Who are we to Judge? We are Muslims following Allah’s Commands

Posted: September 7, 2014 in Qur'an and Sunnah, Standing up against Wrongdoings, Unity
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Who are you to judge medBismillah-hir Rahman-nir Raheem (in the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

It is not uncommon for me to come across Muslims who, when asked about the sins they openly commit, fire back with the response, “Who are you to judge? Allah’s Knows what’s in my heart.”

“Let the people of the Injeel (Gospel) judge by what Allah has revealed therein.
And whosoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed (then) such (people)
are the Fasiqun (the rebellious i.e. disobedient (of a lesser degree) to Allah.”
Surat Al-Ma’idah v47

“And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad ) the Book (this Qur’an) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Mohayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures). So judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allah willed, He would have made you one nation, but that (He) may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you (all) is to Allah; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.” Surat Al-Ma’idah v48

The fact is that we are all in a position to judge and we have the responsibility of judging – with knowledge and wisdom – and not to overstep our bounds. We are not in any position to judge what’s in a person’s heart but we can judge by a person’s action.

And we have to judge.

Because without judging, we cannot fulfil the Commands of Allah, such as loving and hating for the sake of Allah (al-Walaa’ wal Bara’aa), stopping evil with our hands, enjoining good and forbidding people from wrongs, providing guidance for those who are in error or commit sins, and so on. The phrase “Who are you to judge?” is increasingly being used by Muslims who don’t take responsibility for the sins they commit in public, who don’t want the finger pointed at them, who don’t want to feel uncomfortable about the things they are doing wrong – its an excuse to hide behind sins, not a reason. We are an Ummah and Islam is not restricted to being an individual’s choice. Each Muslim has an effect upon another and sometimes our bad deeds affect others – this can only be kept in check by Muslims who are trying to be just.

As Muslims, we must judge but we must judge fairly. It’s time Muslims stopped hiding behind excuses. They may not like when another Muslim advises them to do good and abstain from wrongdoing but at least don’t belittle the Muslim who is trying to provide you with guidance, by saying “Who are you to judge?” – after all, it is YOU who is doing the wrong in the first place.

May Allah Guide me and you and may the Ummah help me, and you, to reduce our sins and advise us towards the Blessings of Allah. May we accept the sincere actions of our brother and sisters in Islam who are trying to guide us to the truth and to Islam.

In addition, I found the following blog by a sister very good on this same topic:

“What’s this with ‘Don’t Judge me'”

Stand Up 4 Islam!

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  1. proudamah says:

    This is also something which have been bodering me.
    If i had judget the person i would have Said “you are a bad muslim” or “you are going to Jahannam for this”
    Pointing out something obviously like the person does not wear a hijab that fulfills the criterias have nothing to do with judging…

    • maverick says:

      Asalaam alaikum. There are etiquettes involved in how to approach other Muslims and this is probably an area that the Muslims (including myself) still need to learn more about. Depending upon the situation, there will be times when you need to speak gently and times when you may need to speak more sternly. In addition, some judgements are clear and some people are clearly and deliberately rejecting Allah’s Command. Any judgements that are made, must be made with wisdom, and any discusssions, again must be with wisdom.

  2. proudamah says:

    Reblogged this on Thoughts of a Muslimah and commented:
    Something i wish more muslims knew 🙂

  3. Mohammed Barseba says:


  4. Zainab Bhadmus says:

    MashaAllah, may Allah continue to guide you

  5. I’m with you. I so hate this new ideology ‘Don’t judge me!’. It’s like, don’t you know your deen? We are commanded to enjoin the good and forbid the wrong; to do this you have to judge the action. ACTION! I’m not judging the why, that is not what is commanded of me. I’m judging the action. That is how we keep the ummah protected from going so far astray.

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