Praising

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, heard a man praising another main lavishly, he, peace be upon him, told him:’You have destroyed (or cut ) the back of the man'” [Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim]

Abu Bakrah, may allah be pleased with him, said that a man praised another man in front of the Prophet, peace be upon him. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said to him: “Woe to you, you have cut off your companion’s neck, you have cut off your companion’s neck, you have cut off your companion’s neck,” repeating it several times and then he added, “Whoever amongst you has to praise his brother should say: ‘I think that he is so and so, and Allah knows exactly the truth, and I do not confirm anybody’s good conduct before Allah, but I think him so and so’, if he really knows what he says about him'”.[Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim]

‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, may allah be pleased with him, said: “Avoid (and be cautious of) praising, for it is destructive.” [Recorded by Ahmad and Ibn Majah, on the authority of Mu’awiya.]

It is for this reason and others that the Prophet, peace be upon him, has ordered to throw dust upon the faces of praising people. As a matter of fact, al-Miqdad saw a man praising ‘Uthman, may allah be pleased with him, so he sat on his knees and started to pick up dust and throw it at the face of the man. ‘Uthman, may allah be pleased with him, asked: “What is the matter with you?” Al-Miqdad replied: “The Messenger, peace be upon him, commmanded us that we should throw dust upon the faces of those who shower too much praise. [Recorded by Muslim, al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.]

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