How Should I Deal with People Who Commit Blasphemy or Sin?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


How do I deal with people who commit blasphemy or sin?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

Don’t over-worry about the interaction with people. Just limit your interaction with people who purposely put you down, think or say negative comments, and remain silent if there is some form of negativity if you were to talk to them. Never let the shaytan think otherwise. Sometimes, if you speak, the shaytan will whisper negative thoughts about the other person more.

Putting Up with People

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The believer who mixes with people and bears their annoyance with patience will have a greater reward than the believer who does not mix with people and does not put up with their annoyance.” [Ibn Maja]

Our faith (iman) can seem weak and strong at times, often based on what is happening around us. Even the strongest people with faith and good works need a good support system and a shoulder to cry on when things become difficult.

Follow this Hadith

In your case, just follow the third aspect of the hadith for now. However, it does not mean you are weak in faith always. Otherwise, the shaytan will deceive you.
Abu Sa‘id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that  the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Whoever amongst you sees a wrong, let them change it with their hand; if he is unable, then with their tongue; if he is unable, then with his heart – and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]

Turn to Knowledge, Action, and Good Company

Believers make Shaytan tired by remembering Allah Most High, especially collectively. Just continue to worship Allah Most High as you are doing now. However, try to worship collectively, with all prayers in the congregation, even at home. Also, attend communal programs and circles, like circles of knowledge and remembrance. This will give you added and needed strength. Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Verily, the believer can wear out his devils just as one of you exhausts his camel on a journey.” [Ahmad] So continue; you will wear out Shaytans’ whisperings.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.