If I did something bad, like write a bad book, but then asked Allah to forgive me, am I responsible if other people keep reading that afterwards?

Short Answer

If you are able to put a stop to the spread of that book then you must, but if you cannot like if people keep making copies without your permission or you have sold the rights to the book, then you are not responsible for that. Allah does not hold anyone accountable beyond their capacity.

Reason for Asking the Question

The Prophet mentioned that if someone does good that people continue to benefit from, the person keeps getting reward when others benefit. So the questioner wonders if the opposite is also the case.

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Shaykh Mustafa Umar