This is the way of the Salaf. They did not tolerate people’s honor to be attacked unjustly. So when we make the claim of following the Salaf and we’re in gatherings which people are being spoken about unjustly, remember this narration. May Allāh guide us all to truly follow the way of the Salaf and not just be people who make the claim of following the Salaf.
The Noble Scholar Shaykh Muhammad bin Sālih Al-‘Uthaymīn رحمه الله stated:
“A person is obligated not to give precedence to his emotions over the (Islāmic) legislation and sound intellect. Indeed emotions are not reliable (because they’re subjective). How often does a person act emotionally then retracts. However, the (Islāmic) legislation is a firm basis (that doesn’t change).”
[At-Ta’līq ‘Alā Sahīh Al-Bukhārī V.2 Pg.368]
قال العلامة الشيخ محمد بن صالح العثيمين رحمه الله
يجب على الإنسان ألا يُقدم العاطفة على الشريعة والعقل فإن العاطفة غير مأمونة وما أكثر ما ينعطف الإنسان في شيء ثم يرجع لكن الشرع أساس متين
“Perhaps a (short) time of pleasure brings about a longtime sorrow.”
[Az-Zuhd of Ibn Al-Mubārak 1/98]
عن عبد الله بن مسعود رضي الله عنه قال
“رُبَّ شهوة ساعةٍ، تُورثُ حُزْنًا طوِيلًا”
[الزهد لابن المبارك (1/ 98)]
The evil pleasures of life are only temporarily enjoyed, however, the punishment of Allāh is severe and unbearable. Therefore, it is from sound intellect that one controls oneself and forebear the inner-struggle when turning away from the evil pleasures to protect oneself from the possibility of experiencing longtime sorrow in this life as well as the next life.
Maymūn bin Mihrān رحمه الله stated:”Patience is two types: Being patient upon the calamities (that befall a person and that) is good. And better than that is being patient as it relates to keeping away from the acts of disobedience (of Allāh).
“[As-Sabr wa Ath-Thawāb ‘Alayhi of Ibn Abī Ad-Dunyā Pg. 29]
قال ميمون بن مهران رحمه الله
الصبر صبران: الصبر على المصيبة حسن، وأفضل من ذلك الصبر عن المعاصي
[الصبر والثواب عليه لابن أبي الدنيا. ص 29]
My noble brothers and sisters in Islām, it’s very important that we observe patience for the sake of Allāh in our lives. Especially when it comes to being tested with calamities. But more importantly, we must observe patience when the test come in the form of the sins of desires. Our desire to please Allāh must be greater than our desire to please and satisfy our lust at the expense of pleasing Allāh. May Allāh guide us all to observe patience for His sake when tested with calamities and sins.
“Whoever is pleased with the actions of a people will be resurrected with them just as the wife of Lūt will be resurrected with the people even though she did not indulge in the indecent act of homosexuality.”
The Noble Scholar Shaykh Sulaymān Ar-Ruhaylī حفظه الله stated:
“O my brother, O my brother, O my brother, I swear by Allāh, I’m a sincere advisor to you. If that which is being sought from you to say (about someone) with your tongue, does not agree with that which is in your heart, beware of speaking, even if the people boycott you. What are you going to say to Allāh when you are resurrected and Allāh speaks to you directly with no interpreter and Allāh knows what’s in your heart and He knows that which you said you only said it to appease the people but that which is in your heart is other than that?!