Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
All Praise is due to Allaah, Lord of mankind and jinn, and may the peace and blessing of Allaah be upon Muhammad, His slave and Final Messenger.
By definition, a sin is an evil thought that is acted upon. Sins can be of different types; a slave could sin deliberately or out of ignorance, he may violate the rights of Allaah or the rights of man, sins can fall into categories of major or minor.
Regardless of whether a sin is major or minor, man should strive his utmost to avoid sin. Sins have profound effects on the slave; being deprived of knowledge, being deprived of provision, a slave begins to find things difficult, it weakens his willpower, he finds himself in darkness and a sense of alienation grows between him and his Lord, a slave may commit a sin so frequently that he becomes desensitised to it – it becomes a habit and he no longer sees the wrong in it. These are some of the effects sins have on a slave mentioned by ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him).
A person should fear the Wrath of Allaah and at the same time not despair in His Mercy.
Allaah, Exalted be He, says:
“If you avoid the great sins, which you have been forbidden to do, We shall expiate from you your (small) sins and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).” 1
Look at the mountains of sins we commit against Our Merciful Lord every day, yet He is willing to over look this and enter us into the Eternal Gardens, on the condition that we avoid the “great sins”.
But, how do we avoid the great sins which Allaah speaks of when we do not know what they are?
By the Permisssion of Allaah and with the guidance of the book by Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab called ‘The Book of Major Sins’, this series intends to highlight the major sins which a muslim should avoid in hope that Allaah forgives him and enters him into Paradise.
May Allaah make us amongst the dwellers of Paradise. Aameen.
‘The Book of Major Sins’ by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab
- An-Nisa’ 4:31 ↩