[9] Hadith Nine

The Prophet's Admonition Against Harboring Suspicion and His Description of A Muslim's Duty Toward His Brother

It is narrated from Abu Hurayra - Allah be well-pleased with him -- that he said: "The Prophet said: 'Beware of harboring suspicion, for suspicion is the most deceitful discourse of all. Neither search out nor spy on others. Do not contend with one another, nor envy one another, nor harbor hostility nor enmity for one another. Rather - O Allah's servants! - be brethren as Allah commanded you.

'The Muslim is brother to the Muslim. He does not wrong him. He does not humiliate him. He does not demean him. Godwariness is right here! Godwariness is right here! Godwariness is right here!' - he pointed to his chest three times. 'It is evil enough that one should demean his Muslim brother. All of the Muslim is sacred to the Muslim: his life, his property, and his honor.'"

Muslim's narration adds: "Verily, Allah Almighty does not look at your appearances and your possessions; but He looks at your hearts and your deeds."

The hadith master al-Mundhiri said: "Malik, al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, and al-Tirmidhi narrated it. The wording above is Muslim's, and it is the most inclusive narration." He means the latter in the sense of collating all of them together, as becomes clear after examining the narration in Sahih Muslim.

Allah's blessings and peace on the Prophet., his Family, and his Companions

Dr. G.F. Haddad

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