoughts that I will burn in hell whatever good I do.

Even though there were many examples where people did wrong to me but I didn't take any action rather let them go. I must have done bad deeds too but not too sure when and where. I feel distressed and hopeless trying to be so perfect where people don’t even bother much and they are still happier.

Moreover I start to fear death at times and what will happen after that etc and my mood is depressed a lot of times please suggest me what should I recite and hope for the mercy of Allah.

A: Where you remember then ask the person for a maaf and compensate him, and if you don't remember then you may make dua for that person and if it is something to do with money then give an equivalent amount in charity on behalf of him.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)