O you who have a deep insight! If you see a man walking on the street with one meter forward and two meters backward, will you think that he will ever arrive at his goal, even after a thousand years? Absolutely, you will not!
The case of the sinner while walking on the path towards Heaven is like the case of the one walking above. Every time he/she commits a sin, he/she draws away from Heaven and moves backward on his/her path towards perfection and happiness.
Sins are classified into two groups:
• Little Sins: If one commits a little sin, he/she deserves to be punished.
• Great Sins: If one commits a great sin, he/she deserves to be tortured in Hell.
Beware: It is a great sin to insist on committing little sins.
“If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your little sins and admit you to a noble entrance” [Surah An-Nisaa, 4:31]
The most dangerous great sins that you and your peers may fall in are:
1. Lying: It is to tell what is opposite to the truth i.e. to tell an untrue tale.
2. Tale bearing: It is to tell what one person said about another person to the latter one in order to separate them.
3. Backbiting: It is to uncover what the believer refuses to be uncovered about him/herself during his/her absence.
4. Singing: It is to resonate your voice in a way that is similar to that of the meetings of distraction and sins.
5. Squandering: It is to exceed the customary limits as regards the quantity and quality of spending money.
6. Disobeying Parents: It is to talk or behave badly with the mother or the father.
7. Breaking off with kins: It is to break off the relations with any of your main relatives from your mother's or father's side.
8. Eating dead meat: It is to eat the meat that is not slaughtered according to the religious requirements. Also, it is a great sin to eat pig meat or blood.
9. Stealing: It is to take openly or secretly the money of another person without his/ her agreement and to spend it.
10. Abandoning Prayers: It is in general not to pray because one neglects praying and does not think about the hereafter.
Question: If a person abandons the learning of religious affairs, is he/she considered a sinner?
Answer: If a person does not learn the religious rules and this leads to abandoning a duty or doing a forbidden deed, then he/she is considered a sinner.
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