Major and minor sins

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1. In fazaail-e-amaal we read that minor sins are easily pardoned. What are the differences between major and minor sins?

2. Is there a list of major/minor sins so we can guard ourselves appropriately?



1. Ulama have explained that major sins are those sins for which there is a warning in the hadeeth or the Qur’aan.

2. You may refer to Mufti Muhammad Shafee Sahib’s kitaab ‘Gunah be lazzat’ for a list of major and minor sins. You may view it by following this link:…

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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