As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4

 

Nicknaming is prohibited


'Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames.' [Soorah al-Hujurat (49): 11]
Nicknaming has become a way of life today; social gatherings are filled with personal jokes and character assassination. Whereas, a Muslim is strictly prohibited from uttering nicknames, which involve insult or defamation of another person. Islam forbids revealing faults except in cases of necessity, like court or marriage cases. It encourages covering the faults of others and seeking to eliminate them. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Do not hurt the feelings of Allah's servants, do not embarrass them; do not seek to expose their faults. Whoever seeks to expose the faults of his Muslim brother, Allah will expose his faults and expose him, even if he hides in the innermost part of his home.' [Musnad Ahmad] He (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) also said, 'Each one of you is the mirror of his brother, so if he sees any faults in him, he should wipe it away from him.' [Sunan Abu Dawood (3/4900)] and, 'Whoever covers the faults of a Muslim, Allah will cover his faults on the Day of Resurrection.' [(Saheeh) Sunan at-Tirmidhee 2/1152]

Aa'isha (radhi allahu anha) reported that when the camel of Prophet's wife; Safeeyah (radhi allahu anha), became ill, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) asked his wife Zainab (radhi allahu anha) to give one of her two camels to her. Zainab (radhi allahu anha) angrily replied, 'Shall I give it to that Jewess?' The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) became so angry that he abandoned her for more than two months. [Abu Dawood]


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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