Hadith on Relationships: Avoid Suspicion and Hate

đź“–Sahih al-Bukhari 6066
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. and do not look for the others’ faults, and do not do spying on one another, and do not practice Najsh, and do not be jealous of one another and do not hate one another, and do not desert (stop talking to) one another. And O, Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers!”

This Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari, a collection of authentic narrations of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and actions, teaches several important lessons about interpersonal relationships and social behavior in Islam:

  1. Beware of suspicion: The Prophet warns against entertaining baseless assumptions about others, as they can easily lead to spreading false rumors and damaging someone’s reputation.
  2. Do not look for the faults of others: This refers to the practice of nitpicking and finding faults in others’ behavior or character, which can create unnecessary tension and conflict.
  3. Do not spy on one another: This means not prying into someone’s personal affairs without their permission, as it can be a violation of their privacy and trust.
  4. Do not practice Najsh: This is a form of backbiting or gossip, where someone speaks ill of another person behind their back with the intention of causing harm.
  5. Do not be jealous of one another: Jealousy can create bitterness and resentment in relationships, and the Prophet advises Muslims to cultivate mutual respect and support instead.
  6. Do not hate one another: Hatred breeds animosity and can lead to destructive behavior, and the Prophet encourages Muslims to let go of animosity and work towards reconciliation and forgiveness.
  7. Do not desert (stop talking to) one another: This means not cutting off ties with someone abruptly or refusing to communicate with them, even if there are disagreements or conflicts.
  8. Be brothers: The Prophet emphasizes the importance of treating each other like family and fostering a sense of brotherhood and community among Muslims.