“The diseases of the former peoples are creeping towards you, envy and hatred, and hatred is the razor; I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves the religion; and none of you has faith until he loves others; shall I tell you what will establish that for you? Spread peace between yourselves.” (Prophet Muhammed SAW, At-Tirmidhi)
Each passing day is bringing us closer to the Day of Judgment. As Prophet SAW warned us, closer to the Day of Judgment, there will be many trials and tribulations, and it will be very difficult to distinguish right from wrong.
“Years of treachery will come over people in which liars are believed and the truthful are denied, the deceitful are trusted and the trustworthy are considered traitors, and the al-Ruwaybaḍah will deliver speeches.” It was said, “Who are the al-Ruwaybaḍah?” The Prophet said, “Petty men with authority over the common people.” (Ibn Majah)
HATRED IS A RAZOR
We are living in precarious times. Everything seems to be upside down and most people, including Muslims, are far from any human decency and ways of the righteous. One of the growing problems among the Muslims is criticism and denunciation of others, especially of those who try to be ‘religious’ and perform righteous deeds. We look at them as if they are super-humans and have no right to commit sins or fall short. We expect from them a level of perfection only Messengers are capable of delivering.
When we see someone gaining reputation and fame, we turn the microscope on them and try to find any fault or mistake, and then amplify these shortcomings and spread them under the guise of ‘justice’ and ‘protecting the ummah’ from these people.
Who gives us the right to do so?
Allah SWT said,
Those who love (to see) scandal published (and) broadcast among the Believers will have a grievous penalty in this life and in the Hereafter: Allah knows and you know not. (An-Nur 24:19)
As predicted by the Prophet SAW, our understanding of our religion is skewed. We have forgotten what Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW have taught us. We are supposed to cover up the mistakes of Muslims, not expose them. There are entire chapters dedicated to this topic in the books of ‘ahadeeth’. This is especially so if we find out a sin or mistake of a person which is an incident, not his norm or habit. Besides this, there are many other points to be considered…
is the sin committed in public or private?
is the sin of the person harming him, or the Muslim masses?
is the person known for committing this sin?
is the information we have, even verified by credible sources, or could be a rumor from a hateful, jealous person?
is it a misunderstanding? etc.
Let’s take the worst-case scenario. The person committed the sin in private and it is verified. What am I to do?
What is my responsibility as a Muslim?
What does Allah SWT want from me?
Prophet Muhammad SAW said: “Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God SAW said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)
This is about spreading the verified information! What do you think Allah SWT and His Prophet SAW will say about sharing unverified information?
There is clear prohibition in Islam on disclosing, exposing, and criticizing the sins of believers.
Rasul Allah SAW said, “Do not criticize; you will not die unless you experience what you criticize.” (At-Tirmidhi)
He SAW also said, “a believer is not a fault-finder and is not abusive, obscene, or coarse.” (Ahmed)
Our religion is a religion of mercy and compassion. Forget about disclosing other’s sins, we are not allowed to disclose our own mistakes. Once a man came to Umar IbnKhattab RA and confessed of committing adultery. Umar RA told him ‘I didn’t hear you.’ The man repeated his claim of committing adultery three times and each time Umar RA told him off; then he turned to the man and said, ‘why do you expose about yourself what Allah SWT has concealed?’
Now imagine, if we go on and spread another person’s private sins and make them public?
We believe the nucleus of a nation is the family. The success of a nation depends on the strength of its families. You develop a family, you develop a nation and we hope to do just that!