64. Punishment of exposing the defects of a believer

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بِهَذَا الْإِسْنَادِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِی الْجَارُودِ عَنْ أَبِی بُرْدَهَ قَالَ: صَلَّی بِنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص ثُمَّ انْصَرَفَ مُسْرِعاً حَتَّی وَضَعَ یَدَهُ عَلَی بَابِ الْمَسْجِدِ ثُمَّ نَادَی بِأَعْلَی صَوْتِهِ یَا مَعْشَرَ النَّاسِ مَنْ آمَنَ بِلِسَانِهِ وَ لَمْ یُخْلِصْ إِلَی قَلْبِهِ لَا تَتَبَّعُوا عَوْرَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنِینَ فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ تَتَبَّعَ عَوْرَاتِ الْمُؤْمِنِینَ تَتَبَّعَ اللَّهُ عَوْرَتَهُ وَ مَنْ تَتَبَّعَ اللَّهُ عَوْرَتَهُ فَضَحَهُ وَ لَوْ فِی جَوْفِ بَیْتِهِ.


1. Abi Burda relates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) offered Salaat with them. Then he got up immediately, touched the wall of the mosque and loudly said, “O those who have accepted faith apparently but the faith has not reached their hearts! Do not expose the defects of the believers. One who tries to find the faults of a believer, Allah brings out faults in him. If Allah brings out faults in a person, he will be disgraced even if he is inside the Holy Kaaba.”