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An-Nawawi on Covering Faults

May 19, 2014

Riyad us Saliheen 3

By Abu Amina Elias for FaithinAllah.org

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

An-Nawawi records in his book Riyad us-Saliheen:

Allah the Exalted said:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَن تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

Verily, those who like that immorality should be spread among the believers will have a painful punishment in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah knows and you do not know.

Surah An-Nur 24:19

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لَا يَسْتُرُ عَبْدٌ عَبْدًا فِي الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

A servant does not cover the faults of another servant but that Allah will cover his faults on the Day of Resurrection.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2590, Grade: Sahih

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

كُلُّ أُمَّتِي مُعَافًى إِلَّا الْمُجَاهِرِينَ وَإِنَّ مِنْ الْمُجَاهَرَةِ أَنْ يَعْمَلَ الرَّجُلُ بِاللَّيْلِ عَمَلًا ثُمَّ يُصْبِحَ وَقَدْ سَتَرَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ فَيَقُولَ يَا فُلَانُ عَمِلْتُ الْبَارِحَةَ كَذَا وَكَذَا وَقَدْ بَاتَ يَسْتُرُهُ رَبُّهُ وَيُصْبِحُ يَكْشِفُ سِتْرَ اللَّهِ عَنْهُ

Everyone from my nation will be pardoned except those who sin in public. Among them is a man who commits an evil deed in the night which Allah has covered for him, then in the morning he says: O people, I have done this sin. His Lord had covered him during the night but in the morning he unveils what Allah has covered.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 5721, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِذَا زَنَتْ أَمَةُ أَحَدِكُمْ فَتَبَيَّنَ زِنَاهَا فَلْيَجْلِدْهَا الْحَدَّ وَلَا يُثَرِّبْ عَلَيْهَا ثُمَّ إِنْ زَنَتْ فَلْيَجْلِدْهَا الْحَدَّ وَلَا يُثَرِّبْ ثُمَّ إِنْ زَنَتِ الثَّالِثَةَ فَتَبَيَّنَ زِنَاهَا فَلْيَبِعْهَا وَلَوْ بِحَبْلٍ مِنْ شَعَرٍ

If one of your servant girls commits adultery and her adultery has been proven, then she should be lashed and afterward nobody should blame her. If she commits adultery again, then she should be lashed and nobody should blame her. If she commits adultery a third time and her adultery has been proven, then she should be sold even for the price of a rope.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 2045, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi

Abu Huraira reported: A man was brought to the Prophet for drinking wine. Some of us struck him with our hands, and others with their shoes, and others with their shirts twisted into a lash. When we finished, someone said to him, “May Allah disgrace you!” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

لَا تَقُولُوا هَكَذَا لَا تُعِينُوا عَلَيْهِ الشَّيْطَانَ

Do not speak like this. Do not help Satan against him.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 6395, Grade: Sahih

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