Accepting Peoples Excuses


حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَلِيُّ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏وَكِيعٌ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏سُفْيَانُ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ مِينَاءَ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏جُودَانَ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏
قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏ مَنْ اعْتَذَرَ إِلَى أَخِيهِ بِمَعْذِرَةٍ فَلَمْ يَقْبَلْهَا كَانَ عَلَيْهِ مِثْلُ خَطِيئَةِ صَاحِبِ ‏ ‏مَكْسٍ ‏

Jawdan said that the Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever makes an excuse to his brother who then does not accept it, (that second person) incurs upon himself the same sin as someone who takes an unjust tax.

(Sunan ibn Majah)

In the explanation of this hadith by al-Sundi, it’s mentioned that in another hadith it is said that the ‘saahibu maks‘ (the one who takes an unjust tax) will not enter Jannah – therefore it behooves people to accept excuses as far as is possible.

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2 Responses to Accepting Peoples Excuses

  1. serendipitouslife says:


    So, does that mean we dont use our sense of plausibility & judgement when offered an excuse to guage whether it (i.e. excuse) is genuine or not?
    Aren’t there any conditions to go with this injunction?

  2. the middle road says:

    Wa iyyakum.

    I don’t know really.

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