The Most Awful Sin

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AIl sins are awful, but some are more awful than others. Adultery is the most awful of sins, because it ruins marriages and distorts lineages. And it is even worse if committed against a female neighbour.

It was narrated on two authentic books [i.e. Sahīh al-Bukhāri and Muslim], the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ūd said: I asked Allāh’s Messenger [ﷺ]: “O Messenger of Allāh! Which sin is the greatest?” ⎯ He [ﷺ] replied: “To make any rival with Allāh when it is He who created you.” ⎯ I asked, “Then what?” ⎯ He [ﷺ] said, “To kill your child for fear that he will eat with you.” ⎯ I asked, “Then what?” ⎯  He [ﷺ] said: “To commit fornication with the wife of your neighbour.”

Al-Bukhāri on his book “at-Tārīkh al-Kabīr” ⎯ narrated the hadeeth of al-Miqdād bin al-Aswad, that the Prophet [ﷺ] said:


“It is less serious for a man to fornicate with ten women than for him to fornicate with his neighbour’s wife.

And it is less serious for a man to steal from ten houses than for him to steal from his neighbour’s house.

This is because such sins include a violation to the rights of the neighbour.

Narrated by Muslim ⎯ “The Chapter of Faith” [pg. 90 – 91] – (86); Abū Dāwood ⎯ “The Chapter of Divorce” [2/294] – (2310).

Narrated by al-Bukhāri ⎯ “al-Adab al-Mufrad” [pg. 51] – (103); Ahmad [6/8]; Tabarāni ⎯ “al-Kabīr” [20/256 – 257] – (605); Haythami ⎯ “al-Majma’u” [8/168] ⎯ commented on that hadeeth: “The narrators in the chain are reliable [i.e. rijāluhu thiqāt].

Let fear Allaah brothers! And remember when Allaah soul will be forceful remove from our body!

May Allah accept it from you and us. Aameen

Allaahu Musta’aan

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