Prohibited Actions In Islam

Abu Hurairah (RA) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. Do not look for other’s faults. Do not spy one another, and do not practice Najsh (means to offer a high price for something in order to allure another customer who is interested in the thing). Do not be jealous of one another and do not nurse enmity against one another. Do not sever ties with one another. Become the slaves of Allah, and be brothers to one another as He commanded. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He should neither oppress him nor humiliate him. The piety is here! The piety is here!” While saying so he pointed towards his chest. “It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Muslim brother. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in Faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. Verily, Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts and your deeds.” [Muslim]

Commentary

Islam preserves the honor and dignity of its followers and gives unambiguous instructions to Muslims to preserve it. Being also keen in forming relations and ties between Muslims, Islam prohibits from searching for defects and weaknesses as they go against a Muslim’s honor. In fact the life, property, and honor of a Muslim have been declared unlawful for all other Muslims. The above hadith draws attention to seven sins that affect a Muslim’s decorum namely: suspicion, finding faults with others, spying, practicing najash, harboring jealousy, nursing enmity and lastly severing ties with fellow Muslim brothers. Let’s look at each one of them separately.

Suspicion

Suspicion about fellow Muslims is strictly prohibited and it must be avoided at all costs. Suspicion about other Muslims urges to telling lies regarding their particular act/behavior while no apparent evidence is available. This is the reason why it is referred to as the worst of false tales.

Looking for Faults and Spying

Nobody is perfect, everyone has faults. But finding out faults of others and later on taunting is not something Islam advises. Spying is also against the law of Islam.

Practicing Najash

“Najsh” means to give higher bid in auction only to deceive others. Thus, it is a false bid which is not at all intended for purchasing the thing which is being auctioned.

Harboring Jealousy

Jealousy signifies that if a Muslim is granted any blessing by Allah, one should not wish that he be deprived of it. Envy is one of the sins which are bound to destroy virtues as fast as the fire burns the wood and dry grass to ashes.

Nursing Enmity and Severing ties

All such things that create conflict and discord are strictly forbidden. Mutual enmity, grudge and malice deprive a man from Jannah in the Hereafter.  Muslims are required to resume their conversation and contacts after a maximum period of three days. Any breach beyond this period is prohibited.

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