Committing sins and îmân

Question: Do committing sins and persisting in committing them cause people to lose their îmân (faith)?

ANSWER
Committing grave sins and persisting in committing them may lead a person to kufr (disbelief) and result in dying without îmân.

Question: What are the grave (major) sins?
ANSWER
Some of them are as follows:
1. To commit a bid’ah, [Any change or reform made in the religion is termed a bid’ah. It is a grave sin to commit a bid’ah pertaining to tenets of belief and acts of worship.]

2. To keep committing sins,

3. Not to give thanks for being a Muslim,

4. Not to be fearful of dying without faith,

5. To commit cruelty,

6. To be disobedient to your parents,
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7. To take oaths very often, even if they are true,

8. Not to attach importance to learning the salat and teaching it to the members of your family,

9. To drink alcoholic beverages,

10. To give an impression that you are a wali, though you are not,

11. To belittle your sin,

12. To have self-love,

13. To consider yourself superior to others on account of your knowledge and acts of worship,

14. To be jealous,

15. To say that a certain person is good before testing him/her,

16. To continue telling lies and backbiting,

17. To stay away from the books of Ahl as-Sunnah scholars,

18. To maltreat your neighbors, which is a sin even if they are disbelievers,

19. To get angry very often for worldly matters,
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20. To practice sorcery,

21. To give up visiting your mahram relatives who obey Islam,

22. Not to love those whom Allahu ta’âlâ loves and to love those whom He does not love,

23. To have a grudge against your Muslim brother for more than three days,

24. To commit fornication, adultery, or sodomy,

25. To wear indecently,

26. To commit a murder,

27. To commit a theft,

28. To take drugs,

29. To commit usurpation,

30. Not to fast and to eat publicly in the month of Ramadân,

31. To pay fâidh (interest) without extreme necessity to do so,

32. To devour the wealth of an orphan unjustly,

33. To cheat in measuring or weighing,

34. To perform salats before or after their due times,

35. To hurt one’s feelings,

36. To accept a bribe,

37. Not to give the zakât and ‘ushr of one’s property,

38. To burn a live animal,
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39. To forget how to read the Qur’ân al-karîm after learning it,

40. To despair of Allah’s Mercy,

41. To commit perfidy,

42. To have a dislike towards any of the As-hâb-i kirâm,

43. To call chaste women unchaste,

44. To spread gossip (to carry words) among Muslims,

45. To expose your awrat parts or to look at a person’s awrat parts,

46. To be unfaithful with respect to anything that has been placed in trust with you,

47. To be stingy,

48. To have a fondness for the world,

49. Not to fear the torment of Allahu ta’âlâ,

50. Not to accept a harâm [a thing that is prohibited] as harâm and a halâl [a thing that is permitted] as halâl.

51. To believe what soothsayers say,

52. To look at women and girls, that is, to look at harâm,

53. For women, to wear like men and vice-versa,

54. To remind people of your having done them favors,

55. To take an oath with any name other than Allah, for example, to say, “May I kiss my child’s dead body!”

56. To be a perpetual committer of a venial sin,

57. To remain ritually impure (junub) as long as to miss a prayer time,

58. To play or listen to musical instruments,

59. To commit suicide,

60. Not to learn your religion.

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