Stages of haraam.
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i need to ask you few questions on Haram and halal, these question are based on the group discussion i had with my friends and we could reach to definite conclusion.
.lot of people say that there are degrees of punishment on various haram things? for example: few say that alcohol is haram and it is severe haram in nature, whereas cigaratte is also haram but it is less severe or lesser degree of Haram?
or in otherwords are there different stages haram or its just Haram?
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Stages of haraam
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Your Question: .lot of people say that there are degrees of punishment on various haram things?
In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, it is only obvious that just as there are various degrees of virtue, there are various degrees of sins.
Offering a prayer at all times is indeed a virtue, but to offer the same prayer in the Holy Mosque of Makkah, or in the month of Ramadan, or in the Night of Qadr earns more and multiple rewards.
The smoking of tobacco is indeed an evil and a sin in the Sight of the Lord, but because the prohibition and the prescribed punishment for consuming intoxicants is mentioned by name in the Quran and the Sunnah, the consumption of intoxicants like alcohol would indeed be a graver sin than the smoking of tobacco in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.
Your Question: ..or in otherwords are there different stages haram or its just Haram?
In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, it is only obvious that there are various stages of the haraam or the unlawfuland the barometer to determine the major from the minor is the level of its prohibition and its prescribed punishments in the Book and the Sunnah. The more severe the text or the bigger its prescribed punishment, the bigger would be its sin.
For example the absolute biggest crime or haraam in Islam is shirk or to associate other gods with the One and Only Supreme Lord.for this one crime is singled out by the Lord Most Mighty as absolutely unforgivable in the Hereafter and guaranteed the abode of Hell Fire!
Allah says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa Verse 48
Shirk (associating other deities with Allah) is the only sin that Allah does not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this, for whosoever associates any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie and commits the most heinous sin.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72:
Whoever commits shirk (invoking anything with
Allah), Allah shall forbid for him
Thus in conclusion it would be safe to determine that virtues and sins in Islam are not based on a horizontal plane where every virtue and every sin is the same.but they are graded on a vertical plane where each virtue has a different grade and rank and reward, and each evil has its own grade and rank and punishment. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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