Making A Default Positive Assumption about People

I have been troubled by some people being in a hurry to make negative conclusions about others and judge them. I find them guilty of double standards while they judge, since they would talk about applying rules when it concerns others, while asking for understanding their intentions when it concerns themselves.

 I was taught that Islam asks us to avoid suspicion of people, and the Quran says that some suspicions are sinful. Scholars have asked us to think positively of an apparently sinning person when possible, so that “the hearts are free from resentment and that people will be brought together and will cooperate in doing good.”

 Umar (RA), among the best of Muslims,  said: “Do not think badly of a word uttered by your brother, when you can find a good interpretation for it.”

 I would make a default assumption of the good nature of people, and try to work with the assumption that people are good and do no wrong, even in the face of actions that seemingly fly in the face of their professed good nature. I would think in terms of excuses and explanations, and refrain from rushing to negatively judge someone’s  character. Faraz Rabbani, a Canadian scholar recently quoted one of our pious predecessors, Hamdun AlQassar as asking us to make seventy excuses for an apparently sinning person, putting it metaphorically.

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3 thoughts on “Making A Default Positive Assumption about People

  1. MashaAllah, a very good article and reminder.
    Once the Prophet (saws) was walking late with one of his(saws) wives, and he met a few of the companions. He told the companions that she was his(saws) wife (a forgot the name of the Umm). The companions said how can we doubt you oh Rasool (saws), so he said shaytaan puts thoughts (whispers suggestions) in minds.
    Following the above example of the Prophet (saws), someone in a similar situation should explain to the observers and for the observers another Hadith is mentioned towards the end of the article.

  2. “Shaikh Faraz Rabbani, a popular scholar from Seeker’s Guidance has a wonderful article linked below that prompted this post.(Now don’t start judging my beliefs :-)).”

    I hope you are not suggesting that SH. F.B. has belief problems and that is why readers may doubt your belief when you quote his articles then this is the perfect example of not giving “metaphorical 70 excuses.” to the respectable Shaykh. (If the Shaykh reads this he would dislike it-(Gheebah?))

    • Thank you for pointing this out. I wrote that for fear of a section of readers judging my aqeedah because I linked an article from this scholar. I am editing that part out.

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