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Consequences of committing Sins

“If you avoid the major sins which you are forbidden, We will remove from you your lesser sins and admit you to a noble entrance” [into paradise] [Quran 4:31]

“Righteousness is good morality and sin is that which causes discomfort (or pinches) within your soul and which you dislike people to become informed of.” [Hadith, Sahih Muslim] Sin is the aspect in a Muslim’s life which he or she makes efforts to abstain from all costs.

There are two types of sins in Islam —–

  • Major Sins (Kaba’ir or “enormities”): Any sin explicitly mentioned by the Quran or Hadith, and having prescribed legal penalty (Hadd), or being accursed by Allah or His Messenger (peace be upon him).
  • Minor Sins (sayi’at) minor sins and daily activities where we have to be aware of our behaviour and conduct. (e.g Swearing, losing temper, making fun of people. etc)

Below is the list of major sins described by Islamic scholars; it is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are common sins which most people engage in.

  • Associating partner with Allah, The Most High (Shirk)
  • Killing A Human Being
  • Practicing Magic
  • Not Performing the Prayer
  • Not Paying Zakat
  • Showing Disrespect to One’s Parents
  • Severing the Ties of One’s Relatives
  • Sexual Relations outside Marriage
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Stealing



The remedy for people who have committed both major and minor sins is to seek forgiveness of Allah: Repentance (Tawbah).

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