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I stole an iPod; will Allah forgive me?

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ok im 14 yrs old and i stole 2 ipod in my life before.

like last year, one of the ipods someone stole from me and the other one i switched my brother. my brother gave it to my othr brother and he wont give it to me. i found out my brother stole it and i stole it back. will Allah forgive me for my stealing?

im hoping to find the girl and give it back asap and the other one. i heard if you ask the person for forgiveness your ok but inshaa Allah when i start working i will find her and send her a ipod.

but i cant tell my mom cuz she willl really kick me out of the house so i had to lie.


- Muslimah26

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  1. As Salamualaikum,

    🙂 my sister, I had to smile after reading your post. Not because you did right, but because you intend to repair the wrong done.

    Stealing is certainly a sin, and after the conditions have been fulfilled, Islam prescribes that the hand be cut off. This is so that no one dares to steal anything from anyone.
    But don't worry, you are young and you were unaware. But keep it in mind that you should never repeat it in your life. You should suffice yourself with what Allah Has Given. Because He Gives whatever is enough for us. And when He does not give, He either tests us, or it is something that is not good for us.

    You also lied. Islam does not approve it. Allah does not like it. So, repent to Allah and avoid lying in the future.

    What you can do is that you can return the iPod to whoever it belongs, if you still have it, and say sorry. If it is not possible, then go to that person and say sorry, and say that insha Allah, you'll return it when you are able to.

    For your sin, know that Allah Is The Oft Forgiving and The Most Merciful. He Will forgive you insha Allah. Just make sure that you do not repeat the theft again.

    Muhammad Waseem Editor

  2. Salaams,

    I am a little confused about what you said in the first part. You said you "stole back" the ipod your brother stole from you. What I am unclear about is, is this your EXACT ipod, that belonged to you before he took it (by the way, are you sure he intended to "steal" it, and didn't think he was just borrowing it)? If it was in fact your ipod, and you just obtained it back from him, you can't steal what is already yours.

    However, if he had an ipod of his own, and you took HIS ipod to equal out him taking your ipod, then that is wrong. He should return your ipod to you if he still has it. If he no longer has it, it would be right for him to replace it.

    As far as stealing the other sister's ipod: if you really want to repent and be forgiven (Allah does forgive all sins upon sincere repentence), then you have to return the item to that sister and ask for forgiveness. I'm sure she's already noted it's missing by now, and realizes someone has stolen it. Your humility will go farther in this case than trying to "sneak it back" to her without having to admit that it was you who took it.

    I will tell you a true story. Earlier this year my oldest son (who is about your age) was on a basketball league, and he had an ipod 4 he took to practices. One day, he came back from practice saying that he could not find his ipod and presumed it had been stolen. His ipod was synced to icloud, and when we looked on his iphone all his contacts were changed, all the settings, etc. There were new contacts listed who helped us track down the thief and get the ipod back. It turned out that a girl he knew had stolen it because she had broken her own ipod, and her parents had not bothered to replace it. She lied to her parents about where she got it from but when the truth came out (as I had called them since their number was in the new contact list of his phone) she was humiliated at what she had done. Everything worked out in the end, but the one who paid the worst price was the girl who did the theft. Plus, since those apple devices now sync with each other and through icloud, chances are someone knows where to find you and the ipod (most come standard with location services). You have more to lose than to gain by trying to take the cowards way out.

    Little brother, face your shame and take responsibility for this sin. Go back to the sister and give back her ipod, and ask her to forgive you. She will probably be mad at you, but that's understandable, isn't it? Weren't you angry at your brother for taking your own ipod and not giving it back to you, so much that you had to go get it yourself? And, while we are discussing that, if you did take HIS ipod (and not the original one of yours that he took) then you need to go back and give it to him as well with an explanation why, and ask him to replace yours or return it to make all wrongs right.

    -Amy Editor

    • I missed that point. Thanks sister Amy.

      Muhammad Waseem Editor

    • Wow,. Amy, what an incredibly humiliating experience for that girl who stole your son's iPod. I'll bet she learned her lesson, though.

      I was just reading about this new phenomenon of people being able to track computer and phone thieves by their activity. Thieves, beware!

      I also read that in a poll of younger people, a relatively large percentage said that they would rather lose a finger of one hand than lose their phone. People are placing these devices above their own sense of morality, their friends and family, and even their own bodies. Astaghfirullah.

      Like Amy, I couldn't figure out who stole what from whom in the above post. It sounds like a convention of thieves. However, as Waseem and Amy said, do a sincere tawbah, and return any property that is not rightfully yours.

      Wael Editor

    • OOOPS!! I just realized this was a female poster. Forgive me, I should've said "little sister".

      -Amy Editor

    • Amy, only a mum with a 14 yr old could understand who stole what from who? i read it three times but still didnt get it! who stole whos? 🙂

  3. As-Salamu 'Alaikum!

    NEVER LOSE HOPE IN ALLAH!: You're in pretty good luck! Say: Alhamdulillah! Just read this verse:

    قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

    Translation: "Say (on My behalf),: O servants of Mine who have acted recklessly against their own selves, do not despair of Allah‘s Mercy. Surely, Allah will forgive ALL sins. Surely, He is the One who is the Most-Forgiving, the Very-Merciful." [Surah Zumar, 39:53]

    And there's also a verse in Ali-Imran (03:135), where Allah ('Azza wa Jal) describes the Pious as people who, when they commit really bad SINS, without any 2nd thought, they Remember Allah, then they seek His Forgiveness and Allah tells you: "and who is there to forgive sins except Allah?" and that those Pious, God-Conscious People keep themselves away from doing the same SIN knowingly......

    (1) Ask Allah for forgiveness and make a sincere intention that you will never steal or LIE. Never wash that guilty feeling you have now, it's a road to your Jannah! Use it to ask forgiveness. InshaAllah, Allah will forgive you.
    (2) But if, by any unlucky, unwanted chance, you commit that sin again...DON'T LOSE HOPE IN ALLAH'S MERCY AND FEAR HIS PUNISHMENT! Again you should go back to point (1) and always try your best to stay away from stealing and lying.
    (3) Your Sins are NEVER greater than ALLAH'S MERCY!
    (4) Sorry, I don't know about "i heard if you ask the person for forgiveness your ok but inshaa Allah when i start working i will find her and send her a ipod." But inshaAllah I'll try to find the Answer to your question. Just be patient! 🙂

    In the mean time you can ask the Question to this e-mail: (email deleted by the Editor) May Allah Hep Us All! Ameen.

  4. muslima26,

    although you did wrong but i am pleased to see you have realised that you have done wrong and you want to correct it. you are a good person inside , i guess you just did a mistake.

    ask for Allah's forgiveness, try your best to mend your mistake and never to do this again .try your best to be the good person you are and never let shaytan take the good in you ( or shall i say never let shaytan steal the good in you!).

  5. i have been stealing from a shop and i got caught and i he said that i am not allowed in the shop ever again and i said to him that please forgive but he said no and also said that if i meet his boss then they will see the cctv camera's and make a decision i am 12 years old and i have asked for forgiveness from allah and will not repeat the sin please help what can i do.

    please help

    • Assalamu'alaikum,

      Yes, Islam forbids stealing and it is Haraam. You should never repeat this act in your life, because Allah does not like it; and your return is to Him, who will Take into account every deed.

      You did tawbah, that was important. Stealing has to do with the rights of the servants, apart from the rights of The Creator, so saying sorry to the people who that belonged to was also due. Alhamdulillah, you have done that also.

      Now, keep away from that store for a while until they forget the incident. Go to another store or ask someone else to do the shopping.

      And brother, have a smile on your face. You are a Muslim and your Lord Is Allah. You have what many people don't. You have the Lord's Love and His Guidance - Islam. Learn the deen and grow as a good Muslim, in sha Allah, when people see your good, they will forget the bad. Pray all 5 prayers in their time and work on improving your relationship with Allah.

      If you want further advise on this or something else, post your question separately after you register and login to our website.

      Abu Abdul Bari Editor

      • thank you,but can you tell me how long i nead to stay from the store.

        • If the owner wants you to stay away, then stay away. I'm sure there are other stores in your area that you can use. Maybe in a year or so you could visit the owner and take a small gift, and ask to be allowed to visit the store again. But if he says no (as he probably will) then you should respect that.


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