Being Concerned of Public Image

Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Daamat Barakaatuhu) mentioned:

The hadith speaks of the prohibition of burying daughters alive. This was in the pagan times of ignorance. However, from the Quraan Shareef we understand that there is a latter period of ignorance as well. This is what we are presently experiencing.

So in this time, when the mother fears that her reputation will be lost if she is going to give birth to a down syndrome child as suspected by the doctor, she will mercilessly kill her own child and just cover it up with another name calling it, ‘early termination of the pregnancy’.

Nowadays, all fancy and polished words are used but the haraam and filth remains haraam and filth. A person commits zina and says that it is an ‘extra marital relationship’.

Hence, we are so consumed with our reputation in public that we constantly remain worried about how others are going to view us, whereas in reality, we should be concerned of what Allah Ta‘ala thinks of us. As long as you are abiding by the laws of sharee‘ah and fulfilling what Allah Ta‘ala wants from you, you should not be worried about how people view you.

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