Major sins Muslims should refrain from

In our ignorance, we as Muslims, commit many sins in our life. However it is important to learn what are major sins and what are minor sins. If a person engages in any of the major sin, surely he cannot be called a true believer and he, as a Muslim will loose his precious place in Paradise. The Holy Quran 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. (al-Nisa 4:31) Allah has promised harsh punishments in this world as well as the Hereafter, for those who engross themselves in major crimes. Therefore, Muslims have been admonished to save themselves from falling prey to the following greatest sins.

  • Committing Shirk i.e. attributing partners with Allah will never be condoned in Islam. He leaves the concept of oneness of Allah in oblivion. When a person is suspicious that something might not hurt him or cause him any other damage he starts to seek ways to get rid of it, by sometimes praying it and sometimes praying others against it. This shows the weakness of imaan in an individual.
  • In today’s world, although blasphemy is not thought of as even a minor sin, to revive to it to you it is one of the biggest sins. So called Muslims involved in denigrating Islam and Holy prophet (S.A.W.) have been perished completely. History is overwhelmed with examples of such people and how Allah’s wrath enveloped them. A true Muslim cannot let his ears be filled with filth against his beloved Prophet (S.A.W.).
  • To modify Islam according to your own wishes by adding or removing teachings from Shariah is also one of the greatest sins. This shows feebleness of their Imaan. They not only themselves diverge on the wrong path, but they urge others to follow their owned designed path.
  • People who discount teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah are eliminated from the circle of Islam. Islam holds no place for such hypocrites.
  • Murder is strictly condemned in Islam and it is clearly stated in the holy Quran. One who commits murder of an innocent has earned severe punishment for himself, because he is responsible for not the killing of just one individual but for destroying the entire humanity.
  • Unwarranted suspicions and perceptions regarding others are censured in Islam.
  • Lies and backbiting also falls under the umbrella of major sins. Lies can never be hidden and backbiting is as if somebody eats his dead brother’s meat which is degusting. When a person lies he cuts his good deeds and when a person backbites, he gives a part of his good deeds to the person about whom he backbite and takes his sins as reward.
  • Magic is also a grave sin. Through magic a person intends to show that ha has some extraordinary powers to make things happen and this is tantamount to Shirk.
  • Moreover, being neglectful in prayers, refraining from giving Zakat, breaking a fast of Ramadhan without any solid reason or failing to perform Hajj once in a lifetime despite the ability to afford are sins which will never be pardoned. The Prophet (S.A.W.) stated “Islam is built upon five pillars: testifying that there is no true god except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, performing the prayers, paying the Zakah, making the pilgrimage to the house, and fasting the month of Ramadhan”.
  • Disobedience towards parents and cutting off ties with relatives makes a person a grave sinner.
  • Person indulging in the giving and taking of interest has no place in Islam.
  • Eating wealth of orphans is a sin that will not be overlooked.
  • Gambling, drinking alcohol or making a false testimony are subjects of Allah’s anger. The Prophet (S.A.W.) said “Allah has forbidden the Paradise to three people: the alcoholic, the runaway slave, and the one who is complacent in the face of the evil deeds that his family is performing”
  • Breaching a promise or cursing others is sins that will never be forgiven.
  • Listening to songs, singing songs, taking or making pictures are sins that will never be repented unless a person seeks forgiveness with a pure heart.
  • Having pork in meals is also forbidden in Islam.

To conclude, Muslims should try to purify their life with such grave sins. A true believer has chances to get rid of the minor sins that he commit in lives if Allah bestows His grace upon him, but these major sins will destroy a Muslim and will prevent him from Paradise.