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The Most Destructive Sins in Islam

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In Islam and all religion any action will lead to something we called punishment or rewards. Commiting sins will cause punishment, decreasing of our reward, leads us to torment hell and even it will destruct us by the wrath of Allah.


Sins can create someone life became void, meaningless, and make them evil that harm other people.

There are most destructive sins in Islam that we must avoid to prevent us from the Hellfire and the great punishment from Allah SWT.

These sins has a great impact for people and already mentioned in the Quran and hadith. If minor sins can be pardoned since the major sins including the most destructive sins is very hard to pardoned by Allah SWT.

“If you avoid the major sins which are forbidden. We will remove from you your lesser sins and admit you to a noble entrance (into Paradise).” (QS. An-Nisa : 31)

And what are these most destructive sins in Islam? That muslims strongly forbidden to commit it. Here are some explanation about most destructive sins in Islam. Read also about How to Repent in Islam from Major Sins.

1. Shirk (associating others with Allah SWT)

Shirk is the greatest sins, whoever perform this sins will have no hope of forgiveness. And if we die in the state of shirk we will be placed in the Hell forever.

“They have certainly disbelieved who say, ‘Allah is the Messiah, the son of Mary.’ while the Messiah has said, ‘O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’

Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” (QS. Al-Ma’idah : 72)

Isn’t destructive enough for human? Conducting shikr as mentioned above will close the gate to paradise for human. The impact of conducting shirk is great since it lead the person itself and others into astray. It will also make all of our good deeds became vain.

“And it was already revealed to you and those before you that if you should associate (anything) with Allah, your work would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” (QS. Az-Zumar : 65)

2. Magic (sihr)

Performing magic or sihr means we deluted something using power other than Allah SWT. Magic like fortune teller is equal to the most destructive sins in Islam.

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The dangerous of magic is making someone disbelief and even it may harm other people. And there are also some side effects of Black Magic in Islam that muslims should know.

Some scholar said that magic is worshipping the jinn and satan, seeking for their protection and power to gain benefits. Allah SWT said in the following verse :

“And they followed (instead) what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Harut and Marut. But the two angels do not teach anyone unless they say,

‘We are trial, so do not disbelieve (by practicing magic).’ And (yet) they learn from them that which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allah.

And the people learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But the Children of Israel certainly knew that whoever purchased the magic would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.” (QS. Al-Baqarah : 102)

The punishment of magic is great since Allah won’t give any share for us in paradise or hereafter. It is also said that whoever goes to fortune teller and ask something their prayer won’t be accepted for 40 days and nights.

3. Murder a soul whom forbidden by Allah SWT


“But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.” (QS. An-Nisa : 93)

Murdering a soul is included as most destructive sins in Islam since the effect is not only for the one commiting it but also for the victim and give a great sorrow to the victim’s family.

That is why the punishment of commiting this sins is great which are the wrath and cursed from Allah.

4. Fleeing from battlefield

The punishment of fleeing or escaping from battlefield at the time of fighting are the wrath of Allah and Hell as their destination in the hereafter.

“O you who have believed, when you meet those who disbelieve advancing (for battle), do not turn to them your backs (in flight).

And whoever turns his back to them on such a day, unless swerving (as a strategy) for war or joining (another) company has certainly returned anger (upon him) from Allah, and his refuge is Hell – and wretched is the destination.” (QS. Al-Anfal : 15-16)

Allah has promised its people whoever sacrifice their lives, wealth, property in the way of Allah will rewarded with paradise. Therefore muslim are strongly forbidden for being run away during war except the condition as mentioned in the above verse.

5. Slandering 

The next most destructive sins in Islam is slandering specifically slandering a good believer & chaste woman for doing or committing adultery or the like. Here are the Quran verse of how destructive slandering chaste woman is,

“And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient.” (QS. An-Nur : 4)

“Indeed, those who (falsely) accuse chaste, unaware and believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter, and they will have a great punishment.” (QS. An-Nur : 23)

Chastity is human honor, slandering is destructive enough to ruin those honor. And not only that it create division among society and create mutual distrust. Read also about Effects of Slander in Islam.

6. Usury (riba)

Trading is allowed in Islam but adding an interest or specific increase is included as riba which are strongly forbidden in Islam.  There are two riba that muslism should avoid :

  • Riba fadl, this is a riba where someone sell a commodity to gain more of the same type of commodity. For example someone sell a kilo of rice to gain 2 kilo of rice and so forth.
  • Riba nasiah, this is an interest of loan or debt due to postponement or delay. For example we lend people $ 100 and gain $ 150 as exchange from the debtor at the payback date.

There are reasons for the prohibition of riba in islam which are causing moral crisis, economic crisis, bring harm to people and society and so forth.

7. Eating orphan’s wealth

“Indeed, those who devour the property of orphans unjustly are ony consuming into their bellies fire. And they will be burned in a Blaze.” (QS. An-Nisa : 10)

There is rights of orphans in Islam where an orphan should be taken care by us since they have lost their father in such a young age. It is our duty to care them and provide what they need. Therefore Islam cared them and consuming their wealth is strongly forbidden and unlawful.

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