208. The reason due to which Allah (azwj) Obligated the Fire upon the committers of the major sins

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حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا ابراهيم بن هاشم عن أبيه عن محمد بن أبي عمير عن اسماعيل بن يسار قال: سأل رجل أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن شرب الخمر، أشر الخمر أم ترك الصلاة؟ فقال: شرب الخمر أشر من ترك الصلاة، وتدرى لم ذاك؟ قال لا قال يصير في حال لا يعرف الله تعالى ولا يعرف من خالقه.

1. My father narrated to us, from Ibrahim Bin Hashim, from his father, from Muhammad Bin Abu Umeyr, from Ismail Bin Yasaar who said, ‘A man asked Abu Abdullah (a.s.) about drinking the wine, is the wine more evil or neglecting the Prayer?’ So he (a.s.) said: ‘Drinking of the wine is more evil than neglecting the Prayer. And do you know why that is so?’ He said, ‘No’. He (a.s.) said: ‘He becomes in a state in which he neither recognises Allah (azwj) the High, nor does he recognise the one who Created him’.