"Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter.''(24:19)
Hadrat Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, "Allah will cover up on the Day of Resurrection the defects (faults) of the one who covers up the faults of the others in this world." [Muslim]
Hadrat Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, "Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people): "I committed such and such sin last night,' while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah has covered it up but in the morning he tears up the cover provided by Allah Himself.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Hadrat Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, "When a slave-girl commits fornication and this fact of fornication has become evident, she must be given the penalty of (fifty) lashes without hurling reproaches at her; if she does it again, she must be given the penalty but she should not be rebuked. If she does it for the third time, he should sell her, even for a rope woven from hair (i.e., something worthless)." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Hadrat Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: A man who had drunk wine was brought to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and he asked us to beat him; some struck him with their hands, some with their garments (making a whip) and some with their sandals. When he (the drunkard) had gone, some of the people said: "May Allah disgrace you!'' He (the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)) said, "Do not say so. Do not help the devil against him." [Al-Bukhari]
Hadrat 'Uthman (رضي الله عنه) was once called to investigate some people based on suspicion, so he went to take their account but they dispersed when he reached them, and he did not pursue them. He then freed a slave out of thankfulness to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) that he did not cause the humiliation of a Muslim. [Fayd al-Qadeer (6/149)]
Covering up the shortcomings and faults of people is an excellent manner. That is why this quality is very much liked by Almighty Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) will give a matching reward to that man who has such a quality, which means that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) will forgive his sins and will not call him to account for his sins. If at all He will do so, He will not do it publicly so that he is not embarrased before others. Then Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) may forgive him or send him to Hell for a short while.
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