Praise be to Allaah.
May Allaah love you, for Whose sake you love us, and may He
bring us together in His mercy on the Day whereon neither wealth nor sons
will avail, except him who brings to Allaah a clean heart (al-Shu’ara’
With regard to what you have said in your question, we advise
you to keep away from everyone who speaks about your Muslim brothers or
slanders them, or accuses them and casts aspersion on their intentions. The
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O you who
have spoken the words of faith but faith has not entered your hearts! Do not
backbite about the Muslims or seek out their faults, for whoever seeks out
their faults, Allaah will seek out his faults even if he is his house.”
Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 4880; classed as saheeh (authentic) by al-Albaani.
It is also necessary for you to advise these people to fear
Allaah and refrain from using such labels and names that divide the Muslims. With regard to offering advice and correcting mistakes, this should not be done
by means of exposing people’s faults or casting aspersions on their
With regard to the issue of takfeer (labeling people as kaafirs - non-Muslims), this is subject to further discussion. Describing as a kaafir one
who has been described as such by Allaah or by His Messenger (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) is obligatory. Allaah has described some
groups as being kaafirs in His Book, as when He says (interpretation of the
“Surely, disbelievers are
those who said: ‘Allaah is the third of the three (in a Trinity)’”
“Surely, in disbelief are they who say that Allaah is the
Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary)”
But it is haraam (impermissible) to label as a kaafir someone whom Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not label
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Just as it is not permissible to label a specific person as a kaafir unless
the conditions of labeling someone as such have been met in his case, so too
we should not shy away from labeling as kaafirs those whom Allaah and His
Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) have labeled as
such. But we must differentiate between what is specific and what is
Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed, 2/281.
See also question no.
And Allaah knows best.
Moreover, everyone who levels an accusation against another
person must provide proof:
“Say (O Muhammad), Produce your proof if you are
“Since they produce not witnesses, they are the liars in
the sight of Allaah”
This problem is widespread among some of those who claim to
be religiously-guided, may Allaah guide them, for they make accusations
against people on grounds that are not regarded as something worthy of
criticism in sharee’ah or that do not undermine a person’s religious
Then they do not bring any proof of that, and they follow
their own whims and desires, because it is human nature to appoint oneself
as judge, praising and condemning on a whim.
We must go against the whims and desires of our own selves
and measure people by the criteria set out in Islam; we should make mention
of their good points and advise them with regard to their mistakes.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.