Riyadus Saliheen Chapter 275 : Prohibition of Deriding one’s Lineage (English)


Riyadus-Saliheen
Chapter 275 : Prohibition of Deriding one’s Lineage
Allah, the Exalted, says: As for those who abuse believing men and women
unjustifiably, they will definitely bear the guilt of slander and blatant sin. (33:58)
1578. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him)
said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Two matters are signs of disbelief on the
part of those who indulge in them: Defaming and speaking evil of a person’s lineage, and
wailing over the dead.” [Muslim]. Commentary: Both the sins mentioned in this
Hadith are such that if a Muslim thinks them lawful and still commits them he will become
a Kafir. To defame someone’s lineage means to disgrace
or humiliate somebody by saying to him or to her: “Your father belongs to such and such
profession” or “Your mother is such and such / so-and-so” or “You are a weaver, blacksmith,
laundrer, cobbler, etc.” Mourning and wailing means expressing qualities
of a deceased person through weeping, crying and lamenting loudly. Imam An-Nawawi said that such qualities are
attributes and acts of the disbelievers and practices of the pre-Islamic period, or Jahiliyyah.

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