You can do adultery or murder but what in Islam is the worst sin you can do? Or is it not believing in God/Allah?

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    Are you doing an essay on Islam or something? You seem to post a lot of questions:) – ZakC Jan 31 '16 at 11:23
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    No just interessting – Marijn Jan 31 '16 at 11:36
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    Well I hope the answer was satisfying :) – ZakC Jan 31 '16 at 11:58

Shirk, Associating partners with Allah (SWT), is the greatest sin. Shirk is not 'When you worship other than God', because the root word of Shirk means to associate.

The people of Makkah, and all the previous nations, had no problem with توحيد الربوبية, which means they believed in Allah (SWT) as the creator, but their problem was توحيد الالوهية, which is the Oneness of God. They believed in other Gods along with Allah (SWT), and that is Shirk.

Allah (SWT) says in Surat Al-Ankaboot

If you ask them as to who has created the heavens and the earth and has subjugated the sun and the moon, they will certainly say, “Allah”.(61)

But their problem with the Oneness of God is as described in Surat Al-A'raf (and many other Suras)

They said, “Have you come to us that we should worship Allah alone and give up what our fathers used to worship? (70)

Now, the word Shirk has a broader meaning other than association partners (Idols) with Allah (SWT). The Prophet (PBUH) told us in so many Ahadith, that Showing off is considered Shirk, because you associated someone else in your deed, whether is to get praised by others, or to get a promotion, etc...

Take this Hadith for example (In Sahih Muslim)

“Allah (SWT) said: I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus he who does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me.”

Simply, if your intention is not sincere to only Allah (SWT), that deed won't be accepted.

Allah knows the best.

  • Do they mean with 'associating' that you are going into relation with others Gods than Allah? – Marijn Jan 31 '16 at 15:07

Shirk. or Association.

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin. (Quran 4:48)

  • I don't understand assocation. When I translate that then it means something like getting in touch with Allah. But what is bad with that. And I cann't find the translation of Shirk. Can you explain that? – Marijn Jan 31 '16 at 12:11
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    When you worship other than God. It has many levels. Praying to Zeus as well as Allah, for example. Or praying to a saint. Etc. Basically having associates in the... God hood(?) – ZakC Jan 31 '16 at 12:20
  • @Marijn Association with Allah implies polytheism – servant-of-Wiser Jan 31 '16 at 19:13

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