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Chapter 28
ةروﺮﺿ ﺮﻴﻐﻟ ﺎﻬﺘﻋﺎﺷإ ﻦﻋ ﻲﻬﻨﻟاو ﻦﻴﻤﻠﺴﻤﻟا تارﻮﻋ ﺮﺘﺳ بﺎﺑ
Covering Faults of the Muslims
Allah, the Exalted, says:
"Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who
believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter.''
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ةﺮﻳﺮه ﻲﺑَأ ﻦﻋو
ﱠﻻِإ ﺎَﻴْﻧﱡﺪﻟا ﻲِﻓ ًاﺪْﺒﻋ ٌﺪْﺒَﻋ ُﺮُﺘْﺴﻳ ﻻ
ِﺔَﻣﺎﻴﻘْﻟا َمْﻮَﻳ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُﻩﺮَﺘَﺳ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"Allah will cover up on
the Day of Resurrection the defects (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world".
Covering up the shortcomings and faults of people is an excellent manner. That is why this quality is
very much liked by Almighty Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will give a matching reward to that man who
has such a quality, which means that Allah will forgive his sins and will not call him to account for his sins. If at all
He will do so, He will not do it publicly so that he is not embarrased before others. Then Allah may forgive him or
send him to Hell for a short while.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋو
ﻮﻘﻳ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ﺖﻌِﻤﺳ
ل :
ﱠنِإو ، َﻦﻳﺮهﺎﺠُﻤﻟا ﱠﻻِإ ﻰًﻓﺎَﻌُﻣ ﻲِﺘﱠﻣَأ ﱡﻞُآ
ُلﻮُﻘﻴَﻓ ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُﻩﺮَﺘَﺳ ْﺪَﻗَو َﺢﺒْﺼُﻳ ﱠﻢُﺛ ، ًﻼَﻤﻋ ِﻞﻴﻠﻟﺎﺑ ُﻞُﺟﱠﺮﻟا َﻞَﻤﻌﻳ نَأ ِةﺮهﺎﺠُﻤﻟا ﻦِﻣ
اَﺬآ َﺔَﺣِرﺎَﺒْﻟا ُﺖْﻠِﻤَﻋ ُنﻼﻓ ﺎَﻳ
َﻳ ُﺢﺒْﺼُﻳو ، ُﻪﱡﺑر ُﻩﺮﺘْﺴَﻳ َتﺎَﺑ ْﺪَﻗَو ، اَﺬَآَو
ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﺮْﺘِﺳ ُﻒﺸْﻜ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Every one of my
followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man
who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people): "I
committed such and such sin last night,' while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah has covered it up but
in the morning he tears up the cover provided by Allah Himself.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
We learn from this Hadith that commission of a sin due to human frailties on which one is ashamed
but does not like to express is something which might hopefully be forgiven by Allah. In fact, its remission after
penitence is almost sure. But to commit a sin openly is totally different because, firstly, the heart of such a person is
deprived of the fear of Allah. Secondly, he has no respect and regard for Divine injunctions. Thirdly, such a person
usually does not repent his sins. Fourthly, he makes a declaration of breach of Divine injunctions which amounts to
inviting His wrath and punishment.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ﻪﻨﻋو
ْبﱢﺮَﺜُﻳ ﻻو ، ﱠﺪﺤﻟا ﺎهْﺪﻠﺠﻴﻠَﻓ ﺎَهﺎﻧِز َﻦﻴﺒﺘَﻓ ُﺔﻣَﻷا ِﺖَﻧَز اَذِإ
ْﻮﻟو ﺎﻬَﻌﺒﻴْﻠَﻓ َﺔﺜﻟﺎﱠﺜﻟا ِﺖﻧَز ْنِإ ﱠﻢُﺛ ، ﺎَﻬْﻴَﻠَﻋ ْبﱢﺮﺜُﻳ ﻻو ﱠﺪﺤﻟا ﺎهْﺪﻠﺠﻴْﻠَﻓ ﺔﻴﻧﺎﱠﺜﻟا ِﺖَﻧَز ْنِإ ﱠﻢﺛ ، ﺎَﻬْﻴَﻠَﻋ
ٍﺮﻌﺷ ْﻦِﻣ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﻖﻔﺘﻣ
» ُﺐﻳِﺮْﺜﱠﺘﻟا
Abu Hurairah (May Allah bepleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"When a slave-girl
commits fornication and this fact of fornication has become evident, she must be given the penalty of (fifty) lashes
without hurling reproaches at her; if she does it again, she must be given the penalty but she should not be rebuked.
If she does it for the third time, he should sell her, even for a rope woven from hair (i.e., something worthless)".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
If a slave-girl is guilty of fornication, she is liable to a punishment of fifty stripes, and this
punishment can be given by her master. This Hadith is, in fact addressed to the master of such a slave-girl. The order
that one should not censure and reproach her is perhaps based on the consideration that she may abstain from such a
sin in future because politeness often proves more effective than reproach. If politeness proves ineffective and she
commits that sin again then that slave-girl should be sold for cheap.