Avoidance Of Taking Sins Lightly In Islam

he religion of Islam is a complete code of life which devises guidelines for its followers in every walk of life. Allah SWT sent His Last Heavenly Book, the Holy Quran on His Final Messenger, Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ which contains useful instructions for Muslims. it clearly informs them about forbiddance of wrongdoings and sins like the nations before them so that they could be successful in both the worlds. Every person has the conscious to differentiate between right and wrong, which calls for taking even a minor transgression as a great means of destruction.

Hazrat Anas (R.A) reported the Messenger ﷺ of the Almighty saying as:

“Beware of the minor sins which are often thought of as insignificant, for they are like a group of people who stopped in the bottom of a valley. One of them brought a stick, and another brought a stick, until they had gathered enough to cook their food. These minor sins, if a person is called to account for them, will destroy him.” (Ahmad)

The above mentioned Hadith clearly indicates that one should not belittle its slight proportion of sins as they eventually mount up to become eventual failure just like drops of water ultimately form an ocean. The act of not weighing minor wrongdoings in importance leads to making habit of committing them in daily life which is the cause of being unsuccessful in front of the Creator of the universe.

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“When you received it with your tongues and said with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge and thought it was insignificant while it was, in the sight of Allah, tremendous.” [Quran, 24: 15]

This Quranic verse magnifies the degree of significance of small things that we do not normally care about doing. The Exalted One informs about the great importance of minor sins that are committed by us one way or the other and that they do have some serious repercussions.

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Now let us discuss the importance of avoiding minor sins and how one can rectify them:

Sign of a True Believer

An actual disciple of the Religion of Peace knows the amount of harm a single act of crime does to it. A staunch advocate of Islamic teachings takes each sin as a black spot on its heart which adds up to blackening of the entire heart eventually.

Narrated by Ibn Masud (R.A):

“A believer treats a sin as if it is a mountain over his head that may fall on him any moment. Whereas a regular violator looks at them as a fly that perked on his nose and he waived it away with his hand.” (Bukhari)

It shows that a true believer has the realization about detrimental effects of even a slight action of thought of evil. On the other hands, a wicked person keeps on enjoying the actions of immorality and its heart is unaware of its rightful responsibilities.

Reading the Holy Quran

The Sacred Book of Allah SWT sent down His Last and Final Book, Quran Majeed in order to give His servants true meaning and purpose of life. It clearly tells its readers about rewards for good and noble deeds done as well as chastisement as a result of disobeying His Commands.

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And that it is My punishment which is the painful punishment. [Quran, 15: 50]

Thus, by reading the Holy Quran, one would come to know about grave results and punishment of one`s sins done in this life.

Asking for Pardon from Allah SWT

Majority of us do not pay much attention to our little deeds which also involve minor sins. The need of the hour is to realize that one has to ask the Most Merciful for Mercy for all wrong actions committed either voluntary or involuntary. As the Almighty Lord says:

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Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Quran, 39: 54]

The above mentioned Ayah shows that one has to keep asking the Most Beneficent for granting forgiveness over all mistakes. One should also believe in the fact that Allah SWT listens to our requests and fulfills them when asked with rightful approach of sincerity and honesty.

sins avoidance in islam

Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah will replace their evil deeds with good. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful. [Quran, 25: 70]

It means that the Gracious God forgives all our wrongdoings when some of us face times of difficulties because He is the Most Merciful and never lets His servants` good deeds and patience go in vain.

In short, minor acts of transgression from Allah`s commandments should not be taken lightly rather as a Muslim, every one of us must try to avoid them and ask for the Almighty`s Clemency for committed crimes.


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