Taqwa is usually defined as fulfilling the commandments of Allah and protecting yourself from committing sin.
The majority of scholars give two categories of sin – Major and Minor.
It is therefore a priori to learn what are the Major Sins so that we can try to protect ourselves from committing them.
In this short course we will aim to read through a concise work written by Imam Shamsudeen Adh-Dhahabi born in 673AH in Damascus where he later died in 748AH. He is known as the Shaykh of the Hadith scholars and is a respected Imam in many Islamic sciences.
His book is called Al-Kabaair (The Major Sins) and in it the Imam brings 76 sins which he deems as major starting with Associating partner with Allah (Shirk billah) and ending with Spying upon a Muslim. Many of these major sins are very important to know and discuss because we see so many of them today. Example of this can be found right at the beginning i.e. the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth sins: killing a person, magic, leaving the prayer, refusing to pay zakat and disobedience to parents. Our world is filled with examples of these. How do we understand these major sins? We hope to learn something about this during this course.
Whilst there have been many books written on this subject, none are as famous as Imam Adh-Dhahabi’s, with his work having been used as a starting point for others and having been translated into many languages.
The aim of the course will be to:
- Learn the difference between the major and minor sins
- Read through most, if not all, of a classical Islamic work
- To learn what the major sins are
- To discuss ways to avoid committing these sins.
This course will last for ten weeks starting from 24.01.2019 from 7pm – 8.15pm at Coffee Hall Mosque MK6 5HA.
During the class we will read and where possible discuss between 5-7 different major sins.
Each class is independent and whilst it is good to attend all classes if you miss some you will still benefit.
The classes are free, open to men, women and children. Arabic is not a requirement as classes will be in English.
This course is suitable for people at any stage in their Islamic development.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The five prescribed Prayers, and from one Friday Prayer to another and from Ramadan to another entail forgiveness for what is between them as long as you do not commit the major sins.”