The Ruling on Forsaking and Deserting your Muslim Brother in the time of need

The Ruling on Forsaking and Deserting your Muslim Brother in the time of need

HADITH 35 of Forty Hadith of al-Imaam an-Nawawee

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said: the messenger of Allah,
alayhi as-salaatu was-salaam, said:

“Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do
not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; and do not
undercut one another, but be you, O servants of Allah, brothers. A
Muslim is the brother of a Muslim: he neither oppresses him nor does
he forsake him in the time of need, he neither lies to him nor does he
hold him in contempt. .. »

Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzan, may Allah preserve him said:

“His statement ((nor does he forsake him in the time of need)), if he
were to see him being humiliated then therefore he should assist him
and prevent him from being forsaken, he should aid him and he should
not abandon him to the enemies. If he were to witness someone speaking
ill of him in the gatherings then he must defend him because if he
were to forsake him and to be silent then that is considered to be
deserting him in the time of need. So if you were to see your brother
being oppressed then you should aid him and prevent him from
oppression in all of its types, He, alayhi as-salaatu was-salaam,
said” help your brother oppressor or oppressed whichever he may be” so
a man said” oh Messenger of Allah I can aid him if he is being
oppressed however how do I aid him if he is a oppressor “he, alayhi
as-salaatu was-salaam, replied” by preventing him from oppression for
verily by that you have aided him” so do not oppress your brother by
trangressing (him) in regards to his rights and likewise do not
abandon him to be oppressed while you are capable of removing
oppression from him; no matter if the oppression is of wealth or in
regards to ones honor or other than that because the honor of your
brother is like your honor”.

Reference: Sharhu Arba’een an-Nawaweeyah page 214, print: Daarul Hidaayah.

Abu Fajr

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