Person not embracing Islam due to a sin he is involved

Q: Can a person convert to Islam if he is continuing in sinning? For example he says that he will commit zina with this girlfriend. And he won't break up and leave her alone after their marriage. However he will not commit kufr or shirk ever again neither minor or major nor will he do any other things and he will follow all the laws of Islam except he will Zina... And he says his shahada despite wanting to continue his relationship. Is his Islam accepted or denied?

A: He should embrace Islam and not delay on account of the sins he is involved in. After embracing Islam, he should continue to make taubah for the sins, associate with the pious servants of Allah Ta'ala and make a concerted effort to reform his life.

However, it is important for him to be told that it is not right for him to make these types of conditions before embracing Islam. Rather, he should embrace Islam with the hope of leaving out these sins and reforming his life.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)