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    Sin

    A breach of the laws and norms laid down by a religion. The sin may be one of omission or commission; any violation of a religious law or ethical norm is a sin, but one is held accountable only for those intentionally committed. It arises from a willful misuse of humans' God-given freedom. Islam recognizes major and minor sins; holding someone or something equal to God (shirk) is the most serious and unforgivable sin. Islam does not accept the theory of original sin; Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, then sought and received forgiveness.

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