Hassan ibn Thabit

Q 3: Some people say that Hassan ibn Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him) was a coward, and they even quote the saying of Ibn Hajar about this from: "Al-Isabah". What is your opinion on this?

A: It is the duty of Muslims towards the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allah be pleased with them) to speak well of them, praise them with what they deserve and avoid speaking of their demerits. If what was mentioned about Hassan ibn Thabit in the history books and biographies about him being a coward was supposed to be true, mentioning it is Ghibah (backbiting) and there is no benefit in it. If it is a lie, it is both Ghibah and slander. Avoiding speaking of this is obligatory and restraining the tongue from repeating it is incumbent.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.