Looking for faults of fellow Muslims


1. What is the meaning of: "Iman has not entered their hearts".

2. What is the meaning of: "Allah Ta’ala will search for his faults and the one who Allah takes to task, Allah will disgrace him even if he is in his home."

عن ابن عمر قال: صعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المنبر فنادى بصوت رفيع، فقال: يا معشر من أسلم بلسانه ولم يفض الإيمان إلى قلبه، لا تؤذوا المسلمين ولا تعيروهم ولا تتبعوا عوراتهم، فإنه من تتبع عورة أخيه المسلم تتبع الله عورته، ومن تتبع الله عورته يفضحه ولو في جوف رحله 

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports: “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once ascended the pulpit and called out in a loud voice, ‘O those who have accepted Islam with their tongues while Iman has not entered their hearts! Do not cause harm to the Muslims, do not rebuke them and do not search for their faults, for verily the one who searches for his Muslim brother’s faults, Allah Ta’ala will search for his faults and the one who Allah takes to task, Allah will disgrace him even if he is in his home.'” (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2032 and Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5763)

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib) and Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic (sahih).


1. Imaan is a wholehearted confession. It is not just a verbal agreement.

2. It means don't look for the faults of Muslims, and if you do then you will be disgraced at some point in time.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)