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20 October 2017 CE | 29 Muharram 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Silence when Speech is Better


Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When you see my Community too intimidated by an oppressor to tell him, ‘You are a tyrant,’ then you may as well say goodbye to them.” [Ahmad]

This hadith tells us that the group of Muslims too scared to even call a tyrant a tyrant is soon to be destroyed. When Allah’s punishment descends on wicked people the only way to be saved is to be from among those who enjoin good and prevent wrong, as Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Quran: “So, when they forgot what they were reminded of, We saved those who would forbid what was bad.” [Surah Al-Araf: 165]

Some of the Salaf said: “The one who is silent about the truth is a silent devil, while the one who speaks falsehood is a speaking devil.” Thus the person who fasts, prays, and is a zahid, but does not speak the truth and proclaim the command of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is similar to Shaitaan.

Thus, it is crucial not only to stay away from sin oneself but also to speak out against it. Everybody would like to be loved by all, and the fear of people’s displeasure makes us stay quiet when Allah’s commands are violated, Allah’s friends are killed, and Allah’s wrath is invited.

Umar bin Abdul Aziz (the fifth rightly guided khalifa) said: “A general and widespread punishment does not afflict the masses due to the sins of certain people. However, when sin becomes rampant and no one attempts to forbid it, then all and sundry are swept up in the wake of Allah's punishment.”

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