As a religion, Islam is one of the greatest supporters of morality and character. It clearly defines how to spend life through the glorious teachings of the Holy Qur’an. Muslims see the practical application of the Holy Qur’an by comprehensively examining the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet, Muhammad. This article talks about the seven major sins that are described in the Holy Qur’an. Since these sins are highly frowned upon by Allah, those who commit them are liable for punishment both in this world and in the world hereafter. All Muslims strive to abstain from sinning in general, but in particular, staying away from these sins.
7 major sins in islam
It is reported on the authority of Hazrat Abu Huraira that the messenger of Allah, Muhammad said, “Avoid the seven noxious things.” It was said (by the hearers): “What are they?” Messenger of Allah, Holy Prophet replied:
1. Associating anything with Allah,
3. Killing of one whom God has declared inviolate without a just cause,
4. Consuming the property of an orphan,
5. And consuming of usury,
6. Turning back when the army advances,
7. And slandering chaste women who are believers, but unwary. (Sahih Bukhari)
Every individual must verbally acknowledge the oneness of Allah before they can become a Muslim. Associating anything with Allah in worship is the greatest sin of all. All Muslims believe that Allah Almighty is the only Creator and Maintainer of everything in the world, and that He created us from a clot of congealed blood, as described in Surah Al- Alaq in the Holy Qur’an, and indeed He (alone) is worthy of praise and worship.
Proclaim! (or read!) In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood (Holy Qur’an 96:1-2)
Magic is another major sin according to Islam. Speaking about magic, Allah says,
“They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: “We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew! (Holy Qur’an 2:102)
Contrary to popular belief, Islam condemns the killing of anyone without a just cause. It is strictly against the philosophy whereby one kills his child for the fear of destitute or hunger. Even in war, it lays great stress that women and children should remain safe and not be harmed at any cost.
And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin. (Holy Qur’an 17:31)
Islam introduced the concept of orphan’s rights in the Arabian peninsula. It places great emphasis on protecting due rights of orphans and their properties that are under the guardianship of their relatives or caretakers. It strictly prohibits anyone from consuming their property or depriving them of what is actually theirs by a mere act of wickedness or mischief.
“In (to) this worldly life and in the Hereafter. And they ask you concerning orphans. Say: “The best thing is to work honestly in their property, and if you mix your affairs with theirs, then they are your brothers. And Allah knows him who means mischief (e.g. to swallow their property) from him who means good (e.g. to save their property). And if Allah had wished, He could have put you into difficulties. Truly, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (Holy Qur’an 2:220)
Usury or monetary interest is another serious ailment that deeply casts an adverse affect on any society. Since there is no goodness in it and has the tendency to bring about shallowness by taking undue advantage of one’s weak financial conditions in his hour of need, interest has been declared unlawful in Islam. A person who charges another interest for a loan is committing a major sin, and according to the Qur’an, will receive an eternal punishment.
“Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch hath driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury,” but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).” (Holy Qur’an 2:275)
Islam is not a religion that supports war for any unjust cause, but rather, it commands peace. However, when war is inevitable due to purposes of self defense or spreading Islam, it is a sin for believers to not participate in battle.
“O you who believe! When you meet those who disbelieve, in a battle field, never turn your backs to them.” (Holy Qur’an 8:15)
Islam protects the right of women at every level. There is a severe punishment for those who try to defame chaste women and blame them without any proof. It is mentioned clearly in Surah Nur (The Light) that people who engage in such behavior with women will be punished by Allah in the world hereafter.
Those who slander chaste women, indiscreet but believing, are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter: for them is a grievous Penalty, On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions. On that Day Allah will pay them back (all) their just dues, and they will realize that Allah is the (very) Truth, that makes all things manifest.” (Holy Qur’an 24:23-25)