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the Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa criticize others when they have many not enter Jannah until you believe,
sallam) when a man came to him and faults themselves. and you shall not believe until you
said advise me, “(Laa Taqhdab) Do It was said to Rabee’ ibn Khaytham, love one another. Shall I not guide
not become angry!” “We never see you finding fault in you to something that – if you do it
Wanting to Make or Keep Friends others.” He replied, “I am not satisfied – you shall love one another? Spread
In order to maintain friends with with myself enough to dedicate my Salam amongst yourselves.”
others, a person indulges in backbiting time to finding faults in others.” And in Bukhari and Muslim, from
because he is afraid of losing Uqbah ibn Aamir narrates: I said, AbdAllah ibn Amr: a man came to
their friendship. Thus he does not “O RasulAllah! What is salvation?” Rasul Allah and asked him, “Which
reprimand them when they backbite, He (sal Allahu alayhi wa Sallam) Islam is the best?” He said, “To feed
but indulges in it with them. said, “Hold your tongue! Your house the hungry and to give salam to those
To cure this he must remember the should suffice you! And cry over your you know and those you don’t know.”
saying of the Messenger (sallAllahu (own) faults!” – authentic, narrated by Giving gifts to your brothers and
‘alaihi wa sallam) “Whoever seeks the Tirmidhi. sisters
pleasure of men by displeasing Allah, Shaykh Al-Qarnee narrates in Suffice is the statement of Rasul
Allah will abandon him to the people.” one of his lectures: Abu Bakr once Allah, “Tahaaddu Tahaabbu. (Give
[At-Tirmidhi] disputed with another companion Gifts and you shall love one another).”
Playing Around, Joking and Making about a tree. During the dispute Abu – narrated by Imam Bukhari in his
Fun of Others Bakr said something that he rather book al-Adab al-Mufrad. Saheeh
This could involve mockery and would not have said. He did not curse, lishawaahidih.
sarcasm. It is enough to remind those he did not attack someone’s honor, he Telling your brother or sister that
indulging in this practice of what did not poke a fault in anyone, all he you love them for the sake of Allah
Allah, the Most High said: “O you said was something that may have This is one of the ways to solidify the
who believe! Let not a group scoff hurt the companion’s feelings. brotherhood/sisterhood when your
at another group, it may be that the Immediately, Abu Bakr ordered him, brother or sister knows that you love
latter is better than the former...” [Al- “Say it back to me!” The companion them.
Hujuraat 49:11] It could very well be said, “I shall not say it back to me.” These days people are loved for
that Allah loves them and does not “Say it back to me,” said Abu Bakr, “Or the clothes they wear, so they buy
love us. I shall complain to the Messenger of more expensive clothes. Others are
Anger for the Sake of Allah Allah.” The companion refused to say loved for the cars they drive, so they
A person may become angry because it back and went on his way. buy newer models. But how many are
of a sin committed by another person Abu Bakr went to Rasul Allah loved for the sake of Allah, and what
so he talks about it venting his anger and told what had happened and kind of effect would that have?
and mentioning that person’s name what he said. Rasul Allah called that Rasul Allah showed us the
instead of concealing it and not companion and asked him, “Did Abu example when he said to Mu’aadh,
mentioning him. Bakr say so and so to you?” He said, “O Mu’aadh! I love you for the sake
Sufyaan ibn al-Husayn narrates: I “Yes.” He said, “What did you reply.” of Allah!” Allahu akbar! Imagine if it
was sitting with Iyaas ibn Mu’aawiyah He said, “I did not reply it back to him.” were you that Rasul Allah said it to.
when a man walked by and I said ill of Rasul Allah said, “Good, do not reply Mu’aadh replied, “May He whom you
that man. “Keep Quiet!” Iyaas said to it back to him (do not hurt Abu Bakr). have loved me for love you also.”
me. “Have you fought the Romans?” I Rather say, ‘May Allah forgive you O In conclusion, if you remember only
said no. He asked, “Have you fought Abu Bakr!’” one thing today, let it be the following
the Turk?” I said no. He then said, The Companion turned to Abu words of Rasul Allah. Take it as your
“The Romans were saved from you Bakr and said, “May Allah forgive you motto until it carries you to Jannah:
and likewise the Turk were saved from O Abu Bakr! May Allah forgive you O He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
you. But your own Muslim brother was Abu Bakr!” Abu Bakr turned and cried said, “Whoever believes in Allah and
not saved!” Sufyaan said, “After that I as he walked away. the last Day, let him say good things
never backbited anyone.” How can we revive this air of mercy or keep quiet!”
Having Too Much Spare Time and love and brotherhood that the
This can cause a person to fall into companions lived? The Messenger
backbiting, because it is easy for of Allah showed us in the following
Do you want
such an idle mind to become busy ways:
with men, their honor and their faults. Having Ieman in Allah and doing
To correct this a person must spend acts of goodness.
to have
his time in acts of obedience to Allah, [96. On those who believe and work
worship, seeking knowledge, and deeds of righteousness, will the
teaching others. Most Gracious bestow love.] Surah
your say?
Conceit and Lack Of Awareness Of Spreading Salam to those whom
One’s Faults you know and those whom you do
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Such people should think about not. artilce for consideration to
their own faults and try to correct In Sahih Muslim, from Abu
themselves and feel ashamed to Hurayrah: RasulAllah said, “You shall
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