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Major Sinners and Their Places in the Hereafter

Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz

An explanation on two verses from the Qurʾān regarding major sins and what falls under the umbrella of forgiveness.

[Q]: Allāh says in the Qurʾān that He does not forgive that partners are associated in worship alongside him, but he forgives anything less than that (Sūrah al-Nisāʾ, 4:116). He also says He is the most forgiving for whomever repents and believes and does righteous deed (Sūrah Ṭā Hā, 20:82). Is there a clash between these two verses? And what is the meaning of his statement “everything less than shirk (polytheism) for whomever he pleases” in the first ayāh.

Translated by: Mūsá Richardson

Published: March 14, 2018
Edited: September 4, 2023

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