Protecting the Honour of Whoever Stands Up For Allah

In his letter to Zaid bin Muhammad Al Sulaiman compiled in Majmu’ah ar-Rasa’il wal-Masa’il an-Najdiyyah, vol. 3, pg. 162, Shaikh ‘Abdul-Latif bin ‘Abdir-Rahman Al ash-Shaikh said,

… it is obligatory to protect the honour of whoever stands up for Allah and takes steps in aiding His religion, which He legislated and was satisfied with; and to leave off paying attention to his slips and raising objections to his phrases, for love of Allah, fervour for His religion, and aiding His book and His messenger are of a high rank, beloved to Allah, satisfactory. Because of them (i.e., his high ranking deeds), a tremendous [amount] of sins are forgiven and these feeble objections and the disputes that undermine the vigor of the caller to Allah and the petitioner for His pleasure are not paid attention to along with them. Suppose that it was as it was said (i.e., these mistakes and objections), then the affair is easy beside those good deeds:

  • «And what do you know? Perhaps Allah examined the People of Badr then said, ‘Do what you will, for I have forgiven you.’»[1];
  • the poem, ‘So let the cavalcade produce what they will for themselves || They are the People of Badr, so do not fear of [any] constriction.’;
  • and when al-Mutawakkil told Ibn az-Zayyat, ‘O Ibn al-Fa’ilah,’ and defamed his mother, Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, ‘I hope that Allah forgives him in consideration of the good of his intent in aiding the Sunnah and supressing heresy.’;
  • and when ‘Umar told Hatib what he said and accused him of hypocrisy, the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, did not berate him. Instead he informed him that there was a hinderance[2] … .

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Endnotes:
[1] Part of an authentic hadith narrated by several Companions and recorded in several compilations, including Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, and others, concerning the incident where Hatib bin Abi Balta’ah, who had fought in the Battle of Badr, had sent word to the polytheists of Mecca informing them of some of the Prophet’s plans.

[2] i.e., something that prevents him from being held blameworthy of his offence.