The Biggest of the Major Sins

Abu Bakrah Nufai bin Al-Harith (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Shall I not inform you of the biggest of the major sins?” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) asked this question thrice. We said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He said, “Ascribing partners to Allah, and to be undutiful to your parents.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) sat up from his reclining position and said, “And I warn you against giving forged statement and a false testimony; I warn you against giving forged statement and a false testimony.” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) kept on repeating that warning till we wished he would stop.

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith mentions some of the major sins. A major sin is one against which there is a serious warning in the Noble Qur’an and Hadith. When disobedience to parents is mentioned along with Shirk (polytheism), it makes the fact evident that both of these are very serious sins. Similar is the case of telling a lie and false testimony, which in the incident mentioned in this Hadith made the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to leave his pillow and sit attentively. It indicates that the latter two are serious. May Allah protect all Muslims from all such sins.

And Allah Knows Best!

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