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Hate the Sin, But Do Not Curse the Sinner

One of the Tabi’i (student of the Sahabah) narrates that Abu ad-Darda (radhiyallahu anhu) was passing by a man who had committed a wrong-doing, and the people were cursing him. So he said:

Don’t you see that were you to find him (having fallen) in a deep well, you would bring him out?”

They replied:

Yes, of course!

He continued:

Then do not curse your brother, and praise Allah who kept you safe (from such sins).”

They responded:

Will you not hate him (for the sake of Allah)?”

He replied:

“I only hate his wrong-doing, but when he abandons it then he is (still) my brother.”

Abu ad-Darda (radhiyallahu  anhu) then said:

Pray to Allah during your days of happiness (and prosperity) so that perhaps He will answer (your prayers) during your days of hardship.”

(Jaami’ Ma’mar ibn Raashid)

ﺃﺧﺒﺮﻧﺎ ﻣﻌﻤﺮ، ﻋﻦ ﺃﻳﻮﺏ، ﻋﻦ ﺃﺑﻲ ﻗﻼﺑﺔ، ﺃﻥ ﺃﺑﺎ اﻟﺪﺭﺩاء ﻣﺮ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺭﺟﻞ ﻗﺪ ﺃﺻﺎﺏ ﺫﻧﺒﺎ، ﻓﻜﺎﻧﻮا ﻳﺴﺒﻮﻧﻪ، ﻓﻘﺎﻝ: «ﺃﺭﺃﻳﺘﻢ ﻟﻮ ﻭﺟﺪﺗﻤﻮﻩ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻠﻴﺐ ﺃﻟﻢ ﺗﻜﻮﻧﻮا ﻣﺴﺘﺨﺮﺟﻴﻪ؟» ، ﻗﺎﻟﻮا: ﺑﻠﻰ، ﻗﺎﻝ: «ﻓﻼ ﺗﺴﺒﻮا ﺃﺧﺎﻛﻢ ﻭاﺣﻤﺪﻭا اﻟﻠﻪ اﻟﺬﻱ ﻋﺎﻓﺎﻛﻢ» ، ﻗﺎﻟﻮا: ﺃﻓﻼ ﺗﺒﻐﻀﻪ؟ ﻗﺎﻝ: «ﺇﻧﻤﺎ ﺃﺑﻐﺾ ﻋﻤﻠﻪ، ﻓﺈﺫا ﺗﺮﻛﻪ ﻓﻬﻮ ﺃﺧﻲ» ، ﻗﺎﻝ: ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺃﺑﻮ اﻟﺪﺭﺩاء: «اﺩﻉ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻓﻲ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺳﺮاﺋﻚ ﻟﻌﻠﻪ ﺃﻥ ﻳﺴﺘﺠﻴﺐ ﻓﻲ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺿﺮاﺋﻚ»

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