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  • Sunday, July 26, 2009

    Just a Little Reminder InshAllah

    Asalaam walikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu everyone!

    I thought this would be of some use to everyone since we all tend to forget things at times, so lets refresh our memories or learn something new which is vital to our knowledge of being noble Muslim. And what way can we attain the label of being a noble Muslim? By educating ourselves and putting what we learned into practice, so lets start of with the basics: Sins. Avoiding sins are major responsibility of the Muslims, minor and major. But one is able to avoid the major sins then avoiding the minor should follow through. So here's a article discussing major sins which I believe a lot of us are not aware.

    A Muslim should steer clear of all sins, major and minor ones. A faithful Muslim takes care of every utterance or deed, avoiding anything that makes him subject to the punishment of Allah and His Wrath.

    The major sins are those acts which have been forbidden by Allah in the Qur’an and by His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) in the Sunnah , and which have been made clear by the actions of the first righteous generation of Muslims, the Companions of the Prophet. Allah Almighty says: "If you avoid the major (part) of what you have been forbidden (to do), We will cancel out for you your (other) evil deeds and will admit you (to Paradise) with a noble entry." (An-Nisaa’:31)

    In this verse, Allah Almighty has guaranteed the Garden of Paradise to those who avoid the major sins. And Allah Almighty also says: "Those who avoid the greatest of sins and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry" (Ash-Shura: 37) and "Those who avoid the greatest sins and indecencies, except for oversights, (will find that) surely your Lord is ample in forgiveness." (An-Najm: 32)

    The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The five (daily) Prayers, Friday to Friday and Ramadan to Ramadan, make atonement for what has happened since the previous one, as long as major sins have been avoided." It is therefore very important to determine exactly what the greatest vices, technically called "the major sins" (kaba’ir), are in order that Muslims should avoid them.

    There is some difference of opinion among scholars in this regard. Some say these major sins are seven, and in support of their position they quote the hadith: "Avoid the seven noxious things: associating anything with Allah, magic, killing one whom Allah has declared inviolate without a just cause, consuming the property of an orphan, devouring riba (interest), turning back when the army advances, and slandering chaste women who are believers but indiscreet." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

    `Abdullah ibn `Abbas said: "Seventy is closer to their number than seven," and indeed that is correct. The above hadith does not limit the major sins to those mentioned in it. Rather, it points to the type of sins which fall into the category of major. These include those crimes which call for a prescribed punishment (hadd), such as theft, fornication or adultery, and murder; those prohibited acts for which a warning of a severe punishment in the Hereafter is given in the Qur'an or the Sunnah; and also those deeds which are cursed by our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). These are all major sins.

    Of course, there is a gradation among them, since some are more serious than others. We see that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has included shirk (associating someone or something with Allah) among them, and from the text of the Qur'an we know that a person who commits shirk will not be forgiven and will remain in Hell forever. Allah Most High says: "Surely, Allah does not forgive associating anything with Him, and He forgives whatever is other than that to whomever He wills." (An-Nisaa': 48)
    The Major Sins

    1. Associating anything with Allah

    2. Murder

    3. Practicing magic

    4. Abandoning salah (ritual Prayer)

    5. Not paying zakah

    6. Not fasting during the month of Ramadan without excuse

    7. Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so

    8. Showing disrespect to parents

    9. Severing relations with relatives

    10. Committing adultery

    11. Committing sodomy

    12. Dealing in riba (interest)

    13. Wrongfully consuming the property of an orphan

    14. Lying about Allah or His Messenger

    15. Running away from the battlefield

    16. Deceiving the people that one rules and being unjust to them

    17. Being proud and arrogant

    18. Bearing false witness

    19. Drinking alcohol

    20. Gambling

    21. Falsely accusing chaste women (i.e. of committing fornication or adultery)

    22. Stealing from the spoils of war

    23. Stealing

    24. Committing highway robbery

    25. Making false oath

    26. Committing oppression

    27. Earning ill-gotten gain.

    28. Consuming what is unlawful.

    29. Committing suicide

    30. Lying frequently

    31. Judging unjustly

    32. Giving and accepting a bribe

    33. Imitating the opposite sex (in dress, behavior, and the like)

    34. Allowing one’s wife, daughters, etc. to display their beauty to men or conduct illicit sexual relations

    35. Marrying a divorced woman in order to make her lawful for her ex-husband to remarry her after he irrevocably divorced her

    36. Not protecting oneself or one's clothes from being contaminated with urine or excrement.

    37. Showing off

    38. Learning knowledge of the religion for the sake of this world and withholding that knowledge (i.e., not teaching people)

    39. Betraying a trust

    40. Recounting favors

    41. Denying Allah's Decree

    42. Listening to people's private conversations

    43. Carrying gossip

    44. Swearing

    45. Breaking contracts

    46. Believing in fortune-tellers

    47. Behaving badly towards one’s husband

    48. Making statues

    49. Lamenting, wailing, tearing the clothing, and doing other things of this sort when an affliction falls

    50. Treating others wrongfully

    51. Treating one’s wife, servant, the weak, and animals badly

    52. Offending one's neighbor

    53. Offending and abusing Muslims

    54. Offending people and having an arrogant attitude toward them

    55. Trailing one's garment in pride

    56. Wearing silk and gold (this is for men only)

    57. Running away from one’s master (this is for slaves)

    58. Slaughtering an animal that has been dedicated to anyone other than Allah

    59. To knowingly ascribe one's paternity to a man other than one's biological father

    60. Arguing and disputing violently

    61. Withholding excess water

    62. Giving short weight or measure

    63. Feeling secure from Allah's Plan

    64. Offending pious people

    65. Not praying in congregation but praying alone without an excuse

    66. Persistently missing Friday Prayer without any excuse

    67. Usurping the rights of the heir through bequests (to others)

    68. Deceiving and plotting evil

    69. Spying for the enemy of the Muslims against Muslim's interest

    70. Cursing or insulting any of the Companions of the Prophet


    So inshAllah lets try to stay clear of these, and if we have fallen into such acts lets make sure to redeem ourselves with constant repentance and to stay clear from any acts which leads to such sins. For anything that leads to such acts is haram in itself.

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