Taken from “Tayseerul-Kareemir-Rahmaan fee tafseer Kalaamil-Mannaan” of Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as-Sa‟dee.
[Meaning: And no soul shall bear the burden of sin of another, and if a soul heavily laden with sin calls someone else to bear its sins, nothing of it will be lifted even though he be near of kin.][Sooratul-Faatir (35): Ayah 18]
Shaikh `Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as-Sa‟dee- rahimahullaah-said in his Tafseer of the Aayah: “And the last meaning is indicated by what He mentioned after it, in His Saying:
[Meaning: And no soul shall bear the burden of sin of another], meaning: on the Day of Resurrection everyone shall be recompensed for his own deeds, and no one shall carry the sins of anyone else.
[Meaning: And if a soul heavily laden with sin calls someone else to bear its sins]: i.e. a soul weighed down with sins and evil deeds: if it calls on someone to take on some of its sins,
[Meaning: Then nothing from it will be carried, even if the one asked were a close relative], for sins cannot be carried (even) for a close relative. So the Hereafter is not the same as this world, where relatives can help each other, and close friends. Rather on the Day of Resurrection a person will wish that he had some right due to him from anyone, even if it be his parents or his close relatives.”
[Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank -rahimahullaah]