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#16 [Permalink] Posted on 16th March 2014 14:40
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Understood. :)

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#17 [Permalink] Posted on 16th March 2014 14:41
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Don't worry it's fine, if we don't ask we don't learn.
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#18 [Permalink] Posted on 16th March 2014 14:44
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Praise be to Allaah.
Firstly:

One of the matters concerning which there can be no doubt is that sins vary in degree, and that there is a difference between sin and shirk. Changing the creation of Allaah by doing that which Allaah has forbidden in pursuit of beautification is undoubtedly a haraam action, and it is a major sin, but it is not shirk or associating others with Allaah in principle.

With regard to al-namas, which means removing hair from the eyebrows, there is a text which states that the one who does it and the one to whom it is done are among those who deserve to be cursed. See the answers to questions no. 9037, 20108, 13744.

Surgeries that men and women have done to enlarge or reduce any part of the body and change the creation of Allaah in pursuit of beautification are major sins. See the answers to question no. 1006, 47694 and 24215.

Shirk or associating others with Allaah is one of the gravest and worst of sins, but not every sin is shirk.

Another indication of that is the fact that Islam differentiates between shirk and sin in the same context, and the conjunction indicates that there is a difference.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Avoid the seven sins that doom a person to Hell." It was said: What are they, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: "Associating others with Allaah (shirk); witchcraft; killing a soul whom Allaah has forbidden us to kill, except in cases dictated by Islamic law; consuming orphans' wealth; consuming riba; fleeing from the battlefield; and slandering chaste, innocent women."

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2615) and Muslim (89).

Sins and acts of disobedience are not major shirk at all, but committing minor sins will soon cause a person to dare to commit major sins, and major sins will soon lead a person into shirk and its branches. Hence one of the salaf said: Sin is the harbinger of kufr, i.e., it leads to it. And some of the salaf called it light shirk or minor shirk.

It was narrated that 'Abd-Allaah ibn Mas'ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the words "It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah and worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their Belief with Zulm (wrong)..." [al-'An'aam 6:82] were revealed, the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) were distressed by that and said: Who among us has not wronged himself? The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "It is not as you think; rather it is shirk. Have you not heard what Luqmaan said to his son when exhorting him: 'O my son! Join not in worship others with Allaah. Verily, joining others in worship with Allaah is a great Zulm (wrong) indeed' [Luqmaan 31:13]?"

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3246) and Muslim (124).

This hadeeth is a statement concerning this issue, which is that sins do not constitute major shirk.

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

This hadeeth contains a wealth of knowledge, such as the fact that sins do not constitute kufr.

Sharh Muslim (2/143).

But sins, even if they do not constitute major shirk that puts one beyond the pale of Islam, are still branches of kufr and acts of the people of kufr.

Hence Imam al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Kitaab al-Eemaan in his Saheeh:

Chapter: sins are the matter of Jaahiliyyah, but the sinner who commits them does not become a kaafir except in the case of shirk, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said "You are a man in whom there is some Jaahiliyyah" and Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "Verily, Allaah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills" [al-Nisa' 4:48].

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

If what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant in the words "rather it is shirk" was major shirk, then what he meant was that the one who is not one of the people of shirk is safe from the threat of punishment in this world and in the Hereafter that is issued to the mushrikeen, and he is among the guided. But if what he meant is shirk in general terms, then it may said: when a person wrongs himself, such as withholding - because of his love of wealth - and not doing some obligatory duties, this is minor shirk; and loving that which Allaah hates so that he gives his whims and desires precedence over love of Allaah, this is minor shirk, and so on. The one who does that has missed out on security and guidance commensurate with the level of his shirk, hence the salaf included sins in this wrongdoing.

Majmoo' al-Fataawa (7/82).

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