The biggest of the greatest sins

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said thrice, “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the greatest sins?” We (the companions) said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah” He said, “To join partners in worship with Allah and to be undutiful to one’s parents.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sat up after he had been reclining and added, “And I warn you against giving lying speech (forged statement) and a false witness; I warn you against giving a lying speech and a false witness.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) kept on saying that warning till we thought he would not stop.

[Sahih Bukhari]

Commentary:

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) repeating, “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the greatest sins?” three times was to grab the attention of those who were present by asking them a question regarding a great and very important issue.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saying, “and to be undutiful to one’s parents” means to harm, disobey and disagree with ones parents. This is the opposite of being dutiful to ones parents.

The Prophet  (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sat up after he had been reclining when he warned about ‘lying speech and false witness’ because alot of people take these and similar issues lightly and therefore it is easy for them to fall into this type of sin. So the Prophet  (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) wanted to place extra emphasis on the seriousness of these actions.

This Hadith also teaches us that is recommend to repeat a point of advice three times so that it may be clearly understood and also to show the importance of the advice you are giving.

And Allah knows best!

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