Putting things right between people

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

31. Chapter: On Putting things right between people

Allah Almighty says, "There is no good in much of their secret talk, except in the case of those who enjoin sadaqa, or what is right, or putting things right between people," (W4:113; H4:114)

and the Almighty says, "Reconciliation is better." (W4:127l H4:128)

The Almighty says, "So have taqwa of Allah and put things right between you," (8:1)

and the Almighty says, "The believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers." (49:10)

248. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "There is sadaqa owed by every joint people have every day on which the sun rises. Putting things right between two people is sadaqa. Helping a man with his mount and helping him up onto it or lifting up his baggage onto it is sadaqa. A good word is sadaqa. Every step you take to the prayer is sadaqa. Removing an obstruction from the road is sadaqa." [Agreed upon]

249. Umm Kulthum bint 'Uqba ibn Abi Mu'ayt said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'Someone who puts things right between people and promotes good or says good cannot be called a liar.'" [Agreed upon]

It adds in the variant of Muslim, she said, "I did not hear him make an allowance regarding anything that people said except for three things: war, putting things right between people, and a man speaking to his wife and a wife speaking to her husband."

250. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, heard the sound of people quarrelling at the door with raised voices. One of them was asking the other to reduce his debt and to show him a little leniency. He said, 'By Allah, I will not do it.' The Messenger of Allah went out to them and said, 'Where is the one who swore by Allah that he would not do what is good?' He said, "It was I, Messenger of Allah. He can have whatever he likes.'" [Agreed upon]

251. Abu'l-'Abbas Sahl ibn Sa'd as-Sa'idi said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, heard that there was some disagreement among the Banu 'Amr ibn 'Awf at Quba'. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went out with some of the people to make peace between them. The Messenger of Allah was delayed and it became time for the prayer. Bilal went to Abu Bakr and said, 'Abu Bakr, the Messenger of Allah is delayed and it is time for the prayer. Can you lead the people?' He said, 'Yes, if you wish.' Bilal called the iqama for the prayer and Abu Bakr went forward and said the takbir for the people. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came walking through the rows until he was standing in the first row and the people started to clap. Abu Bakr was not someone who used to look around in the prayer but when the people increased their clapping, he did turn around and there was the Messenger of Allah. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, indicated to him to carry on praying but Abu Bakr raised his hands and praised Allah and then stepped backwards so that he was standing in the row and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, went forward and led the people in prayer. When he finished the prayer, he faced the people and said, 'O people, why, when something happened to you in the prayer, did you begin to clap? Clapping is for women. When something happens to you in the prayer, you should say, "Glory be to Allah!" There is no one who will not turn round when they hear the words "Glory be to Allah". Abu Bakr, what kept you from continuing to lead the people in prayer when I indicated to you to do it?' Abu Bakr said, 'It is not correct that Ibn Abi Quhafa should lead the people in prayer in front of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.'" [Agreed upon]