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I realize that studying sorcery or consulting a soothsayer is unlawful, but I am confused as to whether or not someone who knew these practices would be able to become a Muslim. I am under the impression that anyone who says shahada and truly means it can become Muslim, but does certain knowledge forbid one entry into Allah's path?

I am looking for Qur'anic verses or hadiths that can help answer the question.

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    basically everyone can become Muslim - for example every juman being is accompanied by a Shaytaan, yet the Shaytaan accompanying our Prophet (SAWS+PBUH) became Muslim (with the help of Allah).
    – Yahia
    Aug 12 '13 at 15:42
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    Another example: As it contained in Quran the magicians which where brought by Pharao to fight with Musa (A.S) became Muslim which lead to being crucified by Pharao...
    – Yahia
    Aug 13 '13 at 3:14
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Quran is very clear on this subject. The only sin that will no be forgiven on the day of Judgment will be Shirk (Knowingly associating partners with Allah). All other sins are pardonable.

This world is made for a test and if a person, no matter what his sins, repents and comes on the right path, he should be hopeful, that Allah will Forgive his sins.

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