Q: Sixty years ago,
a man was involved in the murder of a person to avenge his paternal uncle's murder.
He was young and reckless at the time. (Part No. 21; Page No. 268) He committed such an act influenced by some people who kept blaming and scorning him for not avenging his uncle's death. Accordingly, he rushed into this act and was imprisoned for three years along with others after paying the due Diyah (blood money). Afterward, he willingly spent five years away from his homeland for fear of revenge. Now he wants to repent to Allah (Glorified be He) and requests a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) on what is to be done with respect to Allah's judgment of this act, since he has already fulfilled the individual's rights about sixty years ago. Therefore, we ask Allah that you, or any other competent authority will provide us with a Fatwa in this regard. As-Salamu `Alaykum (Peace be upon you).
All that you have to do is to repent to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) for the premeditated murder. You are not obliged to pay Kaffarah (expiation), for it is not obligatory in this case according to the strongest opinion of scholars' rulings.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.