Qadi Iyas and the Person who spoke ill of his fellow muslim

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem

Alhamdulilah Allahumma sali ala sayidna Muhammad wa ala ali Muhammad

Qadi Iyas (rahimahullah) and the person who spoke ill of his fellow muslim:

Sufyan ibn Husayn al-Wasiti rahimahullah says: “I spoke ill of a person in the presence of Iyas ibn Mu’awiyah al-Muzani (rahimahullah) who was the judge of Basra, a Tabi’i and a very intelligent person. So he looked at me in the face and asked: ‘Did you wage war against the romans?’

I replied: ‘No.’

He asked: ‘Did you wage war against Sind, India and the Turks?’

I replied: ‘No.’

He said: ‘How is it that the Romans, the Sindis, the Indians and the Turks are safe from you while your own Muslim brother is not safe from you?’

Sufyan (rahimahullah) says: ‘I never did this again, i.e. I never found fault with anyone nor did I speak ill of anyone.'” (Ibn Kathir (rahimahullah): al-Bidayah wa an-Nihayah, vol. 9, p.336)

Taken from ‘The Sunnah Way of the Sufis by Imam Harith al-Muhasibi rahimahullah Researched and explained by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah rahimahullah Translated by Mahomed Mahomedy (Zam Zam Publishers)

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