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Undesirability of Praising a Person in his Presence

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 360
Undesirability of Praising a Person in his Presence

1788. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) heard a person lauding another person or praising him too much. Thereupon he said, “You killed the man,” or he said, “You ruined the man.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1789. Abu Bakrah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Mention of a man was made to the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and someone praised him whereupon he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Woe be to you! You have broken the neck of your friend!” He repeated this several times and added, “If one of you has to praise his friend at all, he should say: `I reckon him to be such and such and Allah knows him well’, if you think him to be so-and-so, you will be accountable to Allah because no one can testify the purity of others against Allah.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1790. Hammam bin Al- Harith (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: A person began to praise `Uthman (May Allah be pleased with him), and Al-Miqdad (May Allah be pleased with him) sat upon his knees and began to throw pebbles upon the flatterer’s face. `Uthman (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “What is the matter with you?” He said: “Verily, the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, `When you see those who shower undue praises upon others throw dust upon their faces.”’
[Muslim].

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