From Extremism: Making permissible the honor of your Brother …

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:


Here is an Arabic lecture by Shaykh Sa’d Ash-Shithri (may Allah preserve him):


Before we get into the translation I’d like to share with you who the Shaykh is. His full name is Shaykh Sa’d bin Naasir bin Abdul-Aziz (Abu Habib) Ash-Shithri. He has a doctorates degree in Usool Al-Fiqh (The Foundations/Fundamentals of Jurisprudence — those tools that are required in extracting Islamic legislative rulings from evidences) as well as Qur’anic Memorization. Also, he is also a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Committee of Major Scholars.




From the types of extremism: making permissible the honor of others that do not lean in the same direction (or on the same way) you do. So, you find some people, whoever agrees with him, he praises him and publicly praises him. And the one whoever disagrees with him he criticizes him and makes permissible his honor. Every thing that he finds from his shortcomings, shames, or dispraisworthy things he talks about and effects the people. This is from the types of legislatively dispraised backbiting, and it is not permissible for a person to do that. The Most High said,


“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting).” (1)


Surely The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) explained that Gheebah (backbiting) is: mentioning your brother with that which he doesn’t like. They (The Sahabah) said, “And if you see that it is in him (i.e., from his qualities — in other words its true)?” He [sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said, “And if it is in him then indeed you backbit him; and if it is not in him, then you slandered him.” (2) From this, it is obligatory for a person to stay away from criticizing others and talking about their shame worthy traits, for indeed this is in opposition to the Shari’ah.


CAPTION READS: It is obligatory upon your Muslim brother


When you find in your brother an action that is not pleasing: advise, guide, and clarify to him the affair. Do not make him an enemy, fight him, and talk about his honor. Don’t let this be a reason for you to oppress him. No! Try to work to bring him back to that which is good and correct, [do so] in an appropriate fashion that will be convincing to him.



(1): Surah Al-Hujuraat 49:12

(2): Muslim



And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.



Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Shawwal 23, 1432 — September 21, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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