Do Not Judge Others Just Because They Sin Differently To You

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Our deeds should always be our main focus. The more we think about our own actions and about bettering ourselves as believers, the less concerned we will be about others. When we do begin to judge others in our minds, we should remember that Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them.” (Qur’an 49:11)

We learn from this that we should not judge others because their sins are different to our sins. We all make mistakes and we all should repent to Allah for our sins. Just because we see the wrongdoings of others, this does not mean that we should ignore our own actions.

As Allah says in the quote above, the people who we are judging may actually be better than us in Allah’s eyes. Just because we see them doing wrong in public, this does not mean we are aware of their level of Imaan (faith) or the good deeds they do in private.

Also, if we decide to talk to our friends and family about the wrongdoings of others, this is also harmful to us. We may think that it is fine because we are not speaking about those things in front of the person themselves, but Allah sees everything. Our Lord knows what we speak about and what we think about. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.” (Qur’an 76:30)

Therefore, we should not judge others because they sin differently to us. Judging others is not our duty, nor is it the reason for which we were created by Allah. We should remember that we are all accountable for our own sins.

We shouldn’t let our judgement and negative views of the other be the reason for falling into sin ourselves. Allah created us as individuals and the more we become distracted by the deeds of others, the less focused we will be on improving ourselves as Muslims. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“And to your Lord alone turn all your intentions and hopes.” (Qur’an 94:8)

Thus, our only intention should be to improve our Imaan (faith).

Allah told us that we will be tested through people. So when we are faced with a situation where we begin to think badly about a person’s actions, we should be very careful. Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“And we have made some of you as trial for others: will you have patience?” (Qur’an 25:20)