“Hate the sin, but not the sinner.”(??)

Part 1: Love and hatred for the sake of Allah by Shaykh Ibn Baz (rahimahullah)

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, the Ever Merciful…

Allaah describes the true believers in Islaam with the following description:

( وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَشَدُّ حُبًّا للهِ )

( While the people of eemaan are stronger in their love for Allaah [than anyone else] ) [Soorah al-Baqarah: 165]

Love and hatred are opposites.  Since it is logically impossible to truly love something without hating what stands against it, Muslims both love and hate for the sake of Allaah.

The Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) guided us to this balance and moderation in our emotions when he said:

(( إِنَّ أَوْثَقَ عُرَى الإِيْمَانِ أَنْ تُحِبَّ فِي اللهِ وَتُبْغِضَ فِي اللهِ ))

“Verily the strongest handhold of faith is that you love for the sake
of Allah and that you hate for the sake of Allah.”[Ahmad 4/286, authentic]

The great scholar, Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez ibn Baaz(d.1420, may Allaah have Mercy on him) was asked about love and hatred for the sake of Allaah, and he replied:

Loving for Allaah is when you love (someone) for Allaah’s sake, the Blessed and Exalted, because you believe him to be a person of taqwaa (mindfulness of Allaah’s orders) and eemaan (upright beliefs, statements, and actions).  Because of these things you love such a person for the sake of Allaah.

You also hate for the sake of Allaah when you see a disobedient disbeliever.  You hate such a person for the sake of Allaah.

You also hate a disobedient person, even if he is a Muslim, based on the degree of his disobedience.

This is how a believer is – He allows his heart to react to both types of people, loving some of them for the sake of Allaah.  He loves the people of eemaan and taqwaa for the sake of Allaah, while he hates the people of disbelief, evil, and disobedience for Allaah’s sake, allowing his heart to interact with both kinds.

In the case when there is good and bad in a person, like a disobedient Muslim, then he loves him for his Islaam and hates him for his disobedience, combining both emotions of love and hatred for one person.

As for the people of eemaan and the people of upright Islaamic practice, then he (a true believer) loves them wholeheartedly.  Similarly, he hates the people of disbelief wholeheartedly.

But regarding someone who has both things (good and bad traits), a disobedient Muslim, he loves him based on the level of his eemaan and Islaam, while he hates him according to the level of his disobedience and violations (of Islaamic beliefs and practices).

Important note: With these necessary emotions, Muslims are required to maintain an important balance, and they are not allowed to transgress against the rights of those they hate.  Allaah says:

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ للهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالقِسْطِ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَئَانُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلَّا تَعْدِلُواْ اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللهَ إِنَّ اللهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

( O you who believe!  Stand devoutly for Allah as witnesses of justice, and do not let your animosity for some people prevent you from being fair.  Be fair, as it is closer to piety, and observe your duty to Allah.  Verily, Allah is all-informed of what you do! ) [Soorah al-Maa’idah, 5:8]

TEST YOUR UNDERSTANDING:

According to Christians, hatred is an irreligious behavior.  How are Muslims different from Christians in this regard?

Some people say, “We should hate disbelief, but not the disbelievers themselves as people.  We should hate beliefs and actions, but not people.”  How would you respond?

Some people say that Muslims must not hate anything, and to be a Muslim you must abandon all forms of hatred! How would you respond?

Written by: Moosaa Richardson

Source: http://www.bakkah.net/en/shaykh-ibn-baaz-on-love-and-hatred-for-the-sake-of-allaah.htm

Part 2: A Message to the Haters by Yusuf Estes: No Hatred in Islam!

Yusuf Estes, American Muslim preacher, delivers a clear message to the haters: There is no hatred in Islam!  In fact, for a Muslim to hate something is “the beginning of the problem” as he puts it.

In this new innovative explanation of love and hatred in Islam, he says:

…But you know, when people have to hate something, that’s the beginning of the problem.  I don’t have to hate anybody to be a Muslim.  If somebody needs me to hate Christians, I don’t need that.  If you need me to hate the Jewish, I don’t need that.

If you need me to hate a person – where he’s from, what he looks like, what his color is, I don’t need it.  I left that when I came to Islam…

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4evdPukt0Q&t=8m00s

While these words might sound inspirational, or at least acceptable, to some Muslims of a similar background (ex-Christians who haven’t learned much about Islam), or those who wish to “modify” Islam to fit the standards of the disbelievers’ current beliefs and understanding, this idea is actually in stark contradiction to the teachings of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace).  He said:

(( إِنَّ أَوْثَقَ عُرَى الإِيْمَانِ أَنْ تُحِبَّ فِي اللهِ وَتُبْغِضَ فِي اللهِ ))

“Verily the strongest handhold of faith is that you love for the sake of Allah and that you hate for the sake of Allah.”[Ahmad 4/286, authentic]

And he said (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace):

(( مَنْ أَعْطَى للهِ تَعَالَى، وَمَنَعَ للهِ، وَأَحَبَّ للهِ وَأَبْغَضَ للهِ، وَأَنْكَحَ للهِ، فَقَدِ اسْتَكْمَلَ إِيمَانَهُ ))

“Whoever gives for Allah, the Most High, withholds for Allah, loves for Allah, hates for Allah, and marries for Allah has perfected his eemaan [Ahmad 3/440, Tirmithee #2521, authentic]

Love and hatred are natural human emotions.  Islam does not require Muslims to pretend not to have emotions, as the Christians believe they are required to do in their religion.  Instead, Islam guides us to balance and moderation in our emotions, and thus we love those who deserve to be loved, and hate those who deserve to be hated, in a balanced way that does not interfere with our obligation to be fair and just to everyone:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ للهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالقِسْطِ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَئَانُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلَّا تَعْدِلُواْ اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللهَ إِنَّ اللهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ

( O you who believe!  Stand devoutly for Allah as witnesses of justice, and do not let your animosity for some people prevent you from being fair.  Be fair, as it is closer to piety, and observe your duty to Allah.  Verily, Allah is all-informed of what you do! ) [Soorah al-Maa’idah, 5:8]

Yusuf Estes needs to be reminded that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) identified “hating” as an essential part of faith in Islam.  Hopefully, Yusuf Estes would not dare respond by saying:

I don’t need that!

Source: http://yusufestesquran.com/2012/11/19/message-to-haters-no-hatred-in-islam/

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3 Responses to “Hate the sin, but not the sinner.”(??)

  1. abuwareesha says:

    Abu khalilah…is there a specific ways mcm kita show hate or love for the sake of Allah..like is it just speech…believe in the heart..or…ade tk article that follow up?

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