Are we accountable for evil intentions?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Are we accountable for having bad thoughts?


If by “bad thoughts” you mean, having a bad impression of someone, then that has been explicitly prohibited & labelled a sin in the Quran. (Surah Hujurat, Ayah: 12)


Evil Intentions

On the other hand, the rule for having an evil intention varies.

There are different stages of “intention”

One will not be taken to task for a passing thought, or an intention to do wrong.

But if a person has a firm determination to commit evil, then he/she will be responsible for that kind of an intention, even if the deed was not committed.

Note: The punishment for having an evil determination will not be equal to the punishment of doing the deed itself.

Refer for all of the above to: Ikmalul Mu’lim, vol.1 pg.425, Fathul Bari, hadith: 6491 & Fathul Mulhim, vol.2 pg.202.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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