Exposing Others’ Sins, Part 1


Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad asid:

“Whoever seeks a brother without faults would never have a brother to be his friend.” (1)

Once Talhah came to ‘Abdul-Jabbaar Ibn Waa’il whle he was sitting with some people, so he whispered something to him and then left. He (Talhah) asked them, “Do you know what he just said to me?

He said, “Yesterday I saw that you had looked around whle you were performing the prayer.” (2)

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said:

“Whenever a man would see something from his brother that he dislikes, he would give him orders in private and forbid him in private. Conversely, he would be rewarded for him screening his brother and also rewarded for forbidding evil. As for today, whenever a man sees what he dislikes he angers his brother and unveils his screen.” (3)

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“The Believer screens and gives sincere advice and the wicked evil doer unveils and exposes.” (4)

Footnotes:

(1) Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 169

(2) Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 197

(3) Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 197

(4) Jaami’ul ”Uloom Wal-Hikam, p.77

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