Situations that give rise to Suspicion


Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Sheikh Gibril,

I hope you and your family are with ‘aafiya.

In Kitab al-Arba’een of Imam al-Ghazali, he mentions a hadith in the section on fulfilling the rights of Muslims which I couldn’t ascertain its origin. It is ‘Guard (ittaqoo) the places of suspicion (mawaadhi’ at-tuhm).’



`Alaykum as-Salam,

Allah bless you and yours always.

Mulla `Ali al-Qari said in al-Asrar al-Marfu`a under the entry “Ittaqu mawaqi` al-tuham“:

<<‘Steer clear of situations that give rise to accusations.’ This is the meaning of `Umar’s (Allah be well-pleased with him and make him pleased) statement, ‘Whoever walks suspicious paths will be under suspicion.’ Al-Khara’iti narrated it halted at `Umar in Makarim al-Akhlaq in the wording ‘Whoever puts himself in a suspicious spot, let him never blame any that think ill of him.’>>

The latter report is narrated from the Companion Budayl b. Warqa’ from our liegelord `Umar by al-Khara’iti as stated by Hafiz al-Silafi in al-Muntaqa min Makarim al-Akhlaq lil-Khara’iti (p. 105 §236).

Mawlana Shaykh Nazim (Allah sanctify his secret) always avoided drinking from a bottle of water inside the car that picked him up at night after tarawih in London—although parched—lest it give rise to ill thinking.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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