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Published on December 7th, 2015 | by Abu Umayza | Views: 1624


Mocking And Humiliating Fellow Muslims

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم  said:

إن الله قسم بينكم أخلاقكم كما قسم بينكم أرزاقكم

“Indeed Allaah divided your akhlaq (manners for you) like He divided your rizq (sustenance for you)…” [Musnad Ahmad, 3543; Al-Mustadrak, 92; Ibn Abi Shaybah, 344 and others]

It has unfortunately become a common bane among many Muslims, even those who feign religiosity or any semblance of Islamic knowledge that they mock, degrade or convey contempt for fellow Muslims – usually in a subtle way and usually justifying this behaviour on grounds of humour or harmless frolic. This may include mimicking in a derogatory manner or use of sarcastic/offensive terminology, and even attaching unwarranted labels to others. Furthermore, it is evil to trace the faults of scholars, and what is worse is to couple this with concealing their good from the people, or to make the faults sound worse than what they are in reality. No doubt all of this is done to cause upset and annoyance and a type of humiliation that hurts the dignity of a person.

Ibn Hajar Al-Haytami said that mocking the servants of Allaah and humiliating them was among the major sins

Lack of knowledge maybe a cause for this disease, but primarily it arises due to loss of haya’ and a contaminated tarbiyah, which then leaves the door open for other evil traits to emerge like arrogance, leading to hardening of the heart. A person who has emaan and a sense of haya’ before Allaah will rarely display condescending attitude towards others. Abdullah ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

الحياء والإيمان قرنا جميعا فإذا رفع أحدهما رفع الآخر

“Haya’ and emaan are gathered (connected) together. If one is removed (i.e. missing), then the other will be removed”. [Musnad Ahmad, 764; Al-Hakim, 58 and others – graded as saheeh by al-Albani in his checking of ‘Adab al-Mufrad’, 986 (see also ‘Saheeh at-Targheeb’, 2636)]

Ibn Hajar Al-Haytami said that mocking the servants of Allaah and humiliating them was among the major sins, and remarked that this principle “essentially reveals diminished manners and a corrupted heart.” (see ‘Az-Zawajir’, 1/141) and grave consequences of bad manners are not unbeknown to us, and it is sufficient a warning to learn that the most detested people to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and the farthest from him in the Hereafter will be those with worst manners. And how can this not be when ‘Abdullah رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

سِبَابُ الْمُسْلِمِ فُسُوقٌ، وَقِتَالُهُ كُفْرٌ

“Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (an evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief).” [Bukhari, 6044] (Vulture Culture, see here)

So the question remains, what are the shari’ remedies for the poison of degrading other people that has become common-place within Muslim communities? Before attempting to enumerate solutions, it should be borne in mind as  Ibn Qayyim رحمه الله تعالى said,

“that the hardest task ever for human nature is changing the innate disposition or the moral constitution. Even most of those who have strict determination and high ambition have failed to change their instinctive natures…”

What this essentially means is that if there’s no genuine desire and a firm resolve to amend the imbalances and discrepancies within one’s inherent self (to rectify its flaws), then it will become a futile exercise in superficially trying to enact change.

And guidance is from Allaah alone.

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