’Uthaimeen on Hating the Sin and Not the Person and on Dealing with People Harshly as Though You Want to Take Revenge on Them
July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When they see a person sinning, many brothers hate the sin and this is something correct, but they [also] hate the sinner, and then they deal with him harshly as someone who hates him would, like someone who wants to take revenge on him, and this is a huge mistake.
You must cure the sinner as a gentle doctor who treats a wound in order for it to heal does, he doesn’t treat the wound in order for it to get worse, so he treats this person with gentleness and a desire for good for him and out of mercy for him … this is how the scholars who nurture are, they look at the creation with a view to reform, not to seek revenge and out of hatred—I hate the sin which this person does, but this person is a believer so he is my brother, even if he fornicated and stole, he is still my brother, the believers are but brothers.”
Majmoo’ Fataawaa wa Rasaa’il Fadilatish-Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaimeen, vol. 27, pp. 311-312.
April 3, 2013 § 1 Comment
Part of an answer by Shaikh Ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy on him, on the issue of shaving the beard:
“So it is obligatory on the believer not to expose himself to tribulation, and to fear Allaah, and to let his beard grow and to guard the prayers and to advise [his] brothers but with gentleness and good words, not by being aggressive against the people, and not by hitting them and nor by abusing or cursing them, but with good words and a pleasant manner, Allaah جل وعلا said, “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best,” [Nahl 16:12] and He تعالى said, “So by the mercy from Allaah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you,” [Aali-’Imraan 3:159] and when He sent them to Pharaoh, Allaah said to Musa and Haaroon, “And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [Allaah],” [Taa Haa 20:44] and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Kindness/gentleness/leniency [rifq] is not to be found in anything but that it adds to its beauty and it is not withdrawn from anything but it makes it defective.” [Muslim]
Especially in this time, this time is the time of gentleness [rifq] and patience and wisdom, and it is not the time/era of harshness. Most of the people are in ignorance, in the heedlessness of giving preference to the worldly life, so patience is imperative, and gentleness [rifq] is imperative so that the da’wah reaches [the people] and so that it is conveyed to the people and so that they know.
We ask Allaah for guidance for everyone.”
Majmoo’ Fataawaa Ibn Baaz, vol. 8, p. 376.