Meaning of, ‘Whoever covers a Muslim…”

Translated from: (answered by Shaikh Abdul Azeez Bin Baz)


Q: Is the meaning of this hadeeth: ‘Whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him‘ that: if someone commits a sin and I cover it up, Allah will cover my sins up? I would like for you to clarify this for me – Allah reward you with good.



A: Yes, this is an authentic hadeeth collected by Muslim from Abu Hurairah – radiallahu anhu – from the Prophet  – alayhis salaatu was-salaam – in which he said (translated), ‘Whoever removes a hardship from the hardships of the this life from a Believer, Allah will remove a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection1 from him. And whoever makes a difficult affair easy, Allah will make things easy for him in this life and the Hereafter.  And whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter…’ to the end of the hadeeth.


 And in the two Saheeh’s from the hadeeth of Ibn Umar – Allah be pleased with him and his father – from the Prophet – sallaallahu alayhe wa sallam – that he said (translated), ‘The Muslim is the brother of a Muslim.  He neither oppresses him nor does he abandon  him. And whoever fulfills the need of his brother, Allah will fulfill his need. And whoever repels from a Muslim a hardship, Allah will repel a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection from him.  And whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him on the Day of Resurrection.’



So this is what is legislated:  when a person sees from his brother in the religion a flaw – meaning: an act of disobedience – then he neither exposes it, nor spreads it amongst the people.  Rather, he covers it up, advises him, directs him to good, and calls him to repent to Allah from that.  And he doesn’t expose it amongst the people. So whoever does this – covering his brother (i.e. his faults or sins), then Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter.  Because the recompense is from the same type as the action.



As for those who show their sins and they are not shy to show their sins among the people, then these people expose themselves.  This is not the situation for covering (faults) – like the one who drinks alcohol amongst the people in the marketplaces and in gatherings – this one has indeed exposed himself – and we ask Allah for well-being.  Likewise the one who does other sins openly and he doesn’t care, then his affair is brought to the ones in charge (Muslim Rulers in Muslim countries) who will deter others like him and establish the Islamic punishment upon him – his affair is brought (to them).  There is no covering (of sins) for the one who makes apparent and publicizes his sin.  And we ask Allah for well-being.



1Lit.: The Day of Standing, also known as the Day of Judgement

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