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People’s Responsibility toward the Repentant

taunting others

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And it was said that four things are obligatory on the people regarding those who repent:

  1. They love him because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala loves him
  2. They protect him through du’a [supplication] that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala keeps him steadfast on repentance
  3. They do not taunt him for his past sins
  4. They sit in his company, have colloquium with him and help him

These are the adaab [etiquette] of a Muslim. A Muslim does not leave his brother alone. He neither taunts people nor criticizes them for their past sins. Rather, he is a well wisher and prays for their steadfastness on the right path.

[Whoever Taunts His Brother]

It also tells us that we if we are the sinner (as no one is immune from it) then we should not pay heed to what others say about us. Our matter is with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. All our sins and righteous deeds are in His Sight. We don’t need to give justifications to the people after crying and sincerely repenting before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. But we also need to ask for steadfastness for ourselves so that we don’t slip back into what we have repented for.

[Reminding the Sinner of His Sins After His Repentance]

Notice that while in the previous posts we have been encouraged to distance from people and talk less, over here we are taught to sit in the company of the people and have colloquium with them. It tells us that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala does not want us to live in isolation or stay mum. He encourages healthy, intellectual discussions where the purpose is seeking the correct knowledge and not talking about people behind their backs.

[Sunnah of Meeting People]

We should have such gatherings so that our bonds grow stronger and our faith increases.

[NOTE: This is a rough English translation of the Arabic book and lessons discussed in the class. Listen to the Urdu lectures on this book hereDownload the book (in Arabic and Urdu).]

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