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Conceal the sins of your Muslim brother


Conceal the sins of your Muslim brother

Shaykh Abdul-Azeez ibn Baaz

Reference: Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baz, [9/436, 437]
Category: Scholars Advice

Question: Some patients visit me after having drunk intoxicants or taken drugs. This then results in them committing certain prohibited acts such as adultery and homosexuality. Should I inform [the authorities] of these patients or not?

Answer: Upon you is sincere advice; advise them and encourage them to repent. Conceal their sins[1] and do not take their affair further nor expose them; rather help them upon obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, and inform them that Allaah (may He be glorified) forgives the one who repents. Also, warn them from returning to these sins.

This is due to the saying of Allaah, may He be glorified:

{The believing men and the believing women are protectors of one another} [9:71] [2]

Also, the saying of Allaah:

{By Time, indeed all of Mankind is in loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deed, encourage each other upon the truth and encourage each other upon patience.} [103:1-3]

Also the saying of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam):

((The religion is sincerity.))[3]

As well as the saying of the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam):

((Whoever hides [the sins] of a Muslim, Allaah will hide [his sins] in this world and the Hereafter.))[4]

Allaah is the One who grants guidance.

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