"And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers."
(Al-Quran 51:55)

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Islamic Perspective on Excessive Assumptions

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


O you who believe, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Accepting of repentance and Merciful.

(Surah Hujurat - Verse 12)

The part of the verse which we will concentrate on is where Allah says:

O you who believe, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin.

Assumptions pave the way for many sins such as slander and backbiting.When assumptions are allowed to develop, it leads to many evils and serious conflict between people.

An assumption is nothing more than a personal opinion which most likely proves to be not true.

Allah says:


And they have thereof no knowledge. They follow not except assumption, and indeed, assumption avails not against the truth at all.
(Surah An-Najm, Verse 28)

We should always have good thoughts about others and we shouldn’t have bad thoughts about any Muslim.

The Prophet (saw) said,

Beware of suspicion because suspicion is the falsest of all statements.

The verse in Surah Hujurat makes it clear that all types of opinions about others are not sinful because Allah says that only SOME assumptions are a sin. There are also those assumptions that are encouraged e.g. having the good opinion about Allah that He is most merciful and forgiving while also abstaining from sins.

We should also have good opinions about fellow Muslims especially the pious Muslims.

The Prophet (saw) said,

Good opinions are part of good worship.

It is imperative for Muslims to stay away from such places, deeds and words that will lead others to suspect him of evil. It is not appropriate for a Muslim to live under a cloud of suspicion.

May Allah make us from those who always think the best of their fellow Muslims - Ameen!


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