7 Deadly Sins

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  1. Shirk
    (associating others with Allah), which leads to doom with no hope of redemption, and if a person dies in this state he will abide in Hell for all eternity.

  2. Witchcraft

  3. Witchcraft involves shirk because it is worshipping the jinn and is seeking the help of the jinn to misguide people. The practitioner of witchcraft is the one who deals with that which causes harm to people by means of the jinn and worshipping them instead of Allah. Sometimes he does things that harm them of words, deeds and blowing on knots; sometimes he does that by causing illusions to such an extent that a thing may be seen as something other than what it really is

  4. Killing a soul

  5. Killing a soul, or murder, is one of the most serious of crimes, but it is a major sin of a lesser degree than shirk (associating others with Allah). It is a major sin like fornication/adultery, theft and so on. The one who does that is not a disbeliever unless he regards it as permissible to do that.

  6. Consuming riba

  7. Riba is of various kinds, riba nasee’ah and riba fadl:
    Riba fadl is, for example, selling one dirham for two dirhams, or one saa‘ of wheat for two saa‘s of wheat, or one saa‘ of rice for two saa‘s of rice. This is riba fadl, which means selling something for more of the same type or commodity. This is not permissible.
    Riba an-nasee’ah is, for example, selling a saa‘ of wheat for two saa‘s of barley to be paid later, after one or two days, i.e., the price is not to be taken until after the sitting in which the deal is done. This is riba nasee’ah. It may be selling one hundred dollars for one hundred pounds, or for ten pounds, to be paid at another time, and it is not taken in that sitting. This is called riba an-nasee’ah, and it is one of the gravest of major sins.

  8. Consuming orphans’ wealth
    The orphan is the one whose father has died when he is small and has not yet reached puberty. What is required in the case of orphans is to treat them kindly, protect their wealth, make it grow and handle it with proper care. The one who spoils the orphan’s wealth and consumes it unlawfully is subject to a stern warning, because the orphan is weak and he has transgressed against him and consumed his wealth. This stern warning is addressed to him, but he is not a disbeliever; rather he is a sinner, so long as he does not regard that as permissible.

  9. Fleeing

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  10. When the Muslims meet the disbelievers in battle, the one who flees and deserts his brothers on the day of battle, when the disbelievers march against the Muslims or the Muslims march against the disbelievers – the one who flees and deserts his brothers is subject to this stern warning (interpretation of the meaning): “unless it be a stratagem of war, or to retreat to a troop (of his own)” [al-Anfaal 8:16] that is, unless he is recruiting to prepare himself, bring his weapon and put on his armour in preparation for fighting, which does not do any harm, or he is moving from one detachment to another, or from one rank to another, or from one group to another, as part of a plan against the enemy.

  11. Slandering



    The one who slanders chaste women, which means accusing them of zina (fornication or adultery) – by saying: So and so committed zina, or So and so called someone to commit zina, but he is lying – this is one of the seven sins that doom one to Hell and for which one deserves to be given eighty lashes, as Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "And those who accuse chaste women, and produce not four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes" [an-Noor 24:4]. Slandering chaste women is a major sin, as is slandering chaste men, but because such accusations are usually made against women, the text speaks of women. Nevertheless, if someone slanders a chaste man, and says that he committed zina, he has to produce four witnesses or else be given eighty lashes.