An excerpt from the lecture, ‘The Madinan Society: A Tafsir of Surat al-hujurat – Part 9‘
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 20th September 2016 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester
We often jump to conclusions when we see something out of place. At times there can be a very innocent and valid explanation to it all. Allah has instructed us as Muslims to be mindful of how we speak and even think of each other; to avoid conjecture and spying on one another as this may lead to violating the other person’s dignity.
Umar ibn al-Khattab mentions that if you hear something from your fellow Muslim, then as long as you can give it a favourable interpretation, make sure you give it a favourable interpretation. Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq details a humorous anecdote in this excerpt which gives us an example of how an onlooker may misinterpret a situation with little knowledge of what’s really going on.