Fatwa: # 18188
Category: Character & Morals
Country: Canada
Date: 5th August 2009

Title

Some Muslims use profanity a lot and see nothing wrong with it. I try to tell them that that is the way of the bible, but they don't listen. On the other hand, when Hadith is...

Question

Some Muslims use profanity a lot and see nothing wrong with it.  I try to tell them that that is the way of the bible, but they don't listen.  On the other hand,  when Hadith is presented to them, they get offended and call it profanity.  I am very confused and troubled by this as it has gotten me into too much trouble.  Please advise.

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

 

In sūrat al-Mu’minūn, Allāh Ta’ālā mentions several characteristics of the believers.  Amongst those characteristics, He mentions,

 

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ * الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ * وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ (المؤمنون: 1-3)

Successful, indeed, are the belivers * Those who offer their prayers will submissiveness * And those who turn away from vain talk (Qur’ān 23:1-3)

 

One form of vain talk is profanity, and this goes against the commandments of Allāh Ta’ālā and the way of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.  The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم would neither use profanity, foul and indecent language, nor curse anyone [i].  To use profanity is unbecoming of any good, well-mannered individual, let alone a Muslim.  At the same time, it is not correct for you to associate profanity with the Bible. 

 

As for calling hadīth profanity, then whoever does so should realize that they endanger their īmān by insulting the words and/or actions of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.  The hadīth of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم deserves the greatest honor and respect.  Hence, one should be extremely careful of what he/she says in regards to it.  Imām Bukhārī reports in his Sahīh that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,

 

حدثني عبد الله بن منير سمع أبا النضر حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن عبد الله يعني ابن دينار عن أبيه عن أبي صالح عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال  إن العبد ليتكلم بالكلمة من رضوان الله لا يلقي لها بالا يرفع الله بها درجات وإن العبد ليتكلم بالكلمة من سخط الله لا يلقي لها بالا يهوي بها في جهنم (صحيح البخاري، كتاب الرقاق، باب حفظ اللسان: 5/2377؛ ابن كثير)

Verily, a person will say something that pleases Allāh, without giving it any importance, due to which Allāh will raise his ranks.  And, verily, a person will say something that will anger Allāh, without giving it any importance, due to which he will fall into the Hellfire.

 

Therefore, if your correcting such Muslims who use profanity leads them to make even worse statements, such as insulting a hadīth, and/or causes you to get into much trouble, then you may follow the commandment of Allāh Ta’ālā,

 

َإِذَا سَمِعُوا اللَّغْوَ أَعْرَضُوا عَنْهُ وَقَالُوا لَنَا أَعْمَالُنَا وَلَكُمْ أَعْمَالُكُمْ سَلَامٌ عَلَيْكُمْ لَا نَبْتَغِي الْجَاهِلِينَ (القصص: 55)

And when they hear vain talk, they withdraw from it and say, “To us are our deeds and to you are yours.  Peace by upon you.  We do not seek the ignorant” (Qur’ān 28:55)

 

[i]

 حدثنا أصبغ قال أخبرني ابن وهب أخبرنا أبو يحيى هو فليح بن سليمان عن هلال بن أسامة عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال لم يكن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم سبابا ولا فحاشا ولا لعانا

(صحيح البخاري، كتاب الأدب، باب لم يكن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فاحشا ولا متفحشا: 5/2243؛ ابن كثير)

 

And Allah knows best

Wassalaamu `alaykum

Ml. Abrar Mirza,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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