Booklet on – The Dislike of Praising Someone in their Presence
Taken from: ‘The Explanation of Riyadh as-Saaliheen’ By: Shaykh Allaama Muhammed bin Salih al-Uthaymeen
The dislike of praising someone in their presence because you fear that he will be corrupted by conceit/arrogance etc and the permissibility of praising someone who is rightfully secure.
1797- From Abu Moosa al- Ashaari –RadhiAllaahu anhu- who said: The Prophet -SAW- said ‘You have destroyed or broken this man’s back.’
1798 – From Abu Bakra –RadhiAllaahu anhu-: A person was mentioned in front of the Prophet -SAW- and another man praised him with goodness the Prophet -SAW- said: ‘Woe be to you! You have cut off the neck of your companion’ The Messenger -SAW- kept repeating this statement, then he said:
‘If one of you has to praise a person and there is no other option then say, I regard him to be such and such if you regard him as that, and Allaah is the one who takes him to account, and no one can testify about a person, above Allaah.’ Agreed upon by Bukhari and Muslim.