Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 37218
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Nov 22,2016

Title: 70 excuses for Muslim



Are there any virtues for visiting the grave of Hazrat Hussain Radiallahuanhu?

I have heard that Ali radiallahuanhu did not wish to disclose the location of his grave before he passed away. Do we then agree that the location of his grave is at the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The quote in reference is not a Hadith. Hereunder are the quotes from our pious predecessors;

شعب الإيمان جلد١٠ ص٥٥٩ 

أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو حَازِمٍ، أنا أَبُو عَبْدِ اللهِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْعَبَّاسِ الْعُصَمِيُّ، حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو الْحُسَيْنِ بْنُ أَبِي عَلِيٍّ الْخَلَّادِيُّ، نا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ الْفَارِسِيُّ، نا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ، عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ الْكَلْبِيِّ، قَالَ: قَالَ جَعْفَرُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ: " إِذَا بَلَغَكَ عَنْ أَخِيكَ الشَّيْءُ تُنْكِرُهُ فَالْتَمِسْ لَهُ عُذْرًا وَاحِدًا إِلَى سَبْعِينَ عُذْرًا، فَإِنْ أَصَبْتَهُ وَإِلَّا قُلْ: لَعَلَّ لَهُ عُذْرًا لَا أَعْرِفُهُ "


Translation: Ja’far ibn Muhammad states, “When you hear something about your (Muslim) brother which you dislike, search for a justification until you find seventy justifications (for that action). If one of the explanations fit the scenario (consider that the reason). If (even after searching for an explanation) you do not find an excuse, say (to yourself) perhaps there is a reason which I could not find.” (Shu’ab Al-Iman V.10 Page 559)



شعب الإيمان جلد١٣ ص٥٠٤

وَسَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ، يَقُولُ: سَمِعْتُ مَنْصُورَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللهِ الْهَرَوِيَّ، سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَلِيٍّ الثَّقَفِيَّ، سَمِعْتُ حَمْدُونَ الْقَصَّارَ، يَقُولُ: " إِذَا زَلَّ أَخٌ مِنْ إِخْوَانِكُمْ، فَاطْلُبُوا لَهُ سَبْعِينَ عُذْرًا، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَقْبَلْهُ قُلُوبُكُمْ فَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ الْمَعِيبَ أَنْفُسُكُمْ حَيْثُ ظَهَرَ لِمُسْلِمٍ سَبْعُونَ عُذْرًا، فَلَمْ يَقْبَلْهُ "


Translation: Hamdun Al-Qassar states, “If a friend errs, make seventy excuses for them. If your hearts are unable to do this, then know that the shortcoming is in your own selves since seventy excuses were presented but weren’t accepted.” (Shu’ab Al-Iman V.13 Page 504)

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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