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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Moderate Muslim

Allah's Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Love your beloved moderately, perhaps he becomes hated to you someday. And hate whom you hate moderately, perhaps he becomes your beloved someday.” (Hasan) [Chapters On Righteousness: Jami At-Tirmidhi]

Situations and circumstances keep on changing in a person's life.  As a result, old friends become new adversaries and vice versa, and nobody knows what is in store for him in the future.  It is, therefore, advisable not to go beyond the limits of moderation either in friendship or enmity.

This hadith advises us to be moderate in our dealings and not go overboard. Even if you don’t like someone, do not go to extremes for it might be a cause of embarrassment and regret for you, if you end up having to change your mind about them. Similarly, one should be moderate in one’s show of love, for it is only in love of Allah and His Messenger that our love should be extreme. Out of love of Allah and His Messenger we love what Allah loves and hate what He hates. This is the Muslim’s criteria of love and hatred.

When it is said that we should be moderate, it is very important to identify the end points/extremes. To be a moderate Muslim, does it mean that you stay the middle course between Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) and Abu Jahl? Is the moderation supposed to be between these two end points? No. Moderation is never between Islam and Kufr, between belief and disbelief! The moderation of a Muslim is to be between Abu Bakr and Umar (radi Allahu anhuma), or to be between Uthman and Ali (radi Allahu anhuma)! May Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) help us all to be moderate Muslims.

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