Is this a hadith? ; “A person is not blamed because of his love of his nation” If it is a hadith then could you please explain it?
Submitted by on Thu, 16/12/2010 - 13:19
Dear Brother / Sister,
Yes, it is hadith. The complete form and meaning of the hadith is as follows;
Wasila b. Al-Aqsa narrates: I asked Prophet Muhammad (BPUH), “Is one’s favoring his own nation considered racism?” He answered; “No, racism is one’s supporting the cruelty that his own nation does” (see. Ahmad b. Hanbal, 4/107; Majmau’z-Zawaid,6/244).
The meaning of this hadith is as follows: There is no haram for a person in loving his own relatives, nation, citizens and countrymen more than anyone as a result of such ties. Of course, these loved ones must be worthy of love. Otherwise preferring a bad friend instead of a good foreign person is considered madness according to the religious point of view.
We can extend the meaning of the expression in the hadith as cited; “one’s supporting the cruelty that his own nation does” with the concept of “cruelty” in general.
That is to say, it is a sin to support a relative who oppresses another person; likewise, it is also a sin not to see the torture of a relative to his own nafs (soul) and his revolt just because he is his/her relative. The safest way is to base everything on Allah’s sake and brotherhood of belief.
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