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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Praising Transgressors

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When any man praises a transgressor, Allah hates him.” [Ihya Ulum Id-Din by Imam Ghazali]

Once Khalifa Hesham bin Abdul Malek went to Makkah for pilgrimage. When he entered the sanctuary of the Ka’ba he called for the pious man Taus Yemeni who was one of the Tabi’een. When Taus came to him, he took off his shoes and kept them by the side of the royal carpet and said, “O Hisham, peace be on you.” He then sat by the side of the Khalifa and asked him, “O Hesham, how are you?”

At this conduct of Taus, the Khalifa was about to kill him, but as he was in the sanctuary (of the Haram, where it is impermissible to kill), he was not killed. Instead the Khalifa asked Taus, “Why have you treated me like this? (1) You have placed your shoes by my carpet, (2) you have not kissed my hand, (3) you have not addressed me with ‘O Commander of the Faithful’ (which is how the Khulafa were addressed), (4) you have taken your seat by me without my permission, and (5) you have asked me by (taking) my name, ‘How are you?’”  

Taus replied, “Regarding the placing of my shoes by your carpet; I take my shoes off five times daily when I go to my Lord for prayer. He does not punish me for it. Regarding the kissing of your hand; I heard Sayyidna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) say, ‘Let nobody kiss the hand of anyone except his kissing his wife’s hand out of passion and his kissing of his parent’s hand out of reverence. Regarding addressing you as ‘Commander of the Faithful,’ the people are not satisfied with your rule and I don’t wish to tell lies. Regarding my addressing you by your name, Allah even addressed His dear friends and prophets by their names. Regarding my sitting by your side, I heard Sayyidna Ali (radi Allahu anhu) say, ‘If you wish to see anyone of the inmates of Hell, look to one who keeps himself seated with the people standing around him.’”

Then Taus went away from him. [Ihya Ulum Id-Din]

Our pious predecessors would not flinch from the truth even if it put their lives at risk. They did not fawn over transgressors to obtain paltry benefits.

When we face transgressors in our families who violate the rights of others; when they backbite about them thereby violating their honour; when we face transgressors in society who deal unjustly with people, usurping their rights, and it is not even a matter of life and death for us to stand up for them, then how do we behave?

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