Qn 10, How to know if a deed is a sin or not?

If a person does not know all the Traditions of Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, and also does not remember all the Quran by heart, how will he/ she know about a particular action whether it is a sin [Urdu, gunaah] or not. How our beloved prophet PBUH solved this problem for us? Here we must remember that a sin [Urdu, gunaah] is everything Allah and His prophets, stopped people from doing. The problem is when we are about to do an action, what we will do, if we don’t know which actions Allah and His prophets don’t want us to do. The best thing is to increase our knowledge of religion and keep revising and repeating it till death, and whatever we know we must practice it so by practicing we always remember it and everything is on our finger tips when we die. Still the problem at hand is, by the time we complete our religious studies, how should we know that the action we are going to do or already have done, is a sin [Urdu, gunaah] or not? And to accomplish this, it is very important that we must understand the spirit of Islam.

Qn no 10: How to know if a deed is a sin or not?

 

Sin is that action or deed (Arabic: ‘amal)………………. [Choose any one of the following]

 

1……………………..which is banned by a society.

2……………………..which is called a wrong deed by Arabs.

3……………………..which cannot be proved by science.

4……………………..which is condemned by the culture of the place we live in.

5……………………..which irritates and annoys your heart and you become reluctant and hesitant to reveal it to anyone.

6……………………..which is according to the rules and regulations practiced in Europe, America and west, because they are the most developed nations of the world.

7……………………..all of the above.

8……………………..none of the above.

 

Answer to qn 10: is option 5. Sin is that action or deed (‘amal)………………. which irritates and annoys your heart and you become reluctant and hesitant to reveal it to anyone. [Urdu: Gunaah vo hai jo tumhare dil main khatak jaye aur tum napasand karo ke log uspe muttale hon]. So we can see our Islam is so simple. Even if we don’t have a list of all the sins with us still we can avoid one.

Following are the Traditions of The Last Prophet Peace Be Upon Him, copied from Sahih Muslim:

Nawwas b. Sim’an al-Ansiri reported: I asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) about virtue and vice. He said: Virtue is a kind disposition and vice is what rankles in your heart and that you disapprove that people should come to know of it.  (Book #032, Hadith #6195)

 

Good quality, good feature, desirable quality, good value, good worth, high merit, high caliber. Low ranking, less important, low grade.  Nature, quality, personality, moral fiber, character, temperament, outlook (attitude, point of view, position, stance). To cause persistent feelings of bitterness (animosity, hostility), resentment (dislike, hatred, offense, antipathy) or anger. Condemn, criticize, censure, dislike, reject.

Nawwis b. Sim’in reported: I stayed with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) for one year. What obstructed me to migrate was (nothing) but (persistent) inquiries from him (about Islam). (It was a common observation) that when anyone of us migrated (to Medina) he ceased to ask (too many questions) from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him). So I asked him about virtue and vice. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: virtue is a kind disposition and vice is what rankles in your mind and that you disapprove of its being known to the people.  (Book #032, Hadith #6196)

So we observe that Allah has put the instincts of good and evil in the nature of humans. The knowledge of good and evil is in the nature of man.

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