Insulting People Who Have Died ~ Hi all readers! Have you ever insulted people who have died? Or do you know someone who likes to insult people who have died? If you have ever done that, then stop it! Islam strictly forbids that. There are some things that we should know.
As usual, before I further explain the prohibition of insulting people who have died, I will quote one hadith that is specifically blessed with our discussion.
Hadith About Prohibition of Insulting People Who Have Died
The hadith I mean is as follows;
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : لَا تَسُبُّوْا الْأَمْوَاتَ فَإِنَّهُمْ قَدْ أَفْضُوْا إِلَى مَا قَدَمُوْا . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ
From Aisha radliyallahu ‘anha, she said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu’ alaihi wa sallam said, “Do not insult people who have died, because in fact, they have got what they have done.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari.
There are some important things about the above hadith that we need to know;
One; The hadith explains about the prohibition of insulting people who have died.
Two; The hadith explains the reason why we are prohibited from insulting people who have died; because they have got what they did when they lived in the world; those who sin have been tormented, while those who are good have gotten good. In addition, the prohibition is because insulting people who have died can hurt their families who are still alive.
Maybe you will ask, what if the person who has died is someone who is notoriously bad and the humiliation is intended to advise others so that they are not like that?
The law contained in the above hadith indeed explains about the prohibition of insulting people who have died. But if the person who died is a person who is notoriously bad, like someone who has claimed to be God and the Prophet, then that is permissible. But one thing you must remember, that the goal is to give advice to others so that they are not like that and so they become good people.
That is a brief explanation of the prohibition of insulting people who have died. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
See you in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 208-209.