As Salaamu Alaykum,

Being a Muslim makes one aware of the boundries set by Allah. It makes one be considerate towards all the things that Allah has condemned in the Qur’an.

The eyes of a Muslim never stops at that which is only visible, but the true believer after bringing faith will further look towards those minute things that any other person may fail to see… Why? Only so that he is saved from displeasing his Lord, Allah.

So why do we see so many people, so many Muslims, stuck today in the net of desires. The net that holds one in such a place where the displeasure of Allah is always on him, a place where the rules and regulations of Allah are put aside for one’s personal pleasure.

If we look deep into the problem we will realise that the average practicing Muslim will never look twice at consuming Pork or drinking Wine. He will never dream of commiting adultery or being involved in murder. A Muslim may find it difficult to control his desires, but to even think of commiting such acts would be far from his wildest imaginations; the obvious reason is that these acts are known to be Haraam and for that matter from amongst the Kabaair (Major Sins).

However, the average person will be involved in back-biting (Geebah), slandering, not giving the rights to people etc. Sins that people are involved in day after day whilst realising that the acts they are commiting are against the teachings of Islam.

Despite knowing this why do we stay away from that eating pork and drinking wine, whilst we fail to do the same when it comes to back-biting and slandering.

The reason for this is that we have the habit of the latter act and we do not have the habit of the former sins. This is the only reason why we see the former sins as greater than the latter. Whereas in reality, and in the sight of Allah, all of those sins have the same weight, they are all Haraam.

In actual fact, if we read the Ahadeeth we will find that the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has declared Geebah (back-biting) to be more severe than Zinaa (fornication). The reasons for this are many, firstly, Zinaa is a crime commited against Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, whereas Geebah (back-biting) is related to the rights of the people and to Allah will not forgive that sin until the person forgives us. Furthermore, Geebah is such a sin that a person drops into without realisation. Thus, in actual fact the greater and more dangerous deed in the sight of Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.

In conclusion, we have to realise the weight of sins… A sin is a sin, and two major sins hold the same consequence… The sin does not become any lighter just because we don’t realise it to be major… In actual fact, it gets greater for it is more of a threat.

May Allah give us the Taufique to realise the true harms sins and may He give us the strength to part from those sins that have become our everyday life.