Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Questioner: May Allaah reward you with good … a question, O Shaikh, … with us in Kuwait is a group of practising Muslim youth who do not like/feel comfortable with others although there are no takes [criticsm] on the religion of those others, but [one of these youths may say], ‘I just don’t like him, personally, I don’t feel comfortable concerning him.’ And when he is corrected he cites as proof the hadith of Wahshi and the time the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said to him, ‘Can you hide your face from me?’ So they say that here the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم personal disposition … the man [i.e., Wahshi] came having repented [but the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم still told him to hide his face from him], so they use this hadith as a proof, if you could clarify this for us.
Al-Albaani: This hadith cannot be used as a proof in this context. It is true that he came, repentant, but in the soul of the Prophet عليه السلام was sorrow which neither the passing of days nor time could wipe out because of the fact that Wahshi killed his uncle, Hamzah.
So [concerning your question] what did this person who that other one does not feel comfortable with do? What he did is nothing.
For this reason citing this as a proof in reality shows us that we live in a time in which people try to walk before they can crawl [Editor’s. note: the Arabic proverb the Shaikh used translated literally reads, ‘… tries to become a dried raisin before he becomes a sour grape …’], and they feign knowledge whilst being ignorant, and they are not scholars. So this deduction is extremely poor because it is not compatible with the incident [mentioned in the question].
Imagine that a person unjustly, out of oppression and enmity, killed a Muslim’s brother and then came to the murdered person’s brother, repentant, and from his behaviour it is apparent that he really has repented, but the murdered person’s brother said to him, ‘Hide your face from me,’ this situation is not like that one [mentioned in the question], because this person killed his brother unjustly, and as a result he doesn’t want to disturb the [remaining] peace in his life by looking at his brother’s murderer, for example.
So this situation differs [from the one in the question], and we ask Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, to give us understanding of the religion and to teach us its interpretation.
Questioner: I.e., is he sinful in doing that, O Shaikh?
Al-Albaani: Without doubt, because this is turning away from one another and cutting off.
Questioner: Is it not from desires?
Al-Albaani: It is, without doubt, following desires.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 237.