For example, a person committed tawbah for shirk, repented never to return to it, but at the same time he commits other sins. (Listening to music, watching movies, committing adultery) Would his tauba be valid?

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Yes. Al-Nawawi said:

Tawbah will still be valid even if you were persistent on other evildeeds, as Ulama explained, so if someone steals and commits adultery, him being persistent on adultery does not affect his tubah from stealing and vice versa

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Most of Ulama agree on this view (See Ibn Qayyim in Madarij Al-salikin). Also See Al-Qurtubi's Tafsir for An-Nissa:17:

Tubah is valid with having another sin of a different nature, unlike what Mu'tazilites think: you can't have tubah when you have a sin.

  • Sorry for the possibly dumb question, it's just this topic that's been bothering me and my cousin. He was an ethnic Muslim almost all his life. Previously, he believed in zodiac signs and even for fun quoted a passage from the Bible that he remembered from the movie Pulp Fiction. I will not hide, we quite often watch movies that sometimes have elements of shirk and kufr in them. Would watching these movies not violate his tauba, provided that we do not believe in what we are shown? Again, sorry for the stupid question, but unfortunately I have no one else to ask.
    – user55703
    Nov 11, 2023 at 16:39
  • No, it won't, as long as he no longer possesses faith in the kind of shurk (like zodiac signs) he watches. Nov 11, 2023 at 23:06

Note: Listening to music, watching movies cannot be considered as sin, it depends on type of music or movies you hear or watch.

It is human nature to incline towards sins and best of sinners are those who repent.

Anas (RAA) narrated that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: “All the sons of Adam are sinners, but the best of sinners are those who repent often.” Related by At·Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah with a strong chain of narrators. https://sunnah.com/bulugh/16/41

Sinning doesn't necessarily mean doing forbidden acts like theft, adultary but also include not worshiping enough. It is said that if we count the blessings of Allah it is not countable.

And if you should count the favors of Allāh, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allāh is Forgiving and Merciful. Quran 16:18

So how much we worship Allah it is not sufficient. So we need to continue to do tawbah (seek forgiveness).

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: "By Allah, I seek the forgiveness of Allah, and repent to Him more than seventy times in a day. https://sunnah.com/hisn:248

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