Friday, June 29, 2012

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #3

Huqooq al-`Ibaad (Rights of the Servants)

بـسـم الله والحـمـد لله والـصلاة والـسـلام عــلى رسـول الله، وبـعـد

Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله  said:

“Whenever you commit a sin, if you turned towards Allaah and repented (for your sins), Allaah will forgive you. But, if the sin was concerning someone else, then no doubt that redemption should be made for (transgressing) his rights, either by honoring his rights [1] or by requesting him earnestly to absolve you, because it is the rights of a human being which will not be forgiven. [2]

The rights of Allaah will be forgiven, no matter how great it is (except Shirk) [3]; but as for the rights of a human being, then no doubt it should be redeemed either by requesting (him to absolve you) or by repaying (for his rights).

But let us assume that you do not find this person or you do not know him or you could not honor the rights because you did not have the means and Allaah knows by your intention that you are sincere in your repentance, then He تعالى will lift the burden off you on the Day of Judgment and He تعالى will satisfy this person.”

[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (1/575)]

[1] One example is when a person backbites someone in a group, he makes up for it by praising him in a similar group.

Or when a person damages someone’s property, he should either fix it or compensate for the damage.
Or if he steals from someone, he returns it.

[2] One of the Ahaadeeth which highlights the importance of Huqooq al-`Ibaad is:

On the authority of `Amr bin al-`Aas that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “All the sins of a martyr are forgiven except debt.” [Saheeh Muslim (4649)]

[3] Allaah تعالى says:

{Verily, Allaah forgives not Shirk (that partners should be set up with Him in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills.} [Surah al-Nisaa’ (4): 48 & 116]

No comments:

Post a Comment