Don’t Let the Hatred of a People Cause You To Do Wrong

In his exegsis of the Qur’an titled Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, explaining verse 8 from chapter al-Ma’idah (5), Abdur-Rahman bin Nâsir as-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said, 
«And do not let [it] cause you to do wrong» i.e., do not let hate of a people cause you to not be just, just as someone who has no justice or equity does. Rather, just as you testify for your ally, then testify against him, and just as you testify against your enemy, then testify for him, even if he were a disbeliever or heretic. For surely, justice and acceptance of what he comes with of the truth is obligated in it, because it is truth, not because he [is the one who] said it. Do not reject the truth on account of his statement, for surely, this is an oppression for the truth.
Taisir al-Karim ar-Rahman, pg. 218 (Dâr Ibn Hazm)
As quoted by Abul-Hasan Mustafâ bin Ismâ’îl as-Sulaimânî in ad-Difâ’ ‘an Ahl al-Ittibâ’, vol. 1, pg. 329.

About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

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