Q: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
Anyone who has wronged his brother with regard to his property or honor, let him seek his forgiveness today.
We all know the meaning of the phrase "Anyone who has wronged his brother with regard to his property." It refers to the acts of transgression against one's property including robbery or anything else. Allah knows best.However, the phrase "Anyone who has wronged his brother with regard to his honor" is vague and needs elaboration. We wonder how we are to reveal the faults after they were concealed by Allah. (Part No. 26; Page No. 19) The wronged person and the family will be affected if we do that. I think there is a Hadith - I do not remember - to the following effect:
Whoever conceals his or his brother's faults, Allah will conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection.
The phrase "Anyone who has wronged his brother with regard to his honor" includes a person who commits Ghibah (backbiting), spreads malicious gossip and slanders his brother in Islam unjustly. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honor.
He (peace be upon him) also said,
Your blood, properties and honor are as sacred to one another as the sanctity of this day of yours, in this town of yours, and in this month of yours.
If the person who has been wronged does not pardon in the worldly life, the good deeds of the oppressor will go to the oppressed on the Day of Resurrection. If the wrongdoer is unable to ask for his brother's forgiveness for making Ghibah and speaking ill of him, it will be sufficient to pray for forgiveness and to speak of his good points in the places where you gossiped about him. He is also to sincerely repent, hoping that Allah will pardon him.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!