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The following is an extract from the article entitled 'From the Manhaj'


Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Fawzān - hafiẓahullāh - said:

‘‘Allaah - the Majestic, the Most High - orders us to verify any news that reaches us concerning a group or party from amongst the Muslims, when an evil news reaches us which necessitates fighting or opposing this group. Allaah - the Majestic, the Most High - orders us not to be hasty and rush into this affair, until we have verified the matter. Allaah the - the Most Perfect - said: ‘‘O you who believe! When a wicked person comes to you with some news, ascertain and verify it, unless you harm someone in ignorance and then afterwards have regret for what you have done.’’ [Sūrah al-Hujuraat 49:6] Meaning: if some news reaches you about a group or party from amongst the people, concerning an action they have done which deserves to be fought against, then do not be hasty about the matter, nor announce war against them, nor attack them - until you have verified the authenticity of the report.’’ [2]

Imām Muslim related in the introduction to his Ṣaḥīh (no. 5):

Abū Hurayrah (radiyallaahu ’anhu) states that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘‘It is enough to render a man a liar that he relates everything he hears.’’

Shaykh ’Alee Ḥasan al-Halabee said:

‘‘The daa’ee (caller) must be careful in everything, particularly in regards to what he hears from people, or what he reads in books. So it is an obligation upon him to check and verify everything which reaches his ears or eyes, before spreading it and circulating it amongst the people. His carefulness will be increased with regards to two cases: Firstly: When what is being conveyed to him is connected to the Religion and the Sharee’ah, such as something being quoted as a ḥadīth, or a fiqh ruling, and its like. Secondly: If someone reports something bad about a person, or an evil word from someone. He must check its correctness, carefully find out the reality and what is correct, and not hasten to transmit it and add it to the stream of news!’’ [3]


Imām an-Nawawee (d.676H) - raḥimahullāh - said:

‘‘Know that every person must safeguard his tongue from speaking, except that speech in which there is maslahah (benefit). Whenever speaking and abandoning speech are of equal benefit, then the Sunnah is to remain silent. For indeed speech which is permissible sometimes leads to that which is haraam (prohibited) or makrooh (detested). Indeed this happens in most cases, or is a preponderant habit - and there is no better substitute for safety. Al-Bukhārī relates in his Ṣaḥīh (11/308) as does Muslim in his Ṣaḥīh (no. 47), from Abū Hurayrah - radiyallaahu ’anhu - that the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘‘Whosoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day should either speak good or keep silent.’’ The authenticity of this ḥadīth has been agreed upon, and in it is a clear text that a person must not speak unless what he intends to say is good and that the benefit of it is clear to him. However, if he is in doubt as to whether or not there will be any clear benefit, then he must first reflect and consider. If he is in doubt, then he does not speak until the benefit of doing so becomes clear.’’ [4] www.troid.ca/manhaj/lessons-in-manhaj/from-the-manhaj.html

Such important advice, especially in our time, when so many are hasty, rushing to circulate vile speech and wild, evil accusations against their brothers. Rather than busy themselves without righteous actions and remaining silent, they are busy speaking against their brothers in public and in private, or circulating evil documents on the internet and mailing lists.

May Allaah the Majestic make us from those who busy ourselves with good actions, protecting the honour of our brothers, rejecting evil speech and slander, ameen.

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