Common errors in duaa' [2]

Do Not Curse Someone

It is not the character of a Muslim to curse others. The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The Muslim is not (given to) harming others, or cursing them, or being vulgar, or obscene. (Bukhari) 

Once, the Companions were whipping an individual that had been caught drinking wine. 'Umar (RA), in his anger, cursed the man. Hearing this, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Don't say that! Don't help Shaytan against him!" (Bukhari)

That was character and nobility of the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam), even in such severe circumstances!

The punishment for drinking intoxicants is that a person be whipped a certain number of times, yet, even while inflicting this punishment; it is not allowed to curse or harm him in any other manner. And if this is the case with a drunkard, then how much more so for a Muslim that has committed a much smaller sin, or mistake, or even no crime at all!

Not Even the Dead 

It is also prohibited to curse the dead, for the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Do not curse the dead for they have already gone forth to what they have sent." (Bukhari)

In other words, a dead person has already met whatever is in store for him, so there is nothing to be gained by cursing them. This applies to all dead people, except those whom Allaah or the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) cursed.

Non Inanimate Things

Cursing is even prohibited when it comes to inanimate objects, diseases or animals. The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The wind is of the helpers of Allaah. It brings His Mercy and His Punishment. So when you see it, do not curse it, and ask Allaah its good, and seek refuge in Him from its evil."

In another hadeeth, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

"Do not curse the rooster, for it wakes up (people) for the prayer. (Abu Dawud)

And in yet another hadeeth, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) entered upon Umm al-Sa'ib (RA), and found her shivering. He asked her what her problem was, so she replied, "I have a fever, may Allaah not bless it!" The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) then said:

"Do not curse the fever, for it rids the sins of the children of Adam like a furnace rids iron of its evil." (Muslim)

It should be mentioned that, in certain severe cases, to curse someone in particular is allowed, as it has been narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) cursed certain specific individuals because they had caused great harm to the Muslims.

Do Not Limit Allaah's Mercy

Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported: "The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) stood up for prayer, and we stood up with him. A Bedouin who was praying with us said, 'O Allaah! Have mercy on myself and Muhammad and do not have mercy on any besides us two!

After the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) had finished his prayer, he smiled and said:

"Indeed, you have confined something very vast meaning the Mercy of Allaah." (Bukhari)

It is not a part of faith to try to stop Allaah's Mercy from descending upon others and neither is a person capable of doing this, for Allaah says:

"And My Mercy prevails over all things!" (Q7[A'raf]: 156)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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