In this episode Shaykh Yahya Rhodus highlights how repeating everything that one hears is a blameworthy trait. He quotes Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “It is sufficient for a man to be considered to have sinned if he [simply] repeats everything he hears.” Shaykh Yahya explains that what this narration tells us, is the importance of verifying and ascertaining the truth from falsehood of what we hear from people. This is especially emphasized when it relates to hearing things regarding other people. If one simply repeats everything they hear, they will inevitably mix falsehood with truth in what they say. Saying falsehood is lying, which is sinful. This teaches us to have intellectual, religious, and spiritual maturity so we can learn to decipher what is true and what is not true. This is part of taqwa and preserving honor.
The Content of Character is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Chosen by the scholar, Shaykh Al-Amin Ali Mazrui and translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, this book was published to great critical acclaim.
Shaykh Al-Amin intended to show that progress among Muslims required not the abandonment of Islam but the recovery of the original spirit of Islamic enlightenment.
In this podcast series for SeekersHub, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus does a commentary on these concise and yet comprehensive sayings, with a special focus on character-building, morals, good manners and ethics.
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