Five Hadith about False Accusations

Five Hadith about False Accusations

Muhammad Muhsin

(7th year student of Jamia-tul-Madina Ghaus-e-Azam, Karachi)

It is morally wrong to engage in sins, but even worse is to falsely accuse others of disobeying Allah. Making accusations against another is called slander, and unfortunately, this ill has reached epidemic levels in our communities and seeks to undo the very fabric of our society. Making an accusation against another is a major sin which several hadith have condemned. For example:

1.   The merciful Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم stated, “Whosoever mentions a shortcoming of a Muslim which is not found in him, Allah Almighty will place him in Radghat al-Khabāl[1] until the punishment of his sin is completed.”[2]

2.   “Whosoever makes an accusation against a Muslim to disgrace him, Allah Almighty will stop him on the Bridge of Hell until he is punished in accordance with what he uttered.”[3]

3.   “Even before the feet of a false witness move, Allah Almighty makes the Fire necessary for him.”[4]

4.   The noble Prophet  صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّمsaid, “Accusing a chaste woman of adultery ruins a hundred years’ worth of good deeds.”[5]

5.   The beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once asked the Companions عَـلَيْهِمُ الرِّضْوَانْ, “Do you know who the impoverished person is?” The noble Companions replied, “The impoverished one from among us is the one who neither has dirham nor wealth.” The beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم responded:

The impoverished person from my nation is the one who will come forth on the Day of Judgement with salah, fasts, and zakat but he will have cursed someone, made an accusation against another, stolen the wealth of someone else, spilt the blood of another person, and struck someone. So, they will all be given a part of his deeds. If his deeds finish before the rights over him are fulfilled, their sins will be transferred to him. Then he will be cast into the Fire.[6]

May Allah Almighty protect us from making accusations and enable us to use our limbs in His obedience and in doing what pleases Him.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم

[1] The place in Hell where the blood and pus of its denizens is gathered.

[2] Sunan Abī Dāwūd, vol. 3, p. 427, adīth 3,597

[3] Sunan Abī Dāwūd, vol. 4, p. 355, adīth 4,883

[4] Sunan Ibn Mājah, vol. 3, p. 123, adīth 2,273

[5] Al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr, vol. 3, p. 169, adīth 3,023

[6] aī Muslim, p. 1,069, adīth 6,579




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