Daily Archives: March 29, 2013

Judging others

As Muslims, the default assumption we should have about other people in any matter is that they are free of blame. Islam demands fairness and impartiality when it comes to judging others.

… Allah says: “And when you speak, then be just, though it be (against) a relative.” [Sûrah al-An`âm: 152]

He also says: “O you who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of any people make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do. ” [The Holy Quran, Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 8]

It is wrong for a person to accuse anyone else of something wrong except with full knowledge and tangible proof. It is forbidden to base a judgment against someone on hearsay, conjecture or suspicion.

Allah says: “O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.”

[The Holy Quran, Sûrah al-Hujurât: 5]

He also warns us: “O you who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a sin.”

[ The Holy Quran, Sûrah al-Hujurât: 12]

In those cases where one is compelled to mention another person’s faults, it is best to mention that person’s good points as well. It is wrong to exaggerate the importance of the person’s error or stress the fault too much, especially if it is possible that the error was an honest mistake or in a matter where the truth is not 100% clear.

If a person’s error is clearly manifest and established by solid evidence, then it is not wrong to warn people against the error and clarify the truth. However, that correction must be carried out appropriately, in a gentle manner that does not drive people away. The mistake itself should be corrected without delving into anything beyond that. For example, the person who made the mistake should not be accused of having bad intentions or an evil motive.

Al-Dhahabî, speaking about the mistakes of the scholars, said the following: [Siyar al-A`lâm al-Nubalâ’ (14/374)]:

If we were to discredit every person who made mistake in judgment or declare those people as innovators – people who are essentially of good faith and sincerely seek the truth – then scarcely would any of our scholars be spared.

Speaking about Qatâdah – the illustrious Successor – he said [Siyar al-A`lâm al-Nubalâ’ (2/271)]:

He was one who asserted human free will to the extent of denying Divine Decree over human actions. We ask Allah to protect us from such ideas. On the other hand, no one ever doubted his honesty in the least, or his integrity, or the strength of his memory. It is quite possible that Allah forgives the likes of him for falling into certain innovated ideas with no other intention but to glorify Allah and to hold Him far above (the bad deeds that people commit.) Allah is the judge who is just and merciful towards His servants. He is not to be asked about what He does.

We should keep in mind that people of knowledge, intelligence, integrity, and piety – who are meticulous in investigating matters and who are quite often correct in their conclusions – they are to be pardoned when they err in their judgment on occasion.

Their good qualities and good work should not be dismissed. Of course, we do not follow what is shown to be wrong, regardless of who the mistake came from. However, we do not use it to discredit the good that a person has done.

And Allah knows best.

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Uncountable Blessings of Allah swt

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We cannot count blessings of Allah on us.
Allah SAW has blesses mankind with uncountable blessings. When we loose something than we are able to know its value.
Just ask about the value of:

1. Parents from orphan
2. Husband from widow
3. Child from Childless person
4. Eyes from blind
5. Listening from deaf
6. Wealth from poor
7. Health from patient
8. Colours from colour blinds
9. Liberty from prisoners
10. Food from hungry person
11. Water from thirsty person
12. Peace from depressed/anxious person

This is just a small list of Blessings of Allah SWT among millions.

Allah swt has rightly said in the Holy Quran:

And if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever .(The Holy Quran, Surah Ibrahim 14:34)

We should be grateful on blessings of Allah swt and should bear this thing in mind that Allah swt is pleased with grateful people and He gets angry when a person is Thankless.This reality has been mentioned in the Holy Quran in the following way:

And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks , I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless , verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” (The Holy Quran, Surah Ibrahim 14:7)

So we should always Thank Allah SWT for his blessings on us and we should use these blessings for right purposes.See More