Hate the Sin, But Do Not Curse the Sinner

One of the Tabi’i (student of the Sahabah) narrates that Abu ad-Darda (radhiyallahu anhu) was passing by a man who had committed a wrong-doing, and the people were cursing him. So he said:

“Don’t you see that were you to find him (having fallen) in a deep well, you would bring him out?”

They replied:

“Yes, of course!“

He continued:

“Then do not curse your brother, and praise Allah who kept you safe (from such sins).”

They responded:

“Will you not hate him (for the sake of Allah)?”

He replied:

“I only hate his wrong-doing, but when he abandons it then he is (still) my brother.”

Abu ad-Darda (radhiyallahu anhu) then said:

“Pray to Allah during your days of happiness (and prosperity) so that perhaps He will answer (your prayers) during your days of hardship.”

(Jaami’ Ma’mar ibn Raashid)

Hate the Sin, But Do Not Curse the Sinner

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