Hadith on Islam: The Principle of Avoiding Harm to Fellow Muslims

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 10
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is the one who avoids harming Muslims with his tongue and hands. And a Muhajir (emigrant) is the one who gives up (abandons) all what Allah has forbidden.”

  • This hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari, narrated by Abdullah bin Amr, highlights two important aspects of being a Muslim and a Muhajir. Firstly, being a Muslim requires one to refrain from harming other Muslims with their words and actions. This includes avoiding insults, slander, backbiting, physical harm, and any other form of harm that may cause pain or discomfort to fellow Muslims. Islam emphasizes the importance of treating others with kindness, respect, and compassion, and this hadith emphasizes the importance of avoiding any behavior that may cause harm to others. Secondly, being a Muhajir (emigrant) requires one to abandon all things that Allah has forbidden. This refers to the act of leaving one’s homeland and migrating for the sake of Allah, as well as abandoning sinful behavior and habits. In Islamic tradition, the term Muhajir also applies to those who strive to improve themselves and their relationship with Allah by leaving behind sinful behavior and striving to follow the teachings of Islam. This hadith emphasizes the importance of giving up all that is forbidden by Allah and striving towards righteousness and piety.