Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #90

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله ، وبعد

﴿وَعِبَادُ الرَّحْمَنِ الَّذِينَ يَمْشُونَ عَلَى الأَرْضِ هَوْنًا وَإِذَا خَاطَبَهُمُ الْجَاهِلُونَ قَالُوا سَلاَمًا﴾

{And the slaves of al-Rahmaan (the Most Beneficent (Allaah)) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness} [Surah al-Furqaan (25): 63]

Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Saaleh al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله said:

{And the slaves of al-Rahmaan}, those upon whom Allaah تعالى has bestowed His Mercy and guided them towards goodness, they are the ones who walk on the earth in humility, meaning: if you see anyone of them, one would find him to be a person with solemnity in his walk without having the attitude of hasty impulsiveness.

{and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.}, meaning: they would speak with words which would protect them from the evil of the foolish ones. It doesn’t mean that they would just say “Assalaam `alaikum” (as many English translations have wrongly translated); rather, it means that if a foolish person addresses him, he would reply (with gentleness) in a way that would protect him from his evil. He may either respond to him in a way that which is better or he would remain silent if he sees that remaining silent is better. The important thing is that one speaks with words (of wisdom) which protect him from the foolish one, because dealing with a foolish person is difficult. If you argue or quarrel with him, he may perhaps say something bad to you (which may hurt your feelings) or he may unexpectedly say something bad about the goodness towards which you trying to call him, (or) he may end up insulting the Deen – and Allaah’s refuge is sought.

So from the guidance which the slaves of al-Rahmaan have received is that when the foolish people address them, they reply back with words of gentleness, meaning: they say words which protects them and prevents any harm from reaching them.

Similarly, from the characteristics (of the slaves of al-Rahmaan), which Allaah تعالى mentions in the succeeding Aayaat, is:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ﴾

{And those who do not witness falsehood} [Surah al-Furqaan (25): 72]

Meaning: they do not witness (or attend gatherings) where falsehood (and evil speech) is rampant or where there is obscene behavior.

﴿وَإِذَا مَرُّوا بِاللَّغْوِ﴾

{and if they pass by some play or talk} [Surah al-Furqaan (25): 72]

Meaning: a thing in which there is neither goodness nor evil.

﴿مَرُّوا كِرَامًا﴾

{they pass by it with dignity} [Surah al-Furqaan (25): 72]

Meaning: they pass by it while they are safe from it. The things can either be good or evil or just a waste (of time). If it is evil, they (the slaves of al-Rahmaan) do not bear witness to it; and if it is useless, they protect themselves from it and pass by it with dignity; but as for goodness, they nurture themselves in it.

[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen of Shaikh Ibn al-`Uthaymeen (4/90-91)]

Imaam al-Shaafi`ee رحمه الله said:

إذا نطق السفيه فلا تجبه فخير من إجابته السكوتُ
فإن كلمته فرَّجت عنه وإن خلَّيتَهُ كَمَداً يَمُوتُ

When a foolish one speaks, do not respond to him,
For better than responding to him is silence;

For if you speak to him, you have indeed aided him,
But if you leave him (with no reply), in extreme sadness he dies!
[Deewaan of Imaam al-Shaafi`ee (pg. 38)]

“Never argue with foolish people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” [Anonymous]

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