On anger when the sacred things of the Shari'a are violated and helping the deen of Allah Almighty

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

77. Chapter: On anger when the sacred things of the Shari'a are violated and helping the deen of Allah Almighty

Allah says, "If someone honours Allah's the sacred rites, that is better for him in his Lord's sight," (22:30)

and the Almighty says, "If you help Allah, He will help you and make your feet firm." (W47:8; H47:7)

649. Abu Mas'ud 'Uqba ibn 'Amr al-Badri said, "A man came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, 'By Allah, Messenger of Allah, the only reason I do not attend the morning prayer is because so-and-so makes the prayer too long for us.' I have never seen the Messenger of Allah more angry in giving admonition than he was that day. He said, 'Some of you make things difficult for people. Any of you who of you lead people in prayer should make it short. Among you there are those who are weak, old and have things they must do.'" [Agreed upon]

650. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came from a journey and I had screened off a shelf of mine with a curtain which had some figures on it. When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, saw it, he ripped it down and his face changed colour. He said, ''A'isha, the people with the worst punishment with Allah on the Day of Rising will be those who make things like Allah's creation.'" [Agreed upon]

651. 'A'isha reported that Quraysh were concerned with the case of a Makhzumi woman who had stolen something and they said, "Who will speak to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, about her?" They said, "Who is bold enough to do it except Usama ibn Zayd, the beloved of the Messenger of Allah?" Usama spoke to him and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "How can you intercede when it is a case of one of the legal punishments of Allah Almighty?" Then he stood up and spoke and said, "Those before you were destroyed because when a noble among them stole, they let him be, but when the weak among them stole, they carried out the legal punishment on them. By Allah, if Fatima the daughter of Muhammad were to steal, I would cut off her hand." [Agreed upon]

652. Anas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, saw some phlegm in the qibla. It was so offensive to him that it could be seen in his face. He got up and scraped it off with his hand. He said, "When anyone does the prayer, he is speaking to his Lord and his Lord Allah is between him and the qibla. None of you should spit towards qibla, but rather to his left or under his food." Then he took the end of his cloak and spat into it and then folded it up and said, "Or he should do this." [Agreed upon]

The command to spit to his left or under his foot refers to outside the mosque. In the mosque, you should only spit into your garment.