Prophetic Parables #30 – Minor Sins Considered Insignificant
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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we continue with the prophetic parables where we have been covering the various parables that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave to us.
And so tonight we have
two more parables.
The first of these
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In this Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
be aware of
the minor sins that are considered insignificant.
For the example of such minor sins, is like a people who descend to the bottom of a valley.
And then one of them goes and brings a stick,
and another goes and brings a stick
until they have enough to bake their bread.
And then he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Surely, when the person
of minor sins, he is taken to account, when he is brought to account before a law for these minor sins, they will ruin him. These minor sins that he looks at as being insignificant, they will destroy him, they will ruin him meaning in the era when he stands before Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And so this hadith
is an authentic hadith greeted as being authentic by various scholars of Hadith.
And in it, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from a phenomenon that is widespread among many.
And that is to take sins lightly.
To look at the disobedience of a lot as being something light, especially the minor sins.
Because generally, it is these minor sins that people think it's not a big deal.
These are small sins.
They're not from the major sins that Allah warned us from.
And that will lead us to the Hellfire, these minor sins can be expiated
they can easily be wiped out.
they will continue to commit the sins, the small minor sins, one after the other
until they become accustomed to the sins and then it becomes a regular part of their life. It becomes a regular regular habit. And it becomes a part of their life
that they can no longer do without
and that eventually leads to another danger.
And that is that the small sins when we become accustomed to them.
We don't care about their danger.
They lead us to the major sins they lead us
Eventually, to commit the major sins. And so in this parable, the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam compared these minor sins that many people look at as being insignificant, he compared them to small sticks,
small pieces of wood
that are used as firewood.
And so these people, they come and they in camp at the center of this valley.
And now they want, they want to set up a fire so that they can bake their bread and they can, you know, cook their food. So how are they going to do that? How are they going to do that they need firewood. And so one of them goes and brings a stick, and other one of them goes and brings a stick. Everyone goes and brings pieces of wood.
And they put them together and they pile them up.
each stick is insignificant on its own.
Each piece of wood it's a small piece of wood, it can't do anything on its own.
But when they are now gathered together and piled up together, they make enough they make enough of a fire for you now to cook your food and bake your bread.
Whereas each one on its own it can't do that.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wanted to bring our attention to the fact that our minor sins that we take lightly that we take as being not a big deal,
because it's only something minor.
He wanted to bring our attention to the fact that when they pile up, when these small things, they come together and they pile up. That is when they will harm us. Yes, each one on its own.
A single small sin, perhaps it won't be as dangerous to us.
on its own,
just one small minor sin.
But when we add them all together, we realize how huge they become. And this is when this is when
they will come to haunt us as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated at the very end of the Hadith, when the person of minor sins is taken to account when he is brought to account by Allah. That is when they will ruin him. They will destroy him.
And in a similar Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned Chateau de Allahu Allah. When he said yeah Isha
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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Oh, you should be aware of the minor deeds that are regarded as being insignificant.
Why because they have
they have a pursuer from Allah, meaning
we will be called to account for them.
Unlike what many people think that these are minor sins,
we won't be brought to account for them.
It is only the major sins. Those are the ones that can destroy us. Those are the ones that
we will be brought to account for.
And this is what makes people
to take these, these minor sins as being liked as not being a big deal when they think this way that you know what we're not going to be brought to account for these. These are only small sins. This is what causes them to indulge in these minor sins.
And it's as Abdullah bin Mr. Ruto, it'll be a long run, as he mentioned, that the believer
he sees his sins as being
like a huge mountain that he's sitting at the bottom of.
And he fears that this mountain is going to come crashing down on him.
This is how the believer looks at his sins, whether big or small, all of your sins. This is how he looks at them. He looks at them as being something huge as being something dangerous.
And then he brought the Allahu and he said, As for the wicked person,
that he sees his sins as being
like someone who finds a fly that comes and says
On his nose.
And so he brushes it away like that.
He brushes it away with his hand like this. It's not a big deal, brushing it to the side. It's something small like a fly.
And so, in this hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
highlighted the danger of thinking this way with regards to our sin.
sinning is a grief matter.
sinning is a grave matter. And it doesn't matter if it's a major sin or a minor sir.
Yes, there is a difference between the two.
As we will come across when we mentioned some of the lessons from this Hadith, there is a difference between the major sins and the minor sins.
But all together, sinning is not something is not something that we should take as being light, no matter how small the sin, no matter how small the same may be.
And this is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wanted to highlight, and wanted to explain to us. And so among the lessons that we learned from this hadith
is, firstly, that
taking things lightly is a dangerous matter.
And so no matter how small a sin may seem to us,
like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam explained in this hadith. But another example of these minor sins, we could say, like, drops of water,
drops of water on a hard rock.
What danger can water do
to a solid rock
and drops for that matter?
They can't do anything to the rock.
With each individual drop of water.
Each individual drop of water can't do anything to the rock on its own.
the drops are persistent,
and you get continuous drops of water on a stone,
that part of the stone will have a dent in it.
And so individually, yes, drops of water can't do anything. But collectively,
they can cause harm. Collectively, when they come together when they add up.
And when they are persistent. This is when they could cause harm to that store. Likewise, our sins.
Likewise, our sins when we are persistent in them, that is when they will harm us.
As we're if we were to commit a sin, and then
stop committing it, and turning to Allah in repentance, or, you know, doing something that will expiate the sin that will get rid of it,
then, you know, this removes that potential harm.
But the danger is persisting, persisting in the sense
and looking at them as being something light as being insignificant.
lesson that we learned from this hadith is that minor sins
can turn into major sins.
And this is a rule that the scholars mentioned.
Yes, we have something called major sins and we have something called minor sins. And we're gonna mention the difference between the two.
But a minor sin
can turn into a major sin, how, basically when we become heedless of them, when we no longer care about them, and we persist in them.
Not caring about the fact that, you know, I'm sitting
as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned in this hadith.
And so in another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
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not heedlessly not, you know forgetting that, you know I'm committing a sin.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam here, he warned him.
And there is a famous quote,
last year on his rock, while akebia Rama is still far, and this statement is attributed to Abdullah Ebner bass for the long run, he said last only Rama is wrong.
There is no more minor sin with persistence meaning, a minor sin is no longer called a minor sin, if the person persists in it, meaning now it becomes a major sin.
And then he said what not to be are nice so far and there is no major sin. With with repentance, there is no more major sin. When a person repents, meaning it's wiped up.
And he mentioned this when he was asked, someone came to him and asked him
how many are the major sins?
The major sins, how many are there?
Are they seven? The questioner he asked, Are they seven? And the reason he asked this question is because there's a Hadith, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from the seven
major sins that can destroy a person. And another Hadith mentions 10.
So even Abbess roseola one,
he didn't answer by saying, Yeah, there are seven or there are 10.
Rather, he said, they are closer to 700
than they are to seven.
And then he said, but there is no major sin, while seeking forgiveness, and there is no more minor sin. While being persistent, meaning the minor sin is no longer considered a minor sin. If a person persists in it, it becomes a major sin.
The third lesson that we learn from this idea is that the more significant you consider your sin,
the more serious
you consider your sins to be no matter how minor they are.
significant you consider them to be, the more great
you consider them to be, the more dangerous you consider them to be.
The more insignificant Allah will consider them.
The more significant that you look at your sins as being the more insignificant Allah will look at them.
And vice versa,
the more insignificant you consider there seems to be, the more light you consider them to be, the less serious that you consider them to be. The more serious Alaa will consider them,
the more significant Allah will look at them as being.
And this is because
you consider your sins as being serious,
as being significant as a result of what is in your heart.
you are averse to the sins.
You committed the sins and then your heart kind of like felt guilty.
you know, you had some dislike for the sins in your heart.
So because of that, dislike
you won't, the sins will affect you.
They will they won't be able to take over your heart.
On the other hand, if you consider your sins as being insignificant, then this is because of
a love for them in your heart.
And when you love something, you will indulge in it and it will take over your heart.
And so this is the danger of it. This is the danger of looking at your sins as being insignificant.
The fourth lesson that we learned from this hadith is
that the more a person is knowledgeable of Allah subhanho wa Taala
the greater a sin is to him, no matter how small it is.
The more you know Allah,
the greater your sin will seem to you. Why? Because knowing Allah leads to veneration of Allah.
Knowing Allah knowing who he is, through His names, his attributes,
knowing what he can do to you,
knowing what he will do to you if you persist
in his disobedience.
This will cause you to look at your sins as being serious.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala does not punish for a sin.
just merely doing the sin. That's not why Allah punishes us.
But rather he punishes us
for our knowledge,
and then, and then committing the same
meaning our knowledge of Allah,
knowing who he is,
and then while we know who he is,
and what he can do to us, we then commit the sin. This is when Allah subhanho wa Taala punishes us.
And that's why
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
that there are certain individuals who are excused for whatever they do.
The one who forgets until he remembers,
is one of them, the one who forgets until he remembers. And so, if you don't know about a certain sin, or you forget about it, and we're not held accountable for that, what we are held accountable for is knowing that this is a sin, and then we do it and knowing who Allah is.
And we intentionally this will be.
the minor sin
of someone with knowledge
is greater than the major sin of the one who is ignorant.
The person who has knowledge of Allah of this Dean,
and yet he commits even if it'd be a minor sin
that is worse in the sight of Allah.
Then an ignorant person who doesn't have much knowledge of Islam
and he commits major sins.
He may be ignorant that these are major sins or he may be ignorant of Allah subhanho wa Taala he knows it's haram
but he doesn't know Allah subhanahu wa tada as much.
He doesn't know a lot of names and attributes. He doesn't know
the power of Allah subhanahu wa tada or the punishment that Allah has prepared for those who disobey Him in this dunya and
finally, the last point I wanted to mention is the difference between a major and minor sin.
And so, major sins are those that have specific punishments mentioned for them in this dunya what are known as the
the divine punishments of a law for crimes that are committed in this dunya they have certain punishments. So the scholars say, any crime or sin
a prescribed punishment in this dunya and that is a major sin.
Also, they said,
any sin were a specific
or any sin that mentions a punishment in the Euro in the Hellfire, then this is also a major sin.
where there is the threat of ending up in the Hellfire just because of that sin.
And this is also a major sin
that Allah or his messenger have cursed such an individual.
So anytime you hear in the Quran or in the Sunnah,
that such and such person is cursed, then this means it is a major sin. This means that the sin that they committed is a major sin.
So these were major things. These are the major sins and, you know,
they start with
shipped and then
disobedience to our appearance,
theft and so on and so forth. So, these are two major sins, some of them these are the the ones that come in the very beginning of the list.
As for the minor sins,
then they are those that none of these have been mentioned, there is no there is no punishment prescribed for them in the dunya there is no threat of Hellfire for the one who committed those sins.
There is no curse mentioned for them. Rather, a lot told us not to do it.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us not to do this thing.
So, anything that Allah His Messenger forbade,
that is a sin.
And that is an act of disobedience.
Another difference between the major and the minor sins
is that the major sins The only way to have them removed is through Toba.
Through repentance, turn to Allah with a sincere repentance for each individual major sin.
As for the minor sins, then we don't have to
make a special tilbyr repentance for them.
But rather there are other ways of having them expiated
and these have been mentioned in the Quran and in
different ways of having our sings expiated so whenever you hear in the Quran, or in the Sunnah, that sins can be erased by doing something,
then that refers to what it refers to the minor sins and not the major sins, the only way to have major sins removed is through a top
in addition to tau that is if that scene was related to another human being, then to return
what you took from them. So if it is,
you know, stealing, then along with the Toba is to return what you stole.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says intellegent any buka that you want to hone in on who? Luca Fira Hong Kong article, if you avoid the major sins that have been forbidden, then we will erase for you Your lesser sin.
And so this is the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he will forgive us for our minor sins as long as we stay away from the major sins.
And this obviously is with respect to someone who acknowledges his minor sins
does not persist in
otherwise, as we have mentioned,
this hadith that we cover today is evidence that minor sins can harm us, even if we stay away from the major sins and that is when we persist in them and we don't care about them.