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السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Brothers and Sisters in Islam! Today I was thinking of sharing something which actually reflects our attitude towards religious figures... We all know that in this world only Prophets (A.S) are معصوم (innocent) from all kinds of iniquities, but when it comes to expectations, we look forward to every religious figure and expect for him to become an angel....! We expect them to be innocent from every flaw; we expect perfections, whereas we all know that they are also humans like us and can make mistakes… They too have longings and temptations. Satan whispers evil in their hearts too and sometimes they are overwhelmed by it…! Allah says thus:
يريد الله ان يخفف عنكم وخلق الانسان ضعيفا * النساء 28
"And Allah wants to lighten for you [your difficulties]; and mankind was created weak."
This statement of Allah SWT is general and comprises of every human being, including religious men/women. Similarly Allah SWT says:
ويدع الانسان بالشر دعاءه بالخير وكان الانسان عجولا * الاسراء 11
And man supplicates for evil as he supplicates for good, and man is ever hasty.
We forget that even the greatest people on the face of the Earth made mistakes i.e. Sahabah R.A and some of them were even punished for that…! We do not think bad about them, as we all believe that they were human beings, they were best and whatever unwanted showed up was their human weakness which overwhelmed them…! What a strange thing, we consider them humans and at the same time consider our religious figures as angels and if they make some mistake, propagate to such an extent which devalues them in every eye and disregard everything they did good for the sake of Allah. ISNT IT UNFAIR???? People tend to find mistakes in scholars so that they can satisfy their inner conscience by saying that at least I’m not a hypocrite and do not do anything wrong while ornamenting beard on my face…! You must have heard people saying that I hate that religious man as once I saw him doing this and from that day I don’t like him and I don’t want to listen to what he says as he himself is not doing it…! Despite of all the good being spread, we forget and pick one small mistake and propagate and from that day forge a fallacious opinion about them….!!!! We were supposed to hide such weaknesses and especially of those people who are doing something for Islam with sincerity and endeavoring, because this would become a big hurdle in their way… It is our responsibility not to speak bad about religious scholars even if we know something heinous about them but as it would result in becoming a hurdle, we must keep silence and forbear… Allah SWT says:
ومن ستر مسلما ستره الله يوم القيامة * بخاري 2442
And whoever conceals any (fault of the) Muslim, Allah will conceal his on the day of Resurrection (in front of the whole world).
We must understand that by this attitude, how big hurdle we become in the path of these Preachers and Scholars and ultimately in the path of Dawah of Islam, because will not be moved by the message if they come to know the weakness of the Daa’I (preacher) persuading them to revert…!
May Allah show us the right path and lead us to the righteousness and make us a source of aid in his path in spite of making us a hurdle…! Ameen!