In light of the Aisha Khan case and many other cases of the similar kind, one must never ever accuse a Muslim regardless of what they’ve done. It is a major sin to accuse innocent Muslim women even if you think the accusation will somehow prove to be true. We’re not accountable for what they did. We’re accountable for what we do and think:
“Verily, those who accuse chaste women, who never even think of anything touching their chastity and are good believers — are cursed in this life and in the Hereafter, and for them will be a great torment” [al-Noor 24:23]
I know I cannot change the world but at least I can change myself. So this is how I’m going to live life and initiate change and I request everyone to make the same promise to themselves. This is my promise: if there’s one place in the entire world a Muslim brother/sister will feel safe with their honor/wealth/mind…then that would inshaa’Allah be me. I will try my best to not let my personal grudges get in the way and I will choose to bend in front of Allah SWT than prostrate to my Nafs or Shaytan’s waswasa. And of course it is upto Allah SWT to Help me control me.
I’m sure even thinking that way makes one feel better. Now let me tell you that there are great rewards for it. So every time somebody dishonors a person in your presence, I ask you to remember the following ahadith and take appropriate steps. That person doesn’t necessarily has to be an ‘Alim to warrant your defence. Any Muslim brother or sister! Too many people watch and allow injustice to happen. It’s not a true Muslim’s habit to allow that to take place inshaa’Allah.
Reward for Protecting a Muslim’s Honor
- From Abu’l-Darda’ RA: The Messenger of Allah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends the honour of his brother, this will be a protection for him from the Fire.” [Al-Khara’iti, Makarim al-Akhlaq; Ibn ‘Asakir. There is nothing wrong with its Isnad as there is corroborating evidence. See Ghayah al-Maram (below Hadith No. 431).]
- From Asma’ bint Yazid RA, who said: The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour in his absence, will be entitled to Allah’s protection from the Fire.” [Ahmad et al. It is Sahih because of corroborating and similar reports. See Ghayah al-Maram (431).]
- The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honour, Allah will protect his face from the Fire of the Day of Resurrection.“[Narrated and classed as Hasan by al-Tirmidhi. Classed as Hasan by al-Albani, Ghayah al-Maram (below Hadith 431).]
Punishment for Dishonoring a Muslim
- From Mu’adh ibn Anas al-Juhani: The Prophet salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever protects a Muslim from a hypocrite, (probably he said:) Allah will send an angel to protect his flesh from the Fire of Hell; and whoever accuses a Muslim of something, seeking to disgrace him, Allah will detain him on the bridge of Hell until he has been fully punished for what he said.” [Abu Dawud: Sahih Sunan Ab iDawud (4086); Ibn Abi Dunya. See also al-Albani, Sahih al-Targhib wa’l-Tarhib.]
And Allah SWT knows best.