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Allah, the Almighty, says in Quran:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيراً مِنْ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ وَلا تَجَسَّسُوا ۔ (حجرات 49:12)

O believers! Avoid immoderate suspicion, for in some cases suspicion is a sin. Do not spy on one another.

In this verse, three attitudes are forbidden: One is suspicion, second is spying i.e. trying to find out the weaknesses of other people and the third one is backbiting.

اسلام اور دور جدید کی تبدیلیاں۔ معاشرے مستقل تبدیلی کا شکار رہا کرتے ہیں۔ ہے ثبات اس زمانے میں اک تغیر کو۔ موجودہ دور میں ہماری فکر میں کیا تبدیلیاں وقوع پذیر ہو رہی ہیں۔ ان تبدیلیوں کے اثرات ہمارے معاشروں پر رونما ہو رہے ہیں۔ مصنف نے ان تبدیلیوں کا اسلام کے نقطہ نظر سے جائزہ لیا ہے۔

Quran firstly asked, “Avoid immoderate suspicion”. Then it described the reason that “in some cases, suspicion is a sin.” It means that every suspicion is not a sin. Therefore, it is essential for those, who hear this commandment, to investigate that which kind of suspicion is a sin in order to avoid it. They should keep away from all types of suspicion unless it is confirmed that any specific kind of suspicion is not a sin…. Qurtabi (a famous commentator of Quran) said that suspicion means false blame i.e. blaming a person for a weakness or sin without having solid evidence.

Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم) said, “Be aware of suspicion because it is the most misleading thing.” By consensus, suspicion means thinking negatively about any other person without having solid evidence….

It is one of the greatest sins that a man should curse his parents. The man abuses the father of another man and the latter abuses the father of the former. Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم

It is famous that “Suspicion is care”. It means that a person should be careful in his / her dealings. Without having a trustworthy relationship, (s)he should not give his / her belongings to another person. It does not mean that one should consider the other person a thief and start humiliating him. We conclude that we should be careful without considering the other person a thief or a dishonest one.

The second forbidden behavior in this verse is spying on others. The term ‘spying’ means trying to find other’s weaknesses…. This verse tells us that we can evaluate a person on his / her apparent personality. It is unlawful to search for hidden weaknesses of a person. Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم) said:

لا تغتابوا المسلمین و لا تتبعوا عوراتھم۔ فان من اتبع عوراتہم یتبع اللہ عورتہ و من یتبع اللہ عورتہ یفضحہ فی بیتہ۔ (قرطبی)

Do not conduct backbiting of other Muslims and do not try to find their hidden weaknesses, because the person who tries to find other’s weaknesses, the God finds his / her weaknesses. The person, whose weaknesses are evaluated by the God, will lose respect inside his / her own home.

Listening others’ talk secretly or while listening others’ talk by creating an impression of sleeping is included in ‘spying’. [Similarly looking at other’s documents, emails etc. is also included in it.]

If a person expects that someone will harm him or others, and (s)he tries to get information about his hidden plans, then it is lawful.

(Excerpts from “Maarif-ul-Quran” of Mufti Muhammad Shafi. Selection & Translation: Mubashir Nazir)

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·       Identify three reasons for the attitude of examining others with suspicion.

·       Ask yourself whether you examine others with suspicion. No need to submit the answer. If you like, please share a bitter experience from your life when someone had examined you with suspicion and you felt it bad.

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Unit 1: Relation with God & His Prophets

In the name of God, the most Beneficent, the Eternally Merciful     |     The Treasure’s Map     |     The Month of Ramadan: What to achieve?     |     The Prophet’s Love     |     The Basic Premise of the Religion     |     Who is like You?     |     Pure Monotheism I     |     Pure Monotheism II     |     Who deserves the Paradise?

Unit 2: Elimination of our Negative Personality

How to get rid of Poverty?     |     The Report of Transparency International and a Hadith     |     Justification or Admitting One’s Fault     |     Artificial Colors of Glamour     |     Religious People & Ostentation      |     Character of Ancient Religious Leaders at Jerusalem     |     Attachment to a Group is irrelevant for Success     |     Successful Life     |     The Revolution Occurred!     |     Form & Spirit     |     Jealousy & Modern Testing Techniques     |     How to overcome Procrastination?     |     The Difference between an Extremist & a Moderate Person

Unit 3: Development of our Positive Personality

The Quranic Strategy for Personality Development     |     How to get rid of Poverty?     |     Character builds the Nation     |     The Sermon of Mount     |     Success: What is it?     |     Success Secrets     |     A Positive Attitude affirms the Life     |     Road Block     |     Thinking after Writing!     |     Trust is Golden     |     Getting off to a good start     |     The Lesson of Arnold Schwarzenegger     |     Unlocking the Gates to Success     |     Admitting One’s Fault     |     Top 10 Qualities of Excellence

Unit 4: Relationship with Human Beings

Backbiting     |     Suspicion     |     Defamation     |     Examining Others with Suspicion     |     Are you killing your family?

Unit 5: Our Responsibility, Vision & Mission

The Love of Prophet Muhammad with Knowledge     |     Traditional Mentality     |     Strange Similarities between Christian & Muslim Histories     |     The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part I)     |     The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part II)     |     The Problem of Aurengzeb Alamgir