“Worship other gods along with Allah * Practice Sorcery * Kill the life Allah has forbidden except for a just cause * Eat up with usury * Eat up an orphan’s wealth * Treason and flight from the battlefield * False accusation against a chaste woman
This sort of list is part of collective Islamic tradition. often created as a negative notice-board in response to the Five Pillars of Islam and the Seven Deadly Sins so beloved by Christian medieval scholarship. There are many variants but all include usury (riba), murder, and the sin of shirk (associating others with Allah).”
Excerpted from: Rogerson, Barnaby. Rogerson’s Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers–from 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World. New York: Picador, 2013.