As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Praising a Person in his Presence is Undesirable

Praising a Person in his Presence is Undesirable
Abu Musa Al-Asharee (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) heard a person lauding another person or praising him too much. Thereupon, he said, 'You killed the man,' or he said, 'You ruined the man.'' [Agreed upon]

Abu Bakrah (radhi allahu anhu) reported, 'Mention of a man was made to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) and someone praised him, whereupon he (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Woe be to you! You have broken the neck of your friend!' He repeated this several times and added, 'If one of you has to praise his friend at all, he should say, 'I reckon him to be such and such and Allah knows him well, if you think him to be so-and-so, you will be accountable to Allah because no one can testify the purity of others against Allah.'' [Agreed upon]

These Ahaadeeth prohibit us from praising anyone in his face. If one has to praise someone, he should say, 'In my opinion, he is such and such,' provided he really thinks as he says. The reason for this is that it is Allah Alone, Who knows him thoroughly and none can claim to be innocent before Him.

Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter -


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