Major sins are those that are forbidden by Allah (SWT) in the Noble Quran and also by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in His sayings. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran about major sins in these words: “If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise)” (Quran, 4:31). No matter how major or minor is the sin Holy Prophet (SAW) warned His Ummah not to commit them. Being a Muslim it is obligatory on us to avoid all kinds of sins and try to do good deeds in this worldly life so that we can live a happily ever in the hereafter that will remain forever.
Major Sins for Punishment in Grave
Below we will discuss some destructive major sins that every one of us should avoid; sadly these sins are very common in this modern era.
1) Shirk is one of the major sins that Allah Almighty disliked the most and its eternity in the Hellfire. Allah Almighty will never forgive those who commit shirk until he/she repents to Allah (SWT) and gives up on shirk. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases,”(Quran, 4:48). Shirk is one of the causes of punishment in the grave its evidence could be found in the hadith of Zayd ibn Thaabit (RA) who said: “When the Prophet (PBUH) was in a garden belonging to Banu’l-Najjaar on a mule of his and we were with him, it stumbled and nearly threw him. There he saw some graves, six or five or four. He said: “Who knows the occupants of these graves?” A man said: I do.” He said: “When did these people die?” He said: “They died in shirk.” He said: “This Ummah will be punished in their graves. Were it not that you would not bury one another, I would pray to Allah to make you hear what I hear of the torment in the grave.” Then he turned to us and said: “Seek refuge with Allah from the punishment of Hellfire…” (Muslim)
2) Hypocrisy is also one of the causes of the punishment in the grave. The hypocrites are those who most deserve to be punished in the grave. Allah Almighty says in the Noble Quran: “And among the Bedouins around you, some are hypocrites, and so are some among the people of Al‑Madinah who persist in hypocrisy; you (O Muhammad) know them not, We know them. We shall punish them twice and thereafter they shall be brought back to a great (horrible) torment” (Quran, 9:101).
3) Consuming Riba is also a major sin that Almighty Allah disliked and forbidden. Riba is an increase in wealth and some items. Allah Almighty forbade Riba with all of its types and said in the Holy Quran: “Whereas Allah has permitted trading and forbidden Riba (usury).”(Quran 2:275)
4) Zina (adultery) is the major sin that will not forgivable until he/she who committed it to repent to Allah Almighty with a truthful heart and do not commit it again in his/her life.
5) Missing prayer is considered one of the major sins that will cause of punishment in the grave. On the night of Mairaj two angels showed Holy Prophet (SAW) people who are being punished by smashing a rock in their head for missing three obligatory daily prayers. So pray on time and don’t miss any of your prayers.
6) We must see backbiting as the most discussing thing in our society whether its Men or Women they tend to Gossip and backbite whenever they meet. Backbiting is one of the major sins try to avoid it if you want to not be punished.
The above mentioned were some of the major sins that we all should avoid in our daily life routine. May Almighty Allah help us to do good deeds and save us from the punishment of the grave and the Hell Fire! Ameen