I Regret Lying Through A Fake Account. What Do I Do?

Question:

Assalamu ‘alaykum.

I made a fake account, lied, and hurt someone’s feelings. Now they know, and I feel bad. What can I do?

Answer:

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

You should turn back to Allah and ask forgiveness for lying. The guilt you feel is a blessing because it will remind you of this in the future and prevent you from falling into it again, insha’Allah.

As for the people you hurt, when they have calmed down, apologize to them and see if they will forgive you. If they do not, do some regular good deeds and ask Allah to reward them to those people. Perhaps, it will inspire them to forgive you on the Day of Judgement.

Do your best to speak the truth and to be honest. It leads one to Paradise. Lying leads one away from it.

May Allah make us of those realized in being true.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.