Pearl of Wisdom

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Islam, Pearls of wisdom


Today’s pearl of wisdom I heard from a brother during his Friday sermon. He said that there is an Arabic poetry that goes like this:

“There is no major sin that is too big for Allah’s rahmah;
There is no minor sin too small for Allah’s punishment.”

The mercy of Allah is very vast that even if a person come in front of Allah in the day of Judgement with sins as much as the heaven and the earth can bear, Allah will still forgive him as mentioned in a hadith qudsi that Allah SWT says:

“O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.”

The mercy of Allah can be described with a story from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab who narrated: “Some prisoners were brought to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and there was a woman among the prisoners who was searching (for her child). When she found her child she embraced him and put him to her breast. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to us, ‘Do you think that this woman would throw her child in the fire?’ We said, ‘No, by Allaah, not if she is able not to.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Allaah is more merciful to His slaves than this woman is to her child.’” Agreed upon. Al-Bukhaari, 5653; Muslim, 6912.

However, a true believer should not think that he/she can get away doing sins and hoping to be forgiven as long as they believe in oneness of Allah because the true meaning of submission and believe in Allah is realized through acts of obedience. Therefore, Muslims should not take lightly on matters regarding minor sins as disobeying Allah is always a serious matter. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“You counted it a little thing, while with Allah it was very great.” (Al-Noor 24:15)

In fact, one of the lectures that I have listened to mention that many of the people of this ummah will enter Hellfire due to their persistence in committing minor sins. Hence, the true believers must remain in a state between hoping for the mercy of Allaah and fearing His punishment, for Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Declare (O Muhammad) unto My slaves, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most-Merciful. And that My Torment is indeed the most painful torment.” (Al-Hijr 15:49-50)

May Allah guides us and opens our heart to accept truth. May He protects us from falling in committing sins and acts of disobedience to Him. May He guides us to always repent to Him and may He permits us to His Jannah with His mercy, ameen.


  1. Thanks for this post. I think a lot of what we deem ‘minor’ are deeds that we commit in speech, and they may have severe consequences (such as backbiting or slander). They roll of our tongues so easily, but our desire to relate stories about people betrays our diseased hearts and can destroy reputations, and family or community ties — no small deed.

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