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23 May 2017 CE | 27 Shaban 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Two Grave Sins


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) passed by two graves and said: “Both of them (the persons in these graves) are being tortured, and they are not being tortured for a cardinal sin. But indeed they are great sins. One of them used not to save himself from being soiled with his urine, and the other one used to go about with calumnies (among the people to rouse hostilities).” [Sahih Bukhari]

One of the two sins mentioned here is not cleaning oneself properly after urinating or not saving oneself from being splashed with drops of urine. However, “La yastatiru min baulihi” has another meaning too, that “he does not pass urine in privacy but does it shamelessly in the presence of other people.” Shamelessness is a sin and a characteristic of evil people. A hadith of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) tells us that “modesty comes from Eeman (faith).” [Sahih Bukhari] Therefore, a dearth of modesty is a reflection of a scarcity of Eeman.

The other sin that results in punishment in one’s grave is tale bearing, a common social evil. This is when one goes to a person and tells him that so-and-so says about him such and such evil thing. This results in creating ill feelings among Muslims and spoiling their sense of brotherhood. Therefore, this is also a very serious sin that we must consciously be on the look out against committing if we want to not be in pain in our graves.

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