when he leaves it then he’s my brother…

Taken from brother Joe Bradford

From Abu Qilabah: Abu al-Dardā’ passed by a man who had sinned and people were cursing him.

He said: What if you found him stuck down a well? Wouldn’t you try to pull him out?

They replied: Of course.

He said: Then don’t curse your brother; instead thank God who protected you from sin.

They asked: Well shouldn’t we hate him?

He replied: I only hate his action, when he leaves it then he’s my brother.

عن أبي قلابة، أن أبا الدرداء مر على رجل قد أصاب ذنبا وكانوا يسبونه.

فقال: أرأيتم لو وجدتموه في قليب، ألم تكونوا تستخرجونه؟

قالوا: بلى.

قال: “فلا تسبوا أخاكم، واحمدوا الله الذي عافاكم.

قالوا: أفلا نبغضه؟

قال: إنما أبغض عمله، فإذا ترك فهو أخي.

~ رواه عبد الرزاق في مصنفه والبيهقي في شعب الإيمان.

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