Obstinacy (Inâd) and Arrogance (Mukabara)

Obstinacy (inâd) and “mukâbara” is one’s rejection of the truth when one hears it. Abû Jahl and Abû Tâlib were obstinate not to accept the prophethood of Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sal-lam’. They denied it. Obstinacy (inâd) is caused by hypocrisy, hatred(hiqd), jealousy, or tama’ Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sal-lam’ said, “The person whom Allâhu…

Hypocrisy (Nifaq)

Hypocrisy (nifâq) is a person’s inwardly being different from what he pretends to be. When a person who has disbelief in his heart says he is a Believer with his speech, his action is religious hypocrisy. If a person who has the animosity in his heart pretends friendship with his behavior, this would be a…

Malediction Over Muslims

Two hadîth-i-sherîfs read as follows: “Do not pronounce maledictions over yourselves or over your offspring. Acquiesce in what Allâhu ta’âlâ foreordained. Pray so that He will increase His blessings.” “Maledictions pronounced over you by your parents or by the oppressed over their oppressor will not be rejected (by Allâhu ta’âlâ).” A person who prays that…

Giving Improper Names to Muslims

Giving improper names to a Muslim or calling a Muslim an improper name given by others is not permissible. Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sal-lam’ states in a hadîth-i-sherîf:“A person who has an improper name should change it to a good name.” For example, the name ‘Âsiya’ ought to be replaced with ‘Jamîla’. It is permissible…

Rejection of An Excuse

Rejecting an excuse shown by a Muslim is makrûh[34]. It is stated in a hadîth-i-sherîf: “It is a sin not to accept an excuse shown by your Muslim Brother.” Accepting excuses and overlooking faults are Attributes of Allâhu ta’âlâ. Allâhu ta’âlâ will be wrathful towards a person who does not adapt himself to these Attributes,…

Erroneous Explanation of the Qur’an Al-kerîm

“Tafsîr” means stating and discovering. It is a process of informing and explaining. “Ta’wîl” means ‘recision’ or ‘recourse’. “Tafsîr” means to give a meaning. “Ta’wîl” means ‘to make a choice from several possible meanings.” It is not permissible to state your personal views in the name of tafsîr. Riwâyat (reporting, transmission, narration) is the foundation…

Backbiting (Ghiybat)

Ghiybat means to backbite a Believer or a (non-Muslim citizen termed) zimmî by mentioning (one of) their faults in order to vilify them. Ghiybat is harâm. It is not ghiybat if the listener does not know the person backbitten. If the person who has been backbitten would be sad if he heard it, then it…

Not Making Tawba

Tawba is the sorry feeling after committing a forbidden action and then having the fear of Allâhu ta’âlâ and having a strong resolution not to do it again. Repentance for fear of a worldly loss that you may incur is not tawba. While one is committing several different sins, one’s tawba for some of the…