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Sin, Major and Minor
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Greater and lesser transgressions of the law of God. The Qurʾān promises that God will forgive minor sins if human beings abstain from the major ones ( q 4:31; 53:31-2; see forgiveness ). The most common characterization of “major” sins in exegesis and theology is kabāʾir (sing. kabīra; literally the “big ones”), a term that occurs in this sense in the Qurʾān (cf. q 4:31; 42:37; 53:…

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Zaman, Muhammad Qasim, “Sin, Major and Minor”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00184>



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