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70 Major Sins

70 Major Sins

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70 Major Sins
The major sins are those acts which have been forbidden by Allah in the Quran andby His Messenger (SAW) in the Sunnah (practise of the Prophet), and which havebeen made clear by the actions of of the first righteous generation of Muslims, theCompanions of the Prophet (SAW).Allah Most High says in His Glorious Book:
If you avoid the major (part) of what you have been forbidden (to do), Wewill cancel out for you your (other) evil deeds and will admit you (toParadise) with a noble entry. (al-Nisa 4:31)
Thus by this verse, Allah Most High has guaranteed the Garden of Paradise to thosewho avoid the major sins. And Allah Most High also says:
Those who avoid the greatest of sins and indecencies, and forgive whenthey are angry (al-Shra 42:37) Those who avoid the greatest sins andindecencies, except for oversights, (will find that) surely your Lord is amplein forgiveness. (Al-Najm 53:32)
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "The five [daily] prayers, Friday to Friday, andRamadan to Ramadan make atonement for what has happened since the previousone when major sins have been avoided." It is therefore very important to determineexactly what the greatest vices, technically called "the major sins" (Kaba'ir), are, inorder that Muslims should avoid them.There is some difference of opinion among scholars in this regard. Some say thesemajor sins are seven, and in support of their position they quote the tradition: "Avoidthe seven noxious things"- and after having said this, the propeht (SAW) mentionedthem: "associating anything with Allah; magic; killing one whom Allah has declaredinviolate without a just case, consuming the property of an orphan, devouring usury,turning back when the army advances, and slandering chaste women who arebelievers but indiscreet." (Bukhari and Muslim)'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas said: "Seventy is closer to their number than seven," and indeedthat is correct. The above tradition does not limit the major sins to those mentionedin it. Rather, it points to the type of sins which fall into the category of "major." Theseinclude those crimes which call for a prescribed punishment (HADD; plural, HUDUD),such as theft, fornication or adultery (ZINA), and murder; those prohibited acts forwhich a warning of a severe punishment in the Next is given in the Qur'an or thetradition; and also those deeds which are cursed by our Prophet (SAW). These are allmajor sins.Of course, there is a gradation among them, since some are more serious thanothers. We see that the Prophet (SAW) has included SHIRK (associating someone orsomething with Allah) among them, and from the text of the Qur'an we know that aperson who commits SHIRK will not his sin be forgiven and will remain in Hellforever.Allah Most High says:
Surely, Allah does not forgive associating anything with Him, and Heforgives whatever is other than that to whomever He wills. (al-Nisa 4:48and 116)01. Associating anything with Allah02. Murder03. Practising magic04. Not Praying05. Not paying Zakat06. Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse07. Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so08. Disrespect to parents09. Abandoning relatives10. Fornication and Adultery11. Homosexuality(sodomy)12. Interest(Riba)13. Wrongfully consuming the property of an orphan14. Lying about Allah and His Messenger15. Running away from the battlefield16. A leader's deceiving his people and being unjust to them17. Pride and arrogance18. Bearing false witness19. Drinking Khamr (wine)20. Gambling21. Slandering chaste women22. Stealing from the spoils of war23. Stealing24. Highway Robbery25. Taking false oath26. Oppression27. Illegal gain28. Consuming wealth acquired unlawfully29. Committing suicide30. Frequent lying31. Judging unjustly32. Giving and Accepting bribes33. Woman's imitating man and man's imitating woman34. Being cuckold35. Marrying a divorced woman in order to make her lawful for the husband36. Not protecting oneself from urine37. Showing-off 38. Learning knowledge of the religion for the sake of this world andconcealing that knowledge39. Bertrayal of trust40. Recounting favours41. Denying Allah's Decree42. Listening (to) people's private conversations43. Carrying tales44. Cursing45. Breaking contracts46. Believing in fortune-tellers and astrologers47. A woman's bad conduct towards her husband

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