Q 2: What is the
ruling on ridiculing others and calling them by offensive nicknames?
(Part No. 26; Page No. 25) Please explain.
This is Haram (prohibited) because of the evidence stated in the Qur'an and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). For example, Allah (Exalted be He) says,
O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it to insult one’s brother after having Faith [i.e. to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as: "O sinner", or "O wicked"]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, etc.).
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.