Hadith on Sins: Beware minor sins piling up like firewood

Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Beware of minor offenses, like people who descend into the bottom of a valley. One comes with a log and another log until they can bake their bread. Verily, when the one who persistently committed minor sins is taken to account for them, they ruin him.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 22808

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِيَّاكُمْ وَمُحَقَّرَاتِ الذُّنُوبِ كَقَوْمٍ نَزَلُوا فِي بَطْنِ وَادٍ فَجَاءَ ذَا بِعُودٍ وَجَاءَ ذَا بِعُودٍ حَتَّى أَنْضَجُوا خُبْزَتَهُمْ وَإِنَّ مُحَقَّرَاتِ الذُّنُوبِ مَتَى يُؤْخَذْ بِهَا صَاحِبُهَا تُهْلِكْهُ

22808 مسند أحمد

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