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Hadith on Concealing: Concealment of Hidden Matters

📖Sunan Abi Dawud 4891
Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: He who sees something which should be kept hidden and conceals it will be like one who has brought to life a girl buried alive.

  • This hadith is teaching the importance of not revealing something that should be kept private or concealed. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is likening the act of concealing something that should be kept hidden to the act of bringing to life a girl who was buried alive. In pre-Islamic Arabia, the practice of burying newborn girls alive was a common and heinous crime. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is emphasizing the gravity of the sin of revealing something that should be concealed by likening it to the sin of killing an innocent child. Therefore, this hadith emphasizes the significance of maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of matters that should be kept hidden.