Hadith on Tawbah: Is there any hope for our repentance?

Ibn Abbas reported: Some people among the idolaters had committed many acts of murder and adultery. They came to Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and they said, “What you call to is good, but tell us what we can do as an expiation?” Then, the verse was revealed, “Those who do not call upon another god besides Allah, who do not kill a soul Allah has sanctified except for a just cause, and who do not commit adultery; whoever does so will meet a penalty. Punishment will be multiplied for him on the Day of Resurrection and he will be humiliated therein, except for those who repent, have faith, and do good deeds. For those, Allah will replace their evil deeds with good deeds.” (25:68-70). And the verse was revealed, “Say to My servants who have transgressed against themselves: Do not despair of the mercy of Allah.” (39:53)

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 4532

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا أَنَّ نَاسًا مِنْ أَهْلِ الشِّرْكِ كَانُوا قَدْ قَتَلُوا وَأَكْثَرُوا وَزَنَوْا وَأَكْثَرُوا فَأَتَوْا مُحَمَّدًا صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالُوا إِنَّ الَّذِي تَقُولُ وَتَدْعُو إِلَيْهِ لَحَسَنٌ لَوْ تُخْبِرُنَا أَنَّ لِمَا عَمِلْنَا كَفَّارَةً فَنَزَلَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَٰهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَٰلِكَ يَلْقَ أَثَامًا يُضَاعَفْ لَهُ الْعَذَابُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَيَخْلُدْ فِيهِ مُهَانًا إِلَّا مَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا فَأُولَٰئِكَ يُبَدِّلُ اللَّهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ حَسَنَاتٍ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ غَفُورًا رَّحِيمًا وَنَزَلَتْ قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ

4532 صحيح البخاري كتاب تفسير القرآن سورة الزمر باب قوله يا عبادي الذين أسرفوا على أنفسهم لا تقنطوا من رحمة الله إن الله يغفر الذنوب جميعا