Islamic Date

16 Thu al-Hijjah

English Date

25 July

Sinning Publicly

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“All of my ummah are apt to be forgiven, except for those who commit sins openly.” [Bukhari]

When a person commits a crime in public, justice demands that the criminal be punished. The purpose of punishment is that it acts as a deterrent. If a criminal is not punished, it provides an incentive to all would be criminals to go ahead.

Similarly, so long as a sin is known only to the sinner and Allah, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) may forgive it. But when sin is committed publicly, the punishment becomes incumbent on the sinner. Sinning publicly shows a person's insensitivity towards the enormity of what they are doing. Seeing sins taking place in public, also desensitizes other people to the sin, taking them one step closer to doing it themsleves. This is why, even if we are to find out about immoral activities happening, we should not broadcast them, for to do so would further spread evil in society.