Hadeeth Thirty Seven: He Hopes for Good from His Lord for Himself and His Brothers


From Jundub (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that the Messenger of Allaah () narrated:

That a man said: By Allaah, Allaah will not forgive so and so. Whereas Allaah, the Most High, said: Who is it who swears by Me that I will not forgive so and so, for I have forgiven so and so, and have rendered your actions futile.[1]


This is another matter which depends upon a person’s knowing his worth, and his position, since the question of unbelief (kufr) and faith (eemaan), reward and punishment is something which Allaah, the One free and far removed from all defects, has made particular to Himself. Imaam Aboo Ja‘far at-Tahaawee said in his ‘Aqeedah: We do not bear witness that they are guilty of kufr, shirk or nifaaq as long as none of that appears from them, and we leave what is hidden about them to Allaah, the Most High. The explainer added:[2] Since we have been ordered to judge by the manifest, and we have been forbidden from suspicious and from following that of which we have not knowledge…Allaah, the Most High, says:

“And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, the sight and the heart of each of you will be questioned (by Allaah).”[3]

So the true and sincere Muslim hopes for good from his Lord for himself and he seeks His forgiveness for his brothers, as at-Tahaawee also said[4] : With regard to the doers of good from the believers, then we hope they are pardoned and entered into Paradise through Allaah’s Mercy, but we do not feel safe for them, nor do we bear witness that they have attained Paradise. With regard to those who commit evil, then we ask for them to be forgiven, we have fear for them, but we do not make them despair. Yet his fear and hope which the Muslim has for his brothers does not prevent him from carrying out what Allaah has established with regard to:


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[1] Reported by Muslim (4/1381/no.6350).

[2] Sharhul ‘Aqeedatit Tahaawiyyah (p.379).

[3] Soorah al-Israa (17):36

[4] Sharhul ‘Aqeedatit Tahaawiyyah (p.325).