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VERIFYING INFORMATION SAID ABOUT OTHERS – Shaykh Fawzan حفظه الله

VERIFYING INFORMATION SAID ABOUT OTHERS – Shaykh Fawzan حفظه الله

Allah says:

“O you who believe! If a faasiq (i.e. rebellious evil person) comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.”

Shaykh Fawzan says:

“The faasiq is the one whose testimony and information is not accepted due to his deficiency in his religion and due to committing major sins. Also the one who SPREADS RUMORS, and UNTRUE INFORMATION and CARRIES TALES to cause confusion between the Muslims and to divide what’s between them, this is the faasiq. The faasiq is the one who exists the obedience of Allah. This is outside the obedience of Allah Who ordered with mutual love, connection and togetherness.”

And Allah’s statement: “And verify it”

“Meaning affirm if the information from the person is the truth or a lie. So if it is a lie then reject it and if it is true then DO NOT BROADCAST AND SPREAD IT BUT RATHER REMEDY IT (the situation) with that which is best and conceal it to keep the mutual love between the Muslims.”

Source: A Friday sermon “Indeed the believers are only brothers”

http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13634

Translated by Abu Anas Atif Hasan