Am I Allowed to Talk about Past Sins to People Who Already Know?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I know we should not reveal our sins to people, but if my friends already know about them, then am I able to talk about them in general-not boasting-even after I repent from them?


One should never share or talk about one’s past sins. One can say I have committed wrongs in the past, from which I have repented if need be. Sins are like a staircase; one goes up with repentance and looks back down with lowliness and humility.

I advise you to keep your sins to yourself, repent them, and move forward into a new fresh life.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “All the children of Adam are sinful, and the best of sinners are those who repent.” [Tirmidhi; Ahmad]

Please read the link below, too.
Are There Valid Reasons to Reveal Sins? – SeekersGuidance

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.