Hiding Sins

DAILY DOSE OF DEEN: Refrain from speaking about one’s own sins and from exposing other people’s sins

اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaathu everyone!

As humans we all sin. None of us are pure or free from sin and that shows the Mercy of Allah (سبحانه وتعالي). That no matter how much we sin we can always turn back to Allah (سبحانه وتعالي). No matter how good we think we are or even how good other people think we are we all sin. It is in our human nature that we all make mistakes. When we do sin, we should always try to remember this authentic Hadith from Sahih Bukhari.

My entire nation is safe, except al-Mujahirin. Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: “O so-and-so! Last night I did this and that.” He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!”

This narration tells us that to keep our sins a private matter is among the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله عليه واله وسلم). If we ever do commit a sin, we should keep it a secret and seek forgiveness from Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) for our mistake. This doesn’t just apply to our sins but to those sins that we know that others have committed. An authentic Hadith narrated in Sahih Bukhari states that,

“Whosoever covers the sins of another Muslim Allah will cover his/her sins on the day of Judgement.”

– Prophet Muhammad (صلي الله تعلي عليه واله وسلم)

We should always remember that we are not perfect. We should always cover up others sins in the hope that Allah (سبحانه وتعالي) will cover our own flaws on the day of Judgement. If we see or hear about someone else committing a sin, we should always try to ignore it. Instead of spreading it, we should hide it and keep it a secret. As ordinary people we have no right to be the judge of other people’s mistakes or past.

Exposing another Muslim’s sins can often lead to humiliation. However, by exposing a person’s sin that person may not feel the need to repent to Allah (سبحانه وتعالي). This could potentially lead a person to commit further sins as they are not bothered about their sins anymore and there is no fear in their heart. Those who like to stir things between people and create problems are mentioned in the Quran.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَنْ تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ

Indeed, those who love to see indecency spread among the believers will suffer a painful punishment in this life and the Hereafter. Allah knows and you do not know.
– Quran [24:19]

SubhanAllah! Look at the Mercy of Allah (سبحانه وتعلي). That even when we commit sins, we are still under the protection of our Creator. That if someone is to expose our sins that person will be held accountable. It is important that we keep this in mind. We should always try refrain from sin but if we do err then we should keep it to ourselves and ask for forgiveness from Allah (سبحانه وتعلي) in private. If we see or hear about another Muslim committing a sin, we should also protect them as if we are protecting ourselves.

Sources / Further Reading

English

Quran Translation – Kanz ul Iman

Urdu

Video – A Muslim and Jealousy

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