عن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: إياكم ومحقرات الذنوب، فإنهن يجتمعن على الرجل حتى يهلكنه
و عن عائشة رضي الله عنها: أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: يا عائشة إياك و محقرات الذنوب، فإنها من الله طالبا
It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه that that the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه و سلم, stated: Beware of classifying sins as trivial; for indeed these (‘trivial’) sins gather upon a person until they destroy him. (Tirmidhi)
And it is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Aishah رضي الله عنها that the Messenger of Allah, صلى الله عليه و سلم, stated: O ‘Aishah, Refrain from the classifying sins as trivial, for indeed they will be questioned in regards to by Allah. (Nasaai)
The Ahadeeth above are self explanatory in their meaning and message; the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم is instructing the Ummah to refrain from overlooking the severity and harms of, what we classify as, ‘minor’ sins.
These Ahadeeth can be taking in two manners, one is the classification of sins being ‘major’ and ‘minor’ sins. A classification which is taken from the Ahadeeth itself when the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم states الكبائر… and mentions some of the major sins.
Or, the alternative is to belittle the harms of any sin and to take them to be trivial and of no consequence whilst providing justifications for our sinning and comparing them to other sins to show that committing certain sins are better than being involved in others.
In this Ahadeeth both these notions are being addressed where an individual should not think trivial of a minor sins whilst refraining from major sins and in the same manner, a person should never think any sin is trivial in comparison to another sin.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم has warned us that a person who is involved in the trivialising of sins will one day be overpowered by these sins and they will destroy him. This could through the amounting of his sins to such an extent that he is drowned in them or through the fact that these minor sins are nothing but a doorway leading to the major sins.
In the same manner, one should not overlook the fact that the minor sins are only minor in comparison to the major sins. But every sin is a means of earning the displeasure of Allah and being accountable for it on the Day of Judgement. In this perception, no sin is small. An example of this can be found from that of poisonous snakes, some being more poisonous than others. Every person will avoid all forms of snakes despite some being less poisonous.
Therefore, one should always make every effort to refrain from all sins, minor or major and to ensure that we do not commit sins on the pretext that they are less punishable and detrimental than other sins.
May Allah give us all the inclination and ability to leave all sins in this holy month of Ramadhan as well as the months to follow. Aameen