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Meaning of a word in the Hadith regarding the severity of disclosing one’s sins

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What Is the meaning of the word معافاة in the following Hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim?

كل أمتي معافاة إلا المجاهرين وإن من الإجهار أن يعمل العبد بالليل عملا ثم يصبح قد ستره ربه فيقول: يا فلان قد عملت البارحة كذا وكذا وقد بات يستره ربه فيبيت يستره ربه ويصبح يكشف ستر الله عنه

 

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‘معافاة’ means forgiven/pardoned or saved [from punishment]

In Sahih Bukhari, the word is ‘معافى’ which has the same meaning.

(Refer: Takmilah Fathul Mulhim, Hadith: 7445)

 

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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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