As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4

 

Calling a Muslim, a disbeliever is prohibited

Narrated Abu Dharr (radhi allahu anhu), 'I heard Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) saying, 'When any Muslim accuses another Muslim of sin or disbelief, the reproach rebounds upon the one who utters it, if the other person is not deserving of it.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

Ibn Umar (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'When a person calls his brother (in Islam) a disbeliever, one of them will certainly deserve the title. If the addressee is so as he has asserted, the disbelief of the man is confirmed, but if it is untrue, then it will revert to him (the accuser).' [Saheeh al-Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim] We learn from this Hadeeth that to call a Muslim, ‘a disbeliever’ is strictly prohibited because, if the one, who has been called as such does not have the traits which make him a disbeliever, then the one, who says it, will be held a disbeliever.


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