Judging Others

February 14, 2010

We live in a society that is based on judging others.  Often times, as Muslims, we tend to do the same thing in that we judge other people.  We think we know others’ intentions or we know where their heart stands.  We may look for a reason to pass judgment on a specific brother or sister or we may look for an excuse to consider them ‘off the manhaj’ as it is so often known as. 

However, in reality, ask yourself, “Who are we to judge others?”  As Muslims, we want and wish for the best for our brothers and sisters in faith.  They are a part of our family and thus we want nothing but the best for them.  What happened to making excuses and excuses for our brothers and sisters?  Who are we judge others?  No doubt, as Muslims, it is our duty to advise others and it is our duty to command the good and forbid the evil.  What would happen if we didn’t pass judgment on them, rather we just advised them instead?  Would something befall upon us?  Allah is the Judge and He will judge the people for indeed we do not know what is in the hearts of others, rather Allah knows what is in the breasts of mankind.

Imam Malik stated, “If I was given 99 reasons to declare a person deviant and one upholding their orthodoxy, I’d go with the latter!”  Imam al-Ghazali stated, “The hypocrite looks for faults, the believer looks for excuses.”  Al-Hafidh al-Dhahabi wrote, “I heard our Sheikh, Ibn Taymiyyah, d. 728 a.h, say towards the end of his life, ‘I will never declare anyone from the people of the Qiblah (Muslim direction of prayer) as an infidel.’”

Ask yourself, do you REALLY want the best for your brother or sister if you’re looking for an excuse to throw them outside the fold of Ahlus-Sunnah or worse yet, even Islam?  Oh Muslim, make excuses for one another.  Make dua for one another.  Love one another.  The Messenger (SAW) of God told us that we would not attain faith until we love one another.  He (SAW) also told us that one is not a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.  Therefore, O Muslim, attain faith, become a believer (Mumin)!  May Allah (SWT) allow us all to be believers.  Ameen.


4 Responses to “Judging Others”

  1. Abed Says:

    “Al-Hafidh al-Dhahabi wrote, “I heard our Sheikh, Ibn Taymiyyah, d. 728 a.h, say towards the end of his life, ‘I will never declare anyone from the people of the Qiblah (Muslim direction of prayer) as an infidel.’””

    That really hit me. Not that I was ever in disagreement with that sort of thing but that is an incredible way of both perceiving it and saying it…so concise.

    jazakallah khayr!

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  3. Bilal Khan Says:

    These sayings of the scholars are about the kufr/shirk where ignorance or other things may be an excuse. there are certain things where there is no excuse and one has to know the difference between iman and kufr. Quran tells us to declare kufr on taghut or to reject taghut. If we do not declare taghut to be taghut we can’t declare kufr on it or reject it. If a person of kiblah mocks any verse of Quran that is clear kufr. similarly if anyone rejects Quran or any verse in it, that is clear kufr. if we do not declare it as kufr our imaan would be lost. i.e. it implies we mean that perhaps the person rejecting part of the Quran is still muslim and is an acceptable matter. we need to study deen to understand the difference between things which are tolerable and things which are untolerable. we should be very clear on what is imaan and what is kufr. what is to be rejected and what is to be accepted. and Allah (swt) knows best.

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