Good Deed: #187 Make 70 excuses first


49:12 (Y. Ali) O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it…But fear Allah. For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful

24:12 (Y. Ali) Why did not the believers – men and women – when ye heard of the affair,- put the best construction on it in their own minds and say, “This (charge) is an obvious lie” ?

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Overlook the slips of respected people.” [Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad; Abu Dawud; Nasa’i in al-Kubra;]

Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that, “A believer is a mirror of the believer.” [Abu Dawud]

Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) said “None of you believes until they wish for others as they wish for themselves.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Action Plan

1. From leading principles to which the Muslim needs to pay attention before he raises any doubt and before he accepts and believes in any accusation is to give priority to having a good opinion over having a bad opinion of his Muslim brothers. He should look for excuses and justifications that will excuse them and clear them of blame, especially when the accusation is directed towards callers to Allah and the righteous. 2. This is the practice of the righteous, people of understanding and wise men from among Muslims who fear their Lord and desire victory and predominance for Allah’s Deen.

2. Conceal faults of others

3. Stop Gossiping

4.  Avoid Suspicion

5. Hamdun al-Qassar, one of the great early Muslims, said, “If a friend among your friends errs, make seventy excuses for them. If your hearts are unable to do this, then know that the shortcoming is in your own selves.” [Imam Bayhaqi, Shu`ab al-Iman, 7.522]

source: Making 70 Excuses for Others in Islam – A Key Duty of Brotherhood

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