“KEYS TO STRENGTHENING THE RANKS OF THE SALAFEES”
A proof that Islamic legislation encourages us to guard our brothers’ thoughtsfrom suspicion and confusion is the following Prophetic tradition
:On the authority of Anas b. Maalik [d. 92/93 AH]:
A man passed by theMessenger of Allah while he, prayers and peace upon him, was with a woman. So,the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him, summoned the man andsaid:
This is my wife
The man said:
O Messenger of Allah, that which I would have suspected aboutsomeone else, I did not suspect that about you.
Upon hearing that, the Messengerof Allah, prayers and peace upon him, said:
the devil circulatesthrough mankind just as blood does
[Collected by Muslim, #2174]
mad, may Allah protect him, explained this prophetic practice by saying:From this prophetic practice, we are enlightened to something that Islamencourages: Islam encourages us to guard our brothers’ thoughts, just as theMessenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him, guarded his Companions’thoughts.So, guard your
brothers’ thoughts; aid them in having good thoughtsabout you by being cautious about being around those who do not practice Islamaccording to the Qur’aan and
as understood by the Companions, lest your
brothers may question: “Why are you behaving in such amanner?”
Ahmad paraphrased this hadith. I returned back to its source andfound its exact wording.
[TN]: Ibn al-Jawzee mentions al-Khattaabee said: “This Prophetic practice shows thedesirability of being cautious about performing disliked actions that may causesuspicious thoughts to enter into the hearts [of people].”“We also learn that a person should seek safety from [the evil thoughts] of peopleby performing actions which are free from doubt.” [See