Do You Know? : The Seven Destructive SinsFrom Abu Hurayrah رضي الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:"Avoid the seven great destructive sins." They said, "O Messenger of Allaah, what are they?"He صلى الله عليه وسلم said,1. Shirk (associating anything with Allaah),The greatest of these sins in evil and the severest of them in danger is associating partners with Allaah in worship, which He never forgives and He does not accept any good deeds along with Shirk.So whoever sacrifices, vows, makes an oath, bows down, prostrates, swears by the creation by way of glorification or asks for his needs from the dead or anything else in a matter no one except Allaah is capable of, then he has committed Shirk with Allaah and made a rival and partner with Him.Shirk is hidden and manifest. So from the hidden is that you show off or leave an action for the sake of the people. And from the manifest is grave-worshiping by ignorant Muslims, swearing by other than Allaah, and seeking aid and refuge from other than Allaah.2. As-Sihr (sorcery or magic),Sorcery contains a combination of kufr and harms for the people when the ignorant general masses believe in the ability of the sorcerer to have the right to disposal in the dominion of Allaah without His permission.All the scholars of Islam have agreed upon the prohibition of learning, teaching and practicing magic. As-Sihr cannot be practiced without falling into Shirk, because sorcery is possible only when the sorcerers give obedience, servitude and worship to the shayateen among the jinn.There is no repentance for the sorcerer and the Shari’ah ruling on practicing sorcery is execution.3. Killing a soul which Allaah has forbidden (except for a just cause)Every Muslim’s blood is sacred. Therefore, killing a soul and the shedding of sanctified blood is a crime that causes fright in people and destroys their peace and security. It also annihilates the Ummah, cuts the bonds of brotherhood and spreads hatred and enmity between the people.So there is no crime which is more abominable.4. Usurping the wealth of orphansFrom the rights of the orphans upon the people is that the people should support them, establish their tarbiyyah (education, upbringing, manners, etc..), have concern for their affairs, increase their wealth and assist them until they reach their maturity and full level of responsibility.And in His Perfect and Clear Book, Allaah has prohibited consuming the wealth of the orphan and has promised the most severe type of punishment for the individual who does this (see An-Nisaa : 10).And He has prohibited using the orphans wealth except in a way which is better for them, such as benefiting him and increasing his wealth by way of investments and profit.5. Consuming “ribaa” (interest/usury)Ribaa is an exploitation of mankind, a swallowing up of their efforts and eating their wealth with evil, such that the consumer obtains it without expanding any effort in earning the wealth.He who consumes ribaa, authorizes it, writes it and witnesses it, is subjected to the curse and anger of Allaah and it is one of those things that necessitate the Fire. May Allaah shelter us from that.6. Turning your back to the enemy and fleeing from the battlefield at the time of fightingSince this is from cowardice and it contains weakness of bravery and the might of the Muslims and the deen. It shows a strengthening of the disbelievers over the blood of the Muslims, their women and their wealth.And it is not permissible for a Muslim to flee from the battlefield since he achieves success either by victory, the help of Allaah, and the war booty or by martyrdom in the path of Allaah.7. Falsely accusing chaste believing women of illegal sexual intercourse.It is a great crime to accuse a noble woman who is chaste, pure and righteous, far from having any notion of it in her heart, of committing fornication and evil deeds.So the one who does that is obliged to bring four witnesses and if not, then he is regarded by Allaah to be from the liars and sinners. His testimony is never accepted and it is obligatory to implement the punishment of eighty lashes upon him.To Conclude:Dear brothers and sisters, avoid these destructive sins and do not pollute your soul with any of them, for doing so will necessitate the anger and hatred of Allaah, as well as the hatred, anger and contempt of the people towards you.And know that the major sins are many and that they are about seventy in number as stated by Ibn Abbaas رضي الله عنه. And many books have been written regarding them.So know and recognize them and then avoid them, so that Allaah will forgive your minor sins, as He the Most High, says:إِن تَجْتَنِبُوا كَبَائِرَ مَا تُنْهَوْنَ عَنْهُ نُكَفِّرْ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْوَنُدْخِلْكُم مُّدْخَلًا كَرِيمًا"If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall expiate from you your (minor) sins and admit you to a noble entrance (i.e. Paradise).[Surah an-Nisaa - 04:31]Source:by Shaykh Rabee’ bin Haadee al-Madhkhali
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