Intentionally committing a sin, thus preventing the acceptance of Tawbah

Q: I am a fifty-nine year old man. I was terrified when I heard the Words of Allah (Exalted be He) saying (what means): Allâh accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they whom Allâh will forgive and Allâh is Ever All-Knower, All-Wise. And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says: "Now I repent;" does committing a sin while knowing that it is a sin preclude Tawbah (repentance to Allah)? Please advise me and may Allah bless you!

A: Commission of sin while knowing that it is a sin does not preclude Tawbah. The conditions for Tawbah are three: giving up the sin, feeling regret for having committed it, and resolving never to return to it. (Part No. 24; Page No. 309) If the sin involves a violation of someone’s right, it is obligatory that it be returned or their forgiveness sought. To conclude, anyone who disobeys Allah is ignorant.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.