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Telling the Whole Story Regarding Manslaughter

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Question: If someone took someone else’s life and was then pardoned by the family, does it matter if the family didn’t know all the details of why and what happened?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

As long as the family has pardoned the man, they do not need to know all the details of why or what happened. In fact, one should only divulge the sins of one’s past for legal or medical reasons, or if a fatwa depends on it.

‘O people,’ the Prophet (Allah bless him said), ‘Now has come the time to stop transgressing the limits put by Allah. Whosoever among you commits one of these filthy acts, let him hide it behind Allah’s concealment’ (Malik).

That is to say, one should not tell others of the sins of one’s past, as there is no need. One should just repent to Allah and that is all.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

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