No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah – then We are going to give him a great reward.
And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers – We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination.
Chapter 4 An-Nisā : Verses 114-115
Righteous Najwa, Secret Talk
(There is no good in most of their secret talks) meaning, what the people say to each other.
(save him who orders Sadaqah (charity), or goodness, or reconciliation between mankind;) meaning, except for this type of talk. Imam Ahmad recorded that Umm Kulthum bint `Uqbah said that she heard the Messenger of Allah saying,
(He who brings about reconciliation between people by embellishing good or saying good things, is not a liar.) She also said, “I never heard him allow what the people say (lies) except in three cases: in war, bringing peace between people and the man’s speech (invented compliments) to his wife and her speech to her husband.” Umm Kulthum bint `Uqbah was among the immigrant women who gave their pledge of allegiance to the Messenger of Allah . The Group also recorded this Hadith, with the exception of Ibn Majah. Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Ad-Darda’ said that the Messenger of Allah said,
(Should I tell you what is better than the grade of fasting, praying and Sadaqah) They said, “Yes, O Allah’s Messenger!” He said,
(Bringing reconciliation between people.) He also said,
(Spoiling the relationship (between people) is the destroyer.) Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi also recorded this Hadith, and At-Tirmidhi said, “Hasan Sahih”. Allah said,
(and he who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah,) with sincerity and awaiting the reward with Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored,
(We shall give him a great reward.) meaning, an immense, enormous and tremendous reward.
The Punishment for Contradicting and Opposing the Messenger and Following a Path Other than That …
(And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the right path has been shown clearly to him.) refers to whoever intentionally takes a path other than the path of the Law revealed to the Messenger, after the truth has been made clear, apparent and plain to him. Allah’s statement,
(and follows other than the believers’ way,) refers to a type of conduct that is closely related to contradicting the Messenger . This contradiction could be in the form of contradicting a text (from the Qur’an or Sunnah) or contradicting what the Ummah of Muhammad has agreed on. The Ummah of Muhammad is immune from error when they all agree on something, a miracle that serves to increase their honor, due to the greatness of their Prophet. There are many authentic Hadiths on this subject. Allah warned against the evil of contradicting the Prophet and his Ummah, when He said,
(We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell — what an evil destination!) meaning, when one goes on this wicked path, We will punish him by making the evil path appear good in his heart, and will beautify it for him so that he is tempted further. For instance, Allah said,
(Then leave Me Alone with such as belie this Qur’an. We shall punish them gradually from directions they perceive not),
(So when they turned away (from the path of Allah), Allah turned their hearts away), and,
(And We shall leave them in their trespass to wander blindly). Allah made the Fire the destination of such people in the Hereafter. Indeed, the path of those who avoid the right guidance will only lead to the Fire on the Day of Resurrection, as evident by Allah’s statements,
((It will be said to the angels): “Assemble those who did wrong, together with their companions (from the devils)), and,
(And the criminals, shall see the Fire and apprehend that they have to fall therein. And they will find no way of escape from there).