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– avoid guesswork about one another

Al-Hujurat 49:12

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱجْتَنِبُوا۟ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِثْمٌۖ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا۟ وَلَا يَغْتَب بَّعْضُكُم بَعْضًاۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُۚ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَّحِيمٌ

O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.

The Prohibition of Unfounded Suspicion

Allah the Exalted forbids His faithful servants from being suspicious, which includes having doubts and suspicions about the conduct of one’s family, relatives and other people in general. Therefore, Muslims are to avoid suspicion without foundation.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ امَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ

O you who believe!

Avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicion is sin.

Allah the Exalted forbids His faithful servants from being suspicious, which includes having doubts and suspicions about the conduct of one’s family, relatives and other people in general. Therefore, Muslims are to avoid suspicion without foundation.

The Leader of the faithful Umar bin Al-Khattab said,

“Never think ill of the word that comes out of your believing brother’s mouth, as long as you can find a good excuse for it.”

Malik recorded that Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said that Allah’s Messenger said,

إِيَّاكُمْ وَالظَّنَّ فَإِنَّ الظَّنَّ أَكْذَبُ الْحَدِيثِ

وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا

وَلَا تَحَسَّسُوا

وَلَا تَنَافَسُوا

وَلَا تَحَاسَدُوا

وَلَا تَبَاغَضُوا

وَلَا تَدَابَرُوا

وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللهِ إِخْوَانًا

Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales;

do not spy on one another;

do not look for other’s faults;

do not be jealous of one another;

do not envy one another;

do not hate one another; and

do not desert (shun) one another.

And O Allah’s servants! Be brothers!

The Two Sahihs and Abu Dawud recorded this Hadith.

Anas said that the Messenger of Allah said,

لَاا تَقَاطَعُوا

وَلَا تَدَابَرُوا

وَلَا تَبَاغَضُوا

وَلَا تَحَاسَدُوا

وَكُونُوا عِبَادَ اللهِ إِخْوَانًا

وَلَا يَحِلُّ لِمُسْلِمٍ أَنْ يَهْجُرَ أَخَاهُ فَوْقَ ثَلَثَةِ أَيَّام

Do not shun each other;

do not ignore one another;

do not hate one another, and

do not envy one another,

and be brothers, O servants of Allah.

No Muslim is allowed to shun his brother for more than three days.

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