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Fahisha or Fahash (Arabic: فُحْش, الفاحشة, فاحشة) is an Arabic word, commonly means lewdness and indecency. The opposite of Fahisha is Haya.
According to Islamic scholars, there are two opinions about the meaning of Fahisha:
And do not come near to Adultery; surely it has been an obscenity (Fahisha) and odious ways.— Sura Isra (17:32)
The major sins included in Fahisha are numerous. Islamic law considers as a major sin any act that the religion has warned Muslims against performing, or has promised harsh punishment for committing, or has prescribed a Hadd for it. Examples of major sins are disbelieving in Allah (God in Islam) after having believed in Him, killing an innocent soul, dealing with Riba (usury, interest), treating one's parents harshly, adultery, fornication, giving false testimonies, etc.
"When fahisa (sexual immorality/obscenity/adultery) spreads openly in a nation, there is an outbreak of disease in the form of plague epidemics. In addition, diseases arise which were not seen among people before."
The Qur'an says that prayer prevents fahisha and forbidden acts. In the Quran,
'(O Messenger!) The Book that has been revealed to you; Recite from it and establish prayer (Salah). Indeed, Salah prevents one from indecency (fahisha) and evil deeds (munkar). And the remembrance of Allah is the best. Allah knows what you do (Surah Ankabut: Verse 45)