A warning against being preoccupied with the faults of others

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Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan advised:

From the people are those who preoccupy themselves with the faults of others, and forget their own faults.

Preoccupying himself with the people, searching for their faults and shortcomings, and counting it against them. And [yet] he does not look at his own faults and the shortcomings that come to pass from himself. [Instead] he preoccupies himself with the faults of others and forgets his own faults.

From the people are those who waste their life, their [social] gatherings, and their speech with idle chat about others, idle chat about incidents, idle chat about the news, idle chat [about]…

However, he does not [spare a] thought about his own actions, nor does he [spare a] thought about [where] his path [is leading him]. Nor does he [spare a] thought about his [own] shortcomings, so he may repent to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall).

[It has been reported] in a narration:

“Paradise awaits the one whose shortcomings preoccupy him from the shortcomings of the people.”

Who is this who preoccupies himself with his own faults, and is not preoccupied with the faults of the people? Indeed, very few:

{…and few are they.} [038:024]

We ask Allaah to make us and you from amongst them.

So preoccupy yourselves with your own shortcomings, and take yourselves to account, and repent to your Lord, and prepare yourselves for the Greatest Exhibit (the Day of Judgement):

{That Day, you will be exhibited [for judgement]; not hidden among you is anything concealed.} [069:018]

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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