Hadith regarding people who will come with mountains of good deeds that will be turned into scattered dust on the Day of Judgement

Q: I have recently read this Hadith:

Thawbaan (May Allah Ta'ala Be Pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (SallAllahu 'Alayhi Wa Sallam), (May Allah Ta'ala Exalt his mention) said: "Indeed I know a type of people from my nation who would come on the Day of Judgement with good deeds as big as the mountains of Tihaamah, pure, but Allah will turn them into scattered dust." Thawbaan (May Allah Ta'ala Be Pleased with him) asked in fear: "O Prophet of Allah! Describe them to us, we fear to be amongst them while we do not know." Thereupon, the Prophet (SallAllahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) (May Allah exalt his mention) said: "Indeed they are your brothers, and they perform acts of worship by night [prayers] in the same way you do, but when they are alone, they transgress the Limits of Allah." [Ibn Maajah and At-Tabaraani]

My question is this that does this Hadith include all types of sins and not just zina? Does it include listening to music, seing a non-mahram accidentally twice in public?

A: The hadeeth is general. When it is general then it is safest to apply it generally.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

قال أبو حنيفة رضي الله عنه المظاهر إذا جامع امرأته في خلال الإطعام لا يستأنف الإطعام لأن الكتاب مطلق في حق الإطعام فلا يزاد عليه شرط عدم المسيس بالقياس على الصوم بل المطلق يجري على إطلاقه والمقيد على تقييده (أصول الشاشي صـ 33)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)