70 Major Sins in Islam

70 Major Sins in Islam

Is Islam, sin is defined as “an act against the command of Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).”

Muslims should avoid sins and specially major sins because they can take a person to the hell. Major sins are those which are forbidden by Allah Almighty and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in Holy Quran and Sunnah. It is very important for a believer to avoid those because they are the reason of severe punishment on the day of judgement.

Allah has guaranteed paradise to those who avoid them.

Allah Almighty says in the Noble Quran:

 “If you avoid the major sins which you have been forbidden, We will cancel out for you your (other) evil deeds and admit you (to Paradise) with a noble entry.”(Quran, 4:31)

Major sins are defined as what is forbidden by Allah and His Messenger in the Qur’an and the Sunnah in addition to what is narrated on the authority of early Muslims.

Allah (SWT) said :

“Those who avoid the greatest of sins and indecencies, and forgive when they are angry.” (Surah al Shura 42:37)

“Those who avoid the greatest sins and indecencies, except for oversights, (will find that) surely your Lord is ample in forgiveness.” (Surah Al Najm 53:32)

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 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’r), are, in order that Muslims should avoid them.”

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas said:

“Seventy is closer to their number than seven,” and indeed that is correct.

Imama Al-Dhahabi listed seventy major sins in book named Al Kabyer based on quran and hadith. There are no quranic which says that these are the seventy mediation or no hadith which says that these are the 70 major sins.

The list of seventy major sins given by the Shafi’i (Sunni) scholar Al-Dhahabi are as follows:

  1. Associating anything with Allah (SHIRK)
  2. Murder
  3. Practicing magic
  4. Not performing prayer
  5. Not paying Zakat
  6. Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse
  7. Not performing Hajj while being able to do so
  8. Disrespect to One’s Parents parents
  9. Abandoning relatives
  10. Fornication and Adultery
  11. Homosexuality and Sodomy
  12. Riba (Eating and Giving Riba)
  13. Wrongfully consuming the Orphan’s Property
  14. Lying against Allah and His Messenger
  15. Running away from the battlefield
  16. The Leader who disease his people and unjust towards his peoples, the Tyrant and the Oppressor
  17. Pride and arrogance
  18. Giving false witness
  19. Having intoxicants or Drinking Khamr (alcohol/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 which is acquired unlawfully
  29. Committing suicide
  30. Frequent lying
  31. Judging unjustly
  32. Giving and Taking bribes
  33. Woman’s imitating man and man’s imitating woman
  34. Being cuckold that is a husband of another adulteress
  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. Betrayal 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. Wearing of silk and gold for the men.
  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. Holding of excess water
  62. Shortage in weight and 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. Usurping the rights of the heir through bequests
  68. Deceiving and plotting evil
  69. Spying for the enemy of the Muslims
  70. Cursing and insulting any of the Companions of Allah’s Messenger

May Almighty Allah guide us to fulfill His commands and keep us away from committing all kinds of sins whether major or minor! Ameen.

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