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Sins

Sins (Ma‘siyah)

Major Sins

Hadrat Safwan bin ‘Assaal narrated how, when a Jew said to his friend, “Let us go to this Prophet,” his friend said to him, “Don’t say ‘Prophet’, for if he heard you, he would be greatly pleased.” They went to Allah’s Prophetic Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) and asked him about nine clear signs. Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “Do not associate anything with Allah (in worshipping Him), do not steal, do not commit fornication, do not kill anyone who Allah has declared inviolate without a just cause (according to Islamic law), do not bring an innocent person before a ruler in order that he may put him to death, do not use magic, do not devour usury, do not slander a chaste woman, do not turn in flight on the day the army marches, and, a matter which affects you Jews particularly, do not break the Sabbath.” When he said that, they kissed his hands and feet saying, “We testify that you are Prophet.” He asked, “What prevents you from following me?” ….. to which they replied, “David (Nabi Dawud ‘Alayhissalam) prayed to his Lord that prophets might never cease to arise from his offspring, and we are afraid that if we follow you, the Jews will kill us.” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and Nasa’i)

Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) as saying, “When one commits fornication, he is not a believer; when one steals, he is not a believer; when one drinks wine, he is not a believer; when one take plunder on account of which men raise their eyes at him, he is not a believer; and when one of you defrauds, he is not a believer; so beware, beware!" (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hadrat Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “Do not associate any partners with Allah (in worshipping Him) on pain of being cut to pieces or being consigned to fire, and do not deliberately give up obligatory Prayers for he who deliberately gives up obligatory Prayers goes out of the bounds of Islam, and do not drink, for drinking is the root of all evil.” (Ibn Majah)

Narrated Hadrat Mughira (may Allah be pleased with him): Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) has forbidden disobedience and harassment of your mothers, burying alive infant daughters, miserliness and beggary and He has disfavoured disputations, excessive asking and wastage of goods.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Hypocrisy

Hadrat Mahmud bin Labid (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) as saying, “The thing I fear most for you is the lesser polytheism.” He was asked what the lesser polytheism was and he replied that it was hypocrisy. (Ahmad)

Narrated Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him): Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “On the Day of Judgement you will find the worst people among double-faced hypocrites.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Mischief-making

Hadrat Hudhayfah reported Allah's Messenger (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) as saying: A mischief-maker will not enter Paradise. (Abu Dawud)

Back-biting and calumny

Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was asked: Ya RasulAllah! What is back-biting? He replied: It is saying something about your brother which he would dislike. He was asked again: Tell me how the matter stands if what I say about my brother is true? He replied: If what you say of him is true, you have been back-biting him, and if what you say of him is not true, you have heaped calumny on him.” (Abu Dawud)

Causing enmity between friends

Narrated Hadrat Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) once passed by two graves and said, “These two persons are being tortured not for a major sin (to be avoided). One of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine, while the other used to go about with calumnies (to make enmity between friends).” The Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) then took a green leaf of a date-palm tree, split it into (pieces) and fixed one on each grave. They said, “O Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him)! Why have you done so?” He replied, “I hope that their punishment might be lessened till these (the pieces of the leaf) become dry.” (Bukhari)

Envy

Narrated Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him): Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “Keep away from envy, for as fire burns wood, so does envy consume good action.” (Abu Dawud)

Foul Speech

Narrated Hadrat Ibn Mas‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him): Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “A believer neither taunts, nor curses, nor speaks foul nor is garrulous.” (Tirmidhi, Bayhaqi)

Praising Evid-doers

Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “When an evil doer is praised, it invites the displeasure of Allah and the heavens shudder.” (Bayhaqi)

Inciting animals to fight

Hadrat Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that Allah's Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) forbid inciting animals to fight with one another. (Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

Do not disclose your evil deeds

Narrated Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him): I heard Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) saying, “All the sins of my followers will be forgiven except those who commit a sin openly or disclose their sins to the people. An example of such disclosure is that a person commits a sin at night and though Allah (The Glorified and The Exalted) screens it from the public, then he comes in the morning and says, ‘O so-and-so, I did such-and-such (an evil) deed yesterday,’ though he spent his night screened by his Lord (none knowing about his sin). And in the morning, he removes Allah’s screen from himself.” (Bukhari)

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