Do our desires toward islamicaly sinful activities like alcohol, music or pornography come under minor shirk? If a muslim dies without repenting from minor shirk, is there a chance he or she can still attain Paradise?
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The desire for sin is not considered shirk (associating partners with God) rather sinful.
Minor shirk does not take one out of the fold of Islam, therefore a believer who dies without repenting from minor shirk is able to be awarded Paradise by the Almighty.
Minor shirk is generally defined as ostentation or showing-off while doing a good deed. – (See: Rad-Al-Muḥtār, Page 609, Volume 9, Dār Al-Ālam Al-Kutub)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The thing I fear most for you is the lesser shirk (polytheism), showing-off [of good deeds].”–
Sheikh Yusuf Badat