Hurt and Insult

Al-Mujadilah (The Disputation) 58:7-8
Have you not observed that Allah knows everything in the heavens and everything in the earth? No secret consultation takes place between three, but He is fourth of them, nor between five, but He is sixth of them, nor between fewer than that or more, but He is with them wherever they may be. Then He will tell them on the Day of Judgment what they did. Surely Allah is All-Knowing about everything. (7) Did you not see those who were forbidden from holding secret talks; then they do again what they were forbidden to do? They whisper for sinful act and wrongdoing and disobedience of the prophet, and when they come to you, they greet you the way Allah does not greet you, and say to themselves, “Why does Allah not punish us for what we say?” Enough for them is Jahannam (Hell); they will enter it, and it is an evil end. (8)

Al-Baqara (The Cow) 2:264
O you who believe, do not nullify your acts of charity by boasting about (doing people a) favour and by causing (them) hurt, like the one who spends his wealth to show off before people and does not believe in Allah and in the Last Day. So, his example is like a rock on which there is dust, then a heavy rain came over it and left it barren. They have no ability to gain anything out of what they have done, and Allah does not give guidance to the people who disbelieve. (264)

Al-An'am (The Cattle) 6:108
Do not revile those whom they invoke other than Allah, lest they should revile Allah in transgression without having knowledge. This is how We have made the deeds of every community attractive in their sight. Then, to their Lord is their return, after which He shall tell them what they have been doing.

Meezan ul Hikmah
The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Do not insult the world for it is the best mount (to seat yourself on a horse, bicycle) for the believer, because by means of it he attains good and through it he is saved from evil. If a servant [of Allah] says: “May Allah curse the world”, the world replies: “May Allah curse the most disobedient one towards his Lord from among us!”.’
‘The best of my community are those who when treated foolishly are tolerant (charitable), and when attacked they forgive, and when they are hurt are patient.’

'The one who insults a believer is as one who is on the verge of ruin (destroy).’

'To insult a believer is a gross iniquity ("Gross iniquity" could include "murder, adultery, sexual perversion - twisting, or any serious offence against society that has resulted in conviction by the civil courts), to kill him is infidelity, and to backbite him is an act of disobedience of Allah.’
'Do not insult the winds for verily they are commanded [to blow], nor insult the mountains, nor time, nor the days, nor the nights, lest you transgress thereby and it comes back to you.’
'Do not insult people lest you procure animosity from them.’
'If any of you ever insults his fellow brother, he must not insult his family or his father or mother. He can only say - if he knows these flaws for certain - 'You are indeed a miser, or you are indeed a coward, or you are indeed a liar' only if he is certain of the existence of these traits.
'A Muslim is the brother of a fellow Muslim - he neither wrongs him nor insults him.’
'The right of a woman on her husband is that he feeds her, clothes her, and does not cause her to lose face [by insulting her or chiding her].’

It was said to the Prophet (SAWA) that, ‘Such and such a woman fasts during the days and stands for prayer during the nights, but she is ill-natured and insults her neighbours with her tongue’, the Prophet (SAWA) then said, ‘There is no good in her, she is of the people of the Hellfire.’

Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘O you who insult the world, who have been deceived by its deceit and cheated by its falsities, do you covet the world and then insult it? Should you accuse it or should it accuse you? When did it bewilder it or deceive you?!… Verily the world is an abode of truth for he who is truthful to it, an abode of wellbeing for he who understands it, and an abode of riches for he who collects provision from it [for the next world].’
‘He who finds faults will be accused of them himself, and he who insults will be retorted (come back with) to [with worse].’

Imam Ali (AS) said to Qanbar when he wished to insult a man who had insulted him, 'Careful Qanbar! Leave your insulter to his disdain and you will please the Beneficent Lord, displease Satan and punish thereby your enemy, for by the One who split the grain and created the breeze, there is no stance better than clemency with which a believer can please his Lord, and nothing like silence to offend Satan, and an idiot is best punished by ignoring him.’

Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) said, ‘If someone insults you on your right hand side, then moves over to your left and apologises to you, accept his apology.’

Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Verily Allah, Blessed and most High, says, ‘He who insults a friend of Mine has indeed set himself up to fight Me, and I am the fastest to come to the aid of My friends.’
'Maintain relations with your kin (family connections) even if it be by offering them a drink of water. The best way to maintain relations is to refrain (avoid doing) from hurting them in any way.’

Imam al-Kazim (AS) said, 'Nothing is more hurtful to Iblis [Shatan] and his army than brothers in faith visiting each other for the sake of Allah.’
'Whenever two people insult each other, the more superior of the two sinks to the level of the more inferior one.’


Imam al-Kazim (AS) when he saw two people insulting each other, said, 'The initiator is the more unjust and bears his own sin as well as the sin of his opponent as long as the latter does not retort (come back with).’

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