Erasing filthy posts is necessary even if your account remains inactive

‎بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

◾Erasing filthy posts is necessary even if your account remains inactive◾

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him – was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

I used to have a Twitter account where I used to follow profiles of friends who would send me indecent clips. After Allah guiding me, I forgot the login details for my account. Would I still be accumulating sins due to this?

📝 Answer:

You must seek repentance and ask Allah for forgiveness. Likewise, you must try and remember your login details in order to delete what remains on your profile, because leaving it there is not permissible; it could be a cause of misguidance for many others.

But if you can’t remember (the login details) then you are excused due to forgetfulness.

(as Allah said)
{ربنا لا تؤاخذنا إن نسينا أو أخطأنا}
“Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error”

With repentance, Allah forgives what preceded of sins.

As Allah ﷻ said:
{إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا}
“Except those who repent, and believe and do righteous deeds, for those, Allah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”

Translated by:
Abu Ibrahim Nassir bin Rashid Al-maamry

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