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Hadith on Shame: A person without shame will do whatever he pleases

May 22, 2012

Abu Mas’ud Uqbah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, among the words people obtained from the prophets are this: If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 3296

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari

Ibn Rajab said, “The scholars interpret this saying in two ways. First, that it is a command of caution and warning, meaning if there is no shame then do as you wish, for Allah will repay you accordingly. Second, that it is a command of description, meaning that whoever does not have shame will do as he wishes, for it is shame that prevents evil deeds.”

Source: Jāmi’ al-Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 20

عن أبي مسعود عقبة قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ مِمَّا أَدْرَكَ النَّاسُ مِنْ كَلَامِ النُّبُوَّةِ إِذَا لَمْ تَسْتَحْيِ فَافْعَلْ مَا شِئْتَ

3296 صحيح البخاري كتاب أحاديث الأنبياء باب حديث الغار

قال ابن رجب وَأَهْلُ هَذِهِ الْمَقَالَةِ لَهُمْ طَرِيقَانِ أَحَدُهُمَا أَنَّهُ أَمْرٌ بِمَعْنَى التَّهْدِيدِ وَالْوَعِيدِ وَالْمَعْنَى إِذَا لَمْ يَكُنْ حَيَاءٌ فَاعْمَلْ مَا شِئْتَ فَاللَّهُ يُجَازِيكَ عَلَيْه … وَالطَّرِيقُ الثَّانِي أَنَّهُ أَمْرٌ وَمَعْنَاهُ الْخَبَرُ وَالْمَعْنَى أَنَّ مَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَحْيِ صَنَعَ مَا شَاءَ فَإِنَّ الْمَانِعَ مِنْ فِعْلِ الْقَبَائِحِ هُوَ الْحَيَاءُ

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