Allah Almighty states in the Holy Quran:
یٰۤاَیُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللہَ وَکُوۡنُوۡا مَعَ الصّٰدِقِیۡنَ ﴿۱۱۹﴾
‘O believers! fear Allah and be with the truthful.
(Al-Taubah 9, Verse 119)
عَنْ أبِيْ مُحَمَّدٍ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَليِّ بْنِ أبِيْ طَالِبٍ رضي الله عنهما، قَالَ: حَفِظْتُ مِنْ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ – صلى الله عليه وسلم: «دَعْ مَا يَرِيْبُكَ إِلَى مَا لاَ يَرِيْبُكَ؛ فَإنَّ الصِّدْقَ طُمَأنِيْنَةٌ، وَالْكَذِبَ رِيْبَةٌ».
رواه الترمذي، وَقالَ: «حديث صحيح».
Sayyiduna Hasan bin ‘Ali – may Allah be pleased with them – said: I remember (the words) from Messenger of Allah (PBUH): “Give up what is doubtful to you for that which is not doubtful; for truth is peace of mind and falsehood is doubt”.
(Tirmidhi, he said, “It is a Sahih Hadeeth”)
The Heart of a Believer is Only at Peace with Righteous Things:
Imam Sharaf al-Deen Nawawi – may Allah be pleased with him – writes the following passage in the commentary of this Hadeeth:
It means that if you are skeptical about something then leave it and rather do something about which you have no doubts, for the heart of a believer is only at peace with righteous things. If your heart is not settled on something then it substantiates that the task on hand is of no good, therefore abstain from doing such things. This is especially applicable to the pious people whose hearts are free from the filth of sins.
(Sharh al-Teebi under Hadeeth No. 2773 (
Reluctant to Eat Food out of Taqwa:
Once Shaddaad’s sister presented a bowl of milk to a Prophet – peace be upon him – of her time but he, despite keeping that day’s fast, refused to accept it. Upon her persistent request to give her a reason for refusing, he asked her, “Where did you bring it from?” She replied, “It’s the milk of my own goat” but he still refused to drink, and again upon her tireless request for clarity, he asked, “Where did the goat come from?” She replied, “I bought her myself, with my own money.” When he was totally convinced then only, did he drink the milk. Shaddaad’s sister again wanted a reason for such strict behaviour after which he replied, “The Prophets are commanded to eat Halaal foods and to do good.”
- This Hadith leads us to the conclusion that one must always avoid doubtful things so that he does not do anything unlawful.
- This message is repeated in another Hadith which says that he who has saved himself from doubts has in fact saved his Faith and honour.