Veiling the faults of Muslims and the prohibition against divulging them without necessity

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

28. Chapter: Veiling the faults of Muslims and the prohibition against divulging them without necessity

Allah Almighty says, "People who love to see filth being spread abour concerning the believers will have a painful punishment both in this life and in the Next World." (24:19)

240. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No slave veils another slave in this world without Allah veiling him on the Day of Rising." [Muslim]

241. Abu Hurayra said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'All of my community will be given safety except for those who flaunt themselves. An aspect of flaunting yourself is to do an action by night and then in the morning, when Allah has veiled you, to say, "O so-and-so! I did such-and-such yesterday," removing Allah's veil in the morning after your Lord has veiled you in the night.'" [Agreed upon}

242. Abu Hurayra said, "When a female slave commits fornication and her fornication is proven, then a man should flog her and not blame her. If she commits fornication again, he should flog her and not blame her. If she commits fornication a third time, he should sell her, even for a rope made of hair."[Agreed upon]

243. Abu Hurayra said, "A man who had drunk wine was brought before the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. 'Beat him,' he ordered." Abu Hurayra continued, "Some of us beat with our hands, some with our sandals and some with our garments. When he left, one of the people said, 'May Allah disgrace you!' He said, 'Do not say that. Do not help shaytan against him.'" [al-Bukhari]