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:
Stand Up 4 Islam!
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