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The Major Sins


The major sins are those acts which have been forbidden by Allah in the Quran and by His Messengerﷺ in the Sunnah (practise of the Prophetﷺ), and which have been made clear by the actions of of the first righteous generation of Muslims, the Companions of the Prophetﷺ.

Allah Most High says in His Glorious Book:
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)
Thus by this verse, Allah Most High has guaranteed the Garden of Paradise to those who avoid the major sins. And Allah Most High also says:
Those who avoid the greatest of sins and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry (al-Shra 42:37) Those who avoid the greatest sins and indecencies, except for oversights, (will find that) surely your Lord is ample in forgiveness. (Al-Najm 53:32) 
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "The five [daily] prayers, Friday to Friday, and Ramadan to Ramadan make atonement for what has happened since the previous one when 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 tradition:
 "Avoid the seven noxious things"- and after having said this, the Prophetﷺ mentioned them: "associating anything with Allah; magic; killing one whom Allah has declared inviolate without a just case, consuming the property of an orphan, devouring usury, turning back when the army advances, and slandering chaste women who are believers but indiscreet." (Bukhari and Muslim) 

'Abdullah ibn 'Abbas said: "Seventy is closer to their number than seven," and indeed that is correct. The above tradition 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; plural, HUDUD), such as theft, fornication or adultery (ZINA), and murder; those prohibited acts for which a warning of a severe punishment in the Next is given in the Qur'an or the tradition; and also those deeds which are cursed by our Prophet (SAW). 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 (SAW) 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 his sin 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. (al-Nisa 4:48 and 116)

01. Associating anything with Allah 
02. Murder 
03. Practising magic 
04. Not Praying 
05. Not paying Zakat 
06. Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse 
07. Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so 
08. Disrespect to parents 
09. Abandoning relatives 
10. Fornication and Adultery 
11. Homosexuality(sodomy) 
12. Interest(Riba) 
13. Wrongfully consuming the property of an orphan 
14. Lying about Allah and His Messenger 
15. Running away from the battlefield 
16. A leader's deceiving his people and being unjust to them 
17. Pride and arrogance 
18. Bearing false witness 
19. Drinking Khamr (wine) 
20. Gambling 
21. Slandering chaste women 
22. Stealing from the spoils of war 
23. Stealing 
24. Highway Robbery 
25. Taking false oath 
26. Oppression 
27. Illegal gain 
28. Consuming wealth acquired unlawfully 
29. Committing suicide 
30. Frequent lying 
31. Judging unjustly 
32. Giving and Accepting bribes 
33. Woman's imitating man and man's imitating woman 
34. Being cuckold 
35. Marrying a divorced woman in order to make her lawful for the husband 
36. Not protecting oneself from urine 
37. Showing-off 
38. Learning knowledge of the religion for the sake of this world and concealing that knowledge 
39. Bertrayal of trust 
40. Recounting favours 
41. Denying Allah's Decree 
42. Listening (to) people's private conversations 
43. Carrying tales 
44. Cursing 
45. Breaking contracts 
46. Believing in fortune-tellers and astrologers 
47. A woman's bad conduct towards her husband 
48. Making statues and pictures 
49. Lamenting, wailing, tearing the clothing, and doing other things of this sort when an affliction befalls 
50. Treating others unjustly 
51. Overbearing conduct toward the wife, the servant, the weak, and animals 
52. Offending one's neighbour 
53. Offending and abusing Muslims 
54. Offending people and having an arrogant attitude toward them 
55. Trailing one's garment in pride 
56. Men's wearing silk and gold 
57. A slave's running away from his master 
58. Slaughtering an animal which has been dedicated to anyone other than Allah 
59. To knowingly ascribe one's paternity to a father other than one's own 
60. Arguing and disputing violently 
61. Witholding excess water 
62. Giving short weight or measure 
63. Feeling secure from Allah's Plan 
64. Offending Allah's righteous friends 
65. Not praying in congregation but praying alone without an excuse 
66. Persistently missing Friday Prayers without any excuse 
67. Unsurping the rights of the heir through bequests 
68. Deceiving and plotting evil 
69. Spying for the enemy of the Muslims 
70. Cursing or insulting any of the Companiions of Allah's Messenger
Source: http://www.themodernreligion.com/misc/hh/major_sins.htm 

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