Degrees of sin

Q. Is there a difference between sins? Is telling a white lie the same as murder and /or rape, and so on?

Yes, there is a great difference. The latter two are enormities (kaba’ir). Telling a small lie is far less offensive. If you lie in order to reconcile a husband with his wife, for example, it is actually praiseworthy. E.g. in telling each that he/she spoke well of the other when that is not necessarily the case, in order to move their hearts towards reconciliation. And Allah knows best.

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

© 2012 As-Sunnah Foundation of America

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