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Shirk to commit sins and follow your desires

Fatwaa ID: 2309

Question:
Is committing sin and not having fear of Allah but having fear of people or to follow our desires considered to be shirk ? Kindly answer all 3 different scenarios

If we commit sins like listening music, giving bribe or consuming riba secretly when we don’t have people watching us because we fear for our reputation will it be considered shirk?
If we commit all such sins due to our weakness for money or for our love of listening to music yet we know that it is wrong because shariah does not permit these sins will it be considered shirk because we are following our desires over following commands of Allah(SWT).
If we stop consuming riba because government disallows it not because Allah has forbidden it will be considered shirk?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We take note of the various scenarios in your question. The above are all grave sins and put one’s faith in jeopardy if done carelessly and negligently. They may constitute to a lesser form of shirk but one would still remain in the fold of Islam. Sincere tawbah and istighfaar need to be made. The above actions indicate to a lack of faith and trust in Allaah Ta’aala. They show that a person has not fully recognized the greatness of Allaah Ta’aala. He should be reminded of his accountability to Allaah Ta’aala. He will have to stand in front of Him and account for His actions. The life of this world and its pleasures are temporal and short lived. It is not worth sacrificing the eternal for this.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

10/20/1445 AH – 04/29/2024 CE | 995

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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