Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence, Allaah will protect his face from the Hellfire
“Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence, Allaah will protect his face from the Fire of Hell on the Day of Resurrection.”
[Related by At-Tirmidhee who graded it to be Hasan. Ahmad has something similar from the Hadeeth of Asmaa’ bint Yazeed]
Explanation: “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence…”
Meaning: In the state of his brother’s absence. If he happens to attend a gathering and his Muslim brother is being mentioned with sin or being degraded, then he defends him as he would defend his own honor, because his brother’s honor is like his own.
Therefore he defends his brother’s honor, by censuring the backbiters and preventing them from persisting as it relates to the honor of his Muslim brother. He does not resign and stay quiet, leaving them to backbite. This is the Muslim’s obligation, and it is not permitted for him to stay quiet and keep the peace, for he will be sinning due to that and he will be a sharer and partner to them regarding the sin, (that is) because he saw an evil (taking place) and he did not change it, whilst having the ability to do so.
How much more then, if he participated with them in the act, and he began backbiting with them? This is even worse. As for if he defends his brother’s honor and he prevents them from backbiting his brother, then Allaah, the Majestic and Exalted, will reward him by protecting his face from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection. This is a tremendous favor, because on the Day of Resurrection, the Fire will be brought in to view.
He سُبحانه وتعالى said:
وَبُرِّزَتِ الْجَحِيمُ لِمَن يَرَى
“And Hell-fire shall be made apparent in full view for (every) one who sees.”
And He, سُبحانه وتعالى said:
وَرَأَى الْمُجْرِمُونَ النَّارَ فَظَنُّوا أَنَّهُم مُّوَاقِعُوهَا وَلَمْ يَجِدُوا عَنْهَا مَصْرِفًا
“And the Mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists, sinners) shall see the Fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein.”
(Al- Kahf 18:53)
It will be hot and blazing, and nothing will protect against it except for righteous actions. A person will look to his right side, and he will not see anything except what he has done, and he will look to his left side and he will not see anything except what he has done, and he will look in front of himself and he will not see anything except the Fire, therefore it is upon him to prepare for this situation.
And from preparing for this situation is to refrain from (encroaching upon) the honor of the Muslim and defending them. So this (hadeeth) contains the exhortation toward defending the honor of the Muslims which is being violated in gatherings or in writings. If you were to see someone writing about a Muslim, and the ‘Ulamaa’ specifically, and the Muslim Ruler, then it is upon you to defend them, as this is from defending the honor of the Muslims.
(Extract from Sharh Buloogh al-Maram of Sheikh Saleh al Fawzaan, pg. 291-292)
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