Those sins which man fears and considers as major sins are not as dangerous as those sins which man considers to be minor. One is always careful not to commit major sins but when he assumes a sin to be minor and is not afraid of committing it, he is easily drawn to it over and over again. Eventually, committing minor sins repeatedly do become major sins.
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ قَالَ لِي رَسُولُ الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، يَا عَائِشَةُ إِيَّاكِ وَمُحَقَّرَاتِ الأَعْمَالِ فَإِنَّ لَهَا مِنَ الله طَالِبًا.
Ḥaḍrat Āishah رضي الله عنها narrated that, "The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said to me, ‘O ‘Aishah, beware of (evil) deeds that are regarded as insignificant, for they have a pursuer from Allāh (i.e. accountability).”
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Al-Awzā’ī رحمه الله said: “Once I heard Bilāl Ibn Sa’d (may Allāh have mercy on him) saying, 'Do not look at how small the sin is but instead look at how great is the One that you have disobeyed.'
قَالَ عَبْدُ الله ابن مسعود رضي الله عنه، إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ يَرَى ذُنُوبَهُ كَأَنَّهُ فِي أَصْلِ جَبَلٍ يَخَافُ أَنْ يَقَعَ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنَّ الْفَاجِرَ يَرَى ذُنُوبَهُ كَذُبَابٍ وَقَعَ عَلَى أَنْفِهِ قَالَ بِهِ هَكَذَا فَطَارَ.
Ḥaḍrat Abdullāh ibn Mas’ūd رضي الله عنه narrated that, "The believer sees his sins as if he is sitting at the foot of a mountain fearing that it might fall on him, while the sinner (fājir) sees his sins as a fly that lands on his nose, he just waves it away (values it as nothing, something minor).
عَنْ أَنَسٍ، رضى الله عنه، قَالَ إِنَّكُمْ لَتَعْمَلُونَ أَعْمَالاً هِيَ أَدَقُّ فِي أَعْيُنِكُمْ مِنَ الشَّعَرِ، إِنْ كُنَّا نَعُدُّهَا عَلَى عَهْدِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْمُوبِقَاتِ.
Ḥaḍrat Anas رضي الله عنه said, "You people do (bad) deeds which seem in your eyes as smaller than hair (minor), while we used to consider those (very deeds) during the life-time of the Prophet (ﷺ) as destructive sins."
Every sin, however small, is significant in one respect - it exceeds the boundries which have been set by Allāh, the Almighty.
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