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Unformatted text preview: nstantly said, "No. I would never like it for my sister." The Prophet replied, "Similarly, the people would not like it for their sisters." He then asked him, "Would you like it for your paternal aunt? Would you like it for your maternal aunt?" The young man kept saying, "No... No..." The Prophet then said to him, "Then love for the people what you love for yourself, and dislike for the people what you dislike for yourself." The young man then realised he was wrong and said with all humility, "O Messenger of Allah! Pray to Allah to cleanse my heart!" The Prophet then called him, and the young man walked towards him and sat down in front of him.The Prophet placed his hand on his chest and said, "O Allah! Guide his heart, forgive his sins, and guard his chastity." The young man then left saying, "By Allah, I went to the Messenger of Allah while fornication was the most beloved action to me. But as I left his company, fornication was the most hateful action to me." Also, take note of his tender treatment when he called him, placed his hand on his chest and prayed for him. He used all possible means to rectify the person he was dealing with. This was after convincing him of the repulsiveness of the action, so that when he abandoned the action, he did so out of his own
260 Convince him of his error so he may accept advice 37 conviction, and therefore never performed that evil action, either in his presence or absence. Rule... If the wrongdoer realises the despicableness of his wrongdoing, he inevitably becomes convinced that he is in need of advice. He therefore becomes more receptive to, and more convinced of the advice being given. 261 (38) Do not criticise me! End of story? Some people think that by criticising others over microscopic faults, they are somehow getting closer to them, or strengthening their own personality. The truth is that a constant barrage of absolute criticism does not prove your shrewdness. On the contrary...
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