The Reality of Humiliating Others

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ibn Hajar Haytami placed Humiliating Others in Islams list of Enormities and he defined it as, blackening a Muslim’s name and searching out his shameful points so as to disgrace and humiliate him before others.

Enormities are the Major sins of Islam which include acts like Murder, about which the Prophet (saws) said stay away from the enormities and i will guaranty you heaven and He (saws) similarly said Allah forgives a Muslim his minor sins.

It is not permissible in Islam to transmit knowledge from a person who is involved in humiliating others they are untrustworthy people as Narrators, Judges, Faqih or Leaders in the Community.

The transmitter must be an upright person (‘adl) at the time of reporting the Hadith. The minimum requirement of this condition is that the person has not committed a major sin and does not persist in committing minor ones; nor is he known for persistence in degrading profanities such as eating in the-public thoroughfare, associating with persons of ill repute and indulgence in humiliating jokes.

The ullumah have said, Merely making people feel that the way of his travel is unsafe is to commit an enormity, so how than if such a person should take money?

Allah Most High says to the people who Hurt and Revile Muslims:

(1) “Those who hurt believing men and women who have done nothing to deserve it shall bear the burden of calumny and open sin (Koran 33:58).

(2) ‘Do not spy and do not slander one another (Koran 49: 12).

(3) Woe to whoever disparages others behind their back or to their face” (Koran: 104:1).

(4) Verily, as for those who like [to hear] foul slander spread against [any of] those who have attained to faith grievous suffering awaits them in this world and in the life to come: for God knows [the full truth], whereas you know [it] not. (Koran 24:19).

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

(1) The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim. He does not oppress him, hang back from coming to his aid, or belittle him. It is sufficiently wicked for someone to demean his fellow Muslim,”

(2) By Allah, he does not believe. By Allah, he does not believe. By Allah, he does not believe,” Someone asked, “Who. O Messenger of Allah?” And he said, “He whose neighbor is not safe from his evil conduct.”

(3) Someone said, O Messenger of Allah, So-and-so spends her nights praying and her days fasting, but there is something in her tongue that maliciously injures her neighbors.” He replied, “There is no good in her, she will go to hell”

(4) “When I was taken up in the Ascent (Mi’raj), I passed by people with fingernails of copper who were raking their faces and chests with them. I asked, ‘Who are they, Gabriel?’ and he said, ‘They are those who slandered others and attacked their reputations.” “

(5) “No man charges another with corruption or unbelief, save that the charge returns against himself if the other is not as he said,”

(6) Do not revile the dead, for they have gone on to what they have sent ahead.

“Verily, those who offend Allah and His messenger are cursed by Allah in this world and the next, and He has prepared for them a humiliating torment” (Koran 33:57),

The Reality of the Act of Humiliating Others

Muawiyah  said I heard the Apostle of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم (Peace be upon him) say: If you search for the faults of the people, you will corrupt them, or will nearly corrupt them. Abu Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) said: These are the words which Muawiyah himself heard from the Apostle of Allah (Peace be upon him), and Allah benefited him by them.[Sunan Abu Dawood, Hadith no. 4888]

Searching for people’s Faults is a source of corruption in society, in searching for the fault of a person your are also spying so in reality you are committing the Sin of searching for a persons fault, the Sin of Spying, the Sin of Slander and the Sin of spreading corruption on earth, and Allah said about people who do this from a place of Authority in the Quran;

The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement (5:33) 

إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُصْلِحُ عَمَلَ الْمُفْسِدِ ينَ

This is the reality of the Jassus (spy) who spreads corruption among people; 

“Allah loves not those who do mischief.” (28:77),

“And hold in your mind’s eye what was the end of those who did mischief” (7:86)

“So see what was the end of those who made mischief.”(7:103)

“Truly Pharaoh elated himself in the land and broke up its people into sections, depressing a small group among them: their sons he slew, but he kept alive their females: for he was indeed a maker of mischief.” (28:4)

Our Lives are Ahadith

A Young man decides to do something that will bring him closer to Allah, He decides he should go to the masjid and spend the night there in Ibadah for Allah’s sake, he wanted to be sincere so he decides to walk there, it is roughly a two and a half hour walk as it is two towns over from his. So he prepares for the journey packs his bag with some light food and water and sets out in the middle of the night. Along the way he notices Allah has made the journey easy for him as he doesn’t notice any hardship and it is an uneventful trip, he arrives at the Masjid not knowing if it will be open at this time and Alhamdullilah it is.

He enters the Masjid and makes the Adhan, He then notices a warm feeling of greeting in his heart, He perceives it is the Mu’min Jinn that reside there welcoming him. He sits down and opens the Quran and decides to begin by writing down the Quran on paper, after he finishes he begins to recite the Quran, his recitation isn’t perfect and he begins to notice he is receiving some help by being prompted and corrected on it’s proper recitation, he again perceives, this is the Mu’min Jinn of the Masjid who regularly help the muslims in reading the Quran.

As he is reciting he notices the time for the Fajir Prayer is nearing and the caretaker of the Masjid has arrived, He is the person responsible for teaching the Quran to children in the morning, as the caretaker walks in he recognises who the young man is even though the young man doesn’t know him. The young man notices something has changed and he isn’t receiving the same help in reciting. The caretaker after seeing him begins to question him, at first they are simple questions, then the questions became personal about the young mans life, about things the caretaker shouldn’t know about him.

As the young man is being Questioned he notices his heart is calmed and the light around him increasing, the more the caretakers questions became personnel the stronger the light became, until at the end Allah grants him a vision of himself sitting in front of Rasul Allah (saws) on the day of Judgment, then Allah placed in his heart what he had decreed in that moment, the reason for the Light and vision he had given him.

The caretaker had information about the young man from Tajasus (spying) which he shouldn’t have had and he used it to put the young mans life on trial that night, while the young man was in the masjid for the sake of Allah. Allah took the caretakers deeds he earned by teaching the Quran, because He judged the young mans life, and granted them to the person He was Judging.

The caretaker didn’t notice what had occurred and continued with his harassment, but the young man understood what Allah had done. The young man left to go home after praying Fajir, He later recalled the verse in the Quran that commanded people not to spy, and the command to enter houses by their front doors, that meant we shouldn’t have access to the people inside by any other means, and the account of Umar (r.a) when he wanted to catch a man doing Haram so he did so by spying through his window, after which Umar (r.a) sought the mans forgiveness as he didn’t remember what Allah had said in that moment, only after he began spying.

The young man understood the consequences these kind of people will face through their actions, that they have no regret or second thought over.

The Messenger of Allah (saws) related in a Hadith Qudsi: A man said: By Allah, Allah will not forgive So-and-so. At this Allah the Almighty said: Who is he who swears by Me that I will not forgive So-and-so? Verily I have forgiven So-and-so and have nullified your [own good] deeds (Muslim).

Allah Judges people everyday and we don’t notice, just because we don’t have the Messenger of Allah (saws) to tell us these events in the form of a Hadith doesn’t mean it isn’t occurring. How many Hasanat (deeds that are rewarded by Allah) do these kind of people still have in their life, they think they are living without judgment, Ghaflah (heedlessness) leads to much sin, as Umar (r.a) understood you need to remember Allah in all your actions in Life, other wise find a place where He (Azza wa Jall) doesn’t see you, you wont be able to do it.

Allah is al Hayul Qayum and every day and moment He (Azza wa Jall) is about something.

وَالسَّمَاء رَفَعَهَا وَوَضَعَ الْمِيزَانَ

55:7 And the skies has He raised high, and has devised [for all things] a measure,

أَلَّا تَطْغَوْا فِي الْمِيزَانِ

55:8 so that you [too, O men,] might never transgress the measure [of what is right]:

وَأَقِيمُوا الْوَزْنَ بِالْقِسْطِ وَلَا تُخْسِرُوا الْمِيزَانَ

55:9 weigh, therefore, [your deeds] with equity, and cut not the measure short!

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يَسْأَلُهُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ هُوَ فِي شَأْنٍ

55:29 On Him depends all creatures in the heavens and on earth; [and] every day He manifests Himself in yet another way.

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:30 Which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow?

سَنَفْرُغُ لَكُمْ أَيُّهَا الثَّقَلَانِ

55:31 [ONE DAY] We shall take you to task, O you sin-laden two! (Men and Women)

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:32 Which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow?

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يُعْرَفُ الْمُجْرِمُونَ بِسِيمَاهُمْ فَيُؤْخَذُ بِالنَّوَاصِي وَالْأَقْدَامِ

55:41 All who were lost in sin shall by their marks be known, and shall by their forelocks and their feet be seized!

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:42 Which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow?

هَذِهِ جَهَنَّمُ الَّتِي يُكَذِّبُ بِهَا الْمُجْرِمُونَ

55:43 This will be the hell which those who are lost in sin [now] call a lie:

يَطُوفُونَ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَ حَمِيمٍ آنٍ

55:44 between it and [their own] burning-hot despair will they wander to and fro!

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:45 Which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow?

وَلِمَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ جَنَّتَانِ

55:46 BUT FOR THOSE who of their Sustainer’s Presence stand in fear, two gardens [of paradise are readied] –

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:47 which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow? –

ذَوَاتَا أَفْنَانٍ

55:48 [two gardens] of many wondrous hues.

فَبِأَيِّ آلَاء رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ

55:49 Which, then, of your Sustainer’s powers can you disavow?

Dont think “how will you rid yourself of Ghaflah”, think “how you will prepare yourself for the task”.

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