On forbidding against despising the Muslims

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

273. Chapter: On forbidding against despising the Muslims

Allah Almighty says, "O you who believe! People should not ridicule others who may be better than themselves. Nor should any women ridicule other women who may be better than themselves. And do not find fault with one another or insult each other with derogatory nicknames. How evil it is to have a name for evil conduct after coming to belief! Those people who do not turn from it are wrongdoers." (49:11)

And the Almighty says, "Woe to every faultfinding backbiter." (104:1)

1574. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "It is enough evil for a man to despise his brother Muslim." [Muslim]

1575. Ibn Mas'ud reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who has an atom's weight of pride in his heart will not enter the Garden!" A man said, "A man likes his garment to be good and his sandals to be good." He said, "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride is to disregard the truth and to despise people." [Muslim]

1576. Jundub ibn 'Abdullah reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A man says, 'By Allah, Allah will never forgive so-and-so.' Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, 'Who is that who swears by Me that I will not forgive so-and so? I have forgiven him and your action has come to nothing." [Muslim]