Is It Valid to Repent Only out of Fear of Going to Hell?

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Do angels have desires to sin but are kept safe from carrying out sins because of Divine Protection or do they have no desire to sin in the first place?

Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

The relied upon position among Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jamaah is that angels are naturally disposed to obey Allah and that they cannot sin. [Nibras, Farhari] ‘They do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.’ [6:66]

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Farid Dingle

Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.

In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed.

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