“All of My Ummah will be Excused, Except for Those who Make Their Sins Known” (13 Points of Benefit)
- Concealing one’s sins cannot be considered hypocrisy, since we have been prohibited from exposing them, so rather it is an act of obedience.
- Exposing one’s sins can happen in more than one way. Notice that the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said, “And verily it is a kind of mujaaharah…” Meaning that there are other kinds. A man intentionally leaving evidence of his sin for others to see fits the description of mujaaharah as mentioned in the hadeeth, as does a man writing about his sins, or confessing to a pious person, as found among the Christians and some of the Soofees who have blindly imitated them. An exception to this would be a Muslim turning himself into those in authority and seeking to have the Islaamic punishment applied to him to purify himself, or a Muslim who wants to learn if his sin corrupted his Hajj, so he asks about the effects of his sexual intercourse that he had while he was in ihraam, and the likes, while he takes all means to screen himself in his question if possible, by saying, “If someone did such and such, then what is upon him…?”
- What is called “fah-wal-khitaab”, or something even more rightly being included in the meaning of this prohibition would be: actually commiting the sins in front of the people, since if it is prohibited to inform people about one’s sins, then even more despicable would be to actually commit the sin in front of the people. This shows even more of a lack of shame. This shows the mistake of the one who sins in public and says, “I am not a hypocrite, I do not try to hide what I do,” thinking to be upon sincerity. It also shows the straying of the extreme Soofees who commit sins in front of the people to be belittled by the people, thinking to attain humility and draw close to Allaah!
- Since all of the children of Aadam have sins, then they all have to conceal their sins.
- Some of the scholars, like Ibn al-Qayyim, affirmed the Name “as-Sitteer” (the One who screens) for Allaah the Almighty, based on a hadeeth collected by an-Nasaa’ee in his Sunan, and authenticated by al-Albaanee.
- Being shameful about one’s sins leads one to repent honestly between himself and his Lord.
- Speaking openly about one’s sins means that one takes that affair of disobedience that he did lightly, and thus it is not likely that he will repent from the sin.
- Being “excused” as mentioned in the hadeeth can refer to both this life and the Next. As for this life, then concealing one’s sins excuses a person from being talked about, and an-Nawawee mentioned that from the kinds of permissible backbiting is to mention the sins of people who expose their sins. As for the Next Life, then since concealing one’s sins is obedience to the Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam), an act of hayaa’ which is from eemaan, and something that leads to honest repentence, then it is something that earns the pleasure of Allaah. Thus, the person will be excused from what would reach him if Allaah was angry with him.
And Allaah knows best.