More sins

GOING TO A FORTUNE TELLER (عراف)

You go to someone to read the future for you. What are you in a hurry for? Tomorrow is coming anyway. People cannot wait; they want to know what going to happen. If Allah ﷻ gave us the ability to see what is coming, nobody could have tolerated it. How many of you got heavy dreams that came true? It is scary to wake up in the morning to say that you saw something bad that will happen. It is a mercy from Allah ﷻ that He hides the unseen for us, because our mind cannot tolerate knowing the future. Dealing with your daily life is hard enough, and this daily life is according to the capacity of your brain. You are worried all the time; you are under pressure all the time. To know about the future will only harm you but you think it is better and you can change it.

Let us say that you keep dreaming and it all came true. After a while, you think that you have ability more than others, and then disbelief (Kufr) or Shirk might slip into your heart without realizing it. Do not forget that when Iblis refused to prostrate to Adam, the only reason he had was he was better than Adam. What will make you think that you are better than others? You have those thoughts inside you knowing that you have better knowledge, you have better ability, and you have better whatever … beauty, money, job … anything that goes inside your heart and makes you think that you are better than others. Arrogance will come into your heart and this arrogance will lead you further and higher. Then you will think that you have power equal to Allah ﷻ. Pharaoh claimed that he was god the highest. What made him think that way? Do not underestimate the little things that you do. Do not say: “Oh it is not a big issue, I only did it just for fun. No harm done.”

BELIEF IN SUPERSTITIONS, AMULETS, TALISMAN, LUCKY CHARMS, LOVE SPELLS (الخرافات، التمائم، تعويذة، سحر محظوظا، نوبات الحب)

It is almost known in every culture. You have a lucky hat, lucky clothes, lucky ring, lucky hat, lucky bracelet, lucky pen that you cannot write without it. It is not the thing that is Haram but the belief that it can do something to you, therefore you are giving a power to that thing or that person. It is Haram because you are dealing with something in the category of Allah ﷻ. For example, they will put some sticks and they would say:”If God wants it to happen, He will accept it.” Or they would say: “If it turns left, it means I should do it and if it turns right, I should not do it.” If you believe that anyone can have this power, then you have committed Shirk.

The best thing, instead of wearing charms, the Prophet ﷺ advised us to say Dua, asking the right one [i.e. Allah] for clearing whatever things you are going through. If it sickness, instead of wearing the metal to cure your sickness, you are asking the right one, and that is Allah Almighty.

BELIEF IN BAD OMENS

Tatayyur (belief in bad omens) is pessimism, and is based on something disliked, be it a word or action or something seen. They used to startle birds to make them move; if they went to the right they would regard that as a good omen and go ahead with their journeys or other plans, but if they went to the left they would cancel their journeys and plans, and regard that as a bad omen. So it would often prevent them from doing things that were in their interests. Islam cancelled out all that and forbade it, and said that it had no effect, whether good or bad. This is what is meant by the words of the Prophet ﷺ: “There is no superstitious belief in bird omens.” In another Hadith, “Tiyarah is Shirk” – i.e., the belief that it can bring benefit or harm, if they act upon it believing that it has any effect, then this is Shirk, because they think that it has an effect on what one does or that it can make things happen.

ADULTERY/FORNICATION (الزنا)

“And come not near unto adultery. Lo! It is an abomination and an evil way.” [Al-Isra 17:32]

Adultery is an illicit intimate sex between one man and one woman whereby the offender (the adulterer) is currently married. It is a voluntary illicit sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband. Fornication is an illicit intimate sex between one man and one woman whereby the offender (the fornicator) is currently not married. It is a consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other.

Adultery is any sexual relationship outside the bonds of marriage. The technical distinction between fornication and adultery is that adultery involves married persons while fornication involves at least one person who is unmarried. It is often use in a general sense for any unchastity.

The unmarried includes the following: virgins (never been married); divorced (formerly married, but currently single); and widowed (formerly married, but spouse is deceased).

HOMOSEXUALITY (لشذوذ الجنسي)

 “Your women are a tilt for you (to cultivate) so go to your tilt as you will, and send (good deeds) before you for your souls, and fear Allah, and know that ye will (one day) meet Him. Give glad tidings to believers, (O Muhammad).” [Al-Baqarah 2:223]

Homosexuality (a man imitating a woman and vice versa) is strictly prohibited through the story of Lot [Al-A’raf 7:80-84, Hud 11:69-83, Al-‘Ankabut 29:28-35]

“And as for the two of you who are guilty thereof, punish them both. And if they repent and improve, then let them be. Lo! Allah is ever relenting, Merciful.”

“If two men commit a lewd act, punish them both; if they repent and mend their ways, leave them alone—God is always ready to accept repentance, He is full of mercy.” [An-Nisa 4:16]

The verse is also interpreted to refer to a more general state of illegal sexual activity. Regardless, as sexual activity in Islam has in effect been restricted to marriage and marriage restricted to relationships between opposite sex partners, the correlation broadly drawn has been that all homosexual activity is forbidden, without respect to gender. So, lesbianism (الشذوذ عند النساء) also falls into this category.

PERJURY (شهادة الزور)

“And those who will not witness vanity, but when they pass near senseless play, pass by with dignity.” [Al-Furqan 25:72]

“That (is the command). And whoso magnifies the sacred things of Allah, it will be well for him in the sight of his Lord. The cattle are lawful unto you save that which hath been told you. So shun the filth of idols, and shun lying speech.” [Al-Hajj 22:30]

SLANDER (القذف)

“When you welcomed it with your tongues, and uttered with your mouths that whereof ye had no knowledge, ye counted it a trifle. In the sight of Allah it is very great.” [An-Nur 24:15]

“Lo! Those who love that slander should be spread concerning those who believe, theirs will be a painful punishment in the world and the Hereafter. Allah knows. You know not. [An-Nur 24:19]

More and more sins…

  • Abandoning relatives (Muhammad 47:22)
  • An unjust leader deceiving his people (Ash-Shura 42:42)
  • Arguing and disputing violently
  • Being cuckold (Duyuth)
  • Betrayal of trust (Al-Anfal 8:27)
  • Breaking contracts
  • Carrying tales (Al-Qamar 54:10)
  • Consuming unlawful wealth (Al-Baqarah 2:188)
  • Cursing
  • Cursing/insulting any of the Companions of Allah’s Messenger
  • Deceiving and plotting evil (Fatir 35:43)
  • Denying Allah’s decree (Al-Qamar 54:49)
  • Disrespect to parents (Al-Isra 17:23)
  • Drinking Khamr (wine) (Al-Maidah 5:90)
  • Feeling secure from Allah’s plan (Al-Araf 7:99)
  • Frequent lying (Ali Imran 3:61)
  • Gambling (Al-Maidah 5:90)
  • Giving and accepting bribes (Al-Baqarah 2:188)
  • Giving short weight or measure (Al-Mutaffifin 83:1-3)
  • Highway robbery (Al-Maidah 5:33)
  • Interest (Riba) (Al-Baqarah 2:275)
  • Judging unjustly (Al-Maidah 5:44)
  • Lamenting, wailing, tearing the clothing and the like
  • Learning religious knowledge for worldly gain and concealing that knowledge (Al-Baqarah 2:160)
  • Listening people’s private conversations (Al-Hujarat 49:12)
  • Lying about Allah and His Messenger (Az-Zumar 39:60)
  • Making statues and pictures
  • Marrying a divorced woman to make her lawful for the ex-husband
  • Men wearing silk and gold
  • Not fasting on a Day of Ramadan without excuse
  • Not paying Zakat (Ali Imran 3:180)
  • Not performing Hajj, while being able to do so
  • Not praying (Maryam 19:59)
  • Not praying in congregation without any excuse
  • Not protecting oneself from urine
  • Offending one’s neighbor, other people and being arrogant toward them
  • Offending/abusing Allah’s righteous friends and the Muslims (Al-Ahzab 33:58)
  • Oppression (Ash-Shu’ara 26:227)
  • Overbearing conduct toward the wife, the servant, the weak, and animals
  • Persistently missing Friday prayers without any excuse
  • Pride and arrogance (An-Nahl 16:23)
  • Recounting favors (Al-Baqarah 2:27)
  • Showing-off (Al-Ma’un 107:4-6)
  • Slaughtering an animal offered other than Allah
  • Spying for the enemy of the Muslims (Al-Qalam 68:11)
  • Stealing (Al-Maidah 5:38)
  • Stealing from the spoils of war (Ali Imran 3:161)
  • To knowingly ascribe one’s paternity to a father other than one’s own
  • Trailing one’s garment in pride
  • Treating others unjustly (Ash-Shura 42:42)
  • Usurping the rights of the heir through bequests (An-Nisa 4:12)
  • Wife’s bad conduct towards her husband (An-Nisa 4:34)
  • Withholding excess water