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Good Repute

Good Repute العِرضُ

Enjoinment of Keeping Up One’s Reputation

الحَثُّ عَلى صِيانَةِ العِرضِ

1ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أبخَلُ النّاسِ بِعَرضِهِ ، أسخاهُم بِعِرضِهِ.

1– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The most miserly of people with his wares is the most liberal of them with his own reputation [in that he gives it up readily].’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3190]

2ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أفضَلُ الغِنى ما صِينَ بِهِ العِرضُ.

2– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘The best form of wealth is that which is used to safeguard one’s reputation.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3038]

3ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن ضَنَّ بِعِرضِهِ فلْيَدَعِ المِراءَ.

3– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘He who cares for his reputation must desist from disputation.’[Nahjul Balaghah, Saying 362]

4ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إذا رَقَّ العِرضُ اسْتُصعِبَ جَمعُهُ.

4– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘When reputation wanes, it becomes very difficult to restore.’[A’alam al-Din, p. 303]

ثَوابُ الكَفِّ عَن أعراضِ المُسلِمينَ

The Reward for Refraining from Tarnishing Fellow Muslims’ Reputations

5ـ الإمامُ زينَ العابدينُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن كَفَّ عَن أعراضِ المُسلِمينَ أقالَهُ اللّه‏ُ عَزَّوجلَّ عَثرَتَهُ يَومَ القِيامَةِ.

5– Imam Zayn al-Abidin (a.s.) said, ‘He who refrains from tarnishing fellow Muslims’ reputations, Allah, Mighty and Exalted, regards his offence as undone on the Day of Resurrection.’[Sahifat al-Imam al-Riza (a.s.), p. 85, no. 195]

The Reward for Defending the Reputation of a Fellow Muslim

ثَوابُ الدِّفاعِ عَن عِرضِ المُسلِمِ

6ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن رَدَّ عَن عِرضِ أخيهِ كانَ لَهُ حِجابا مِنَ النّارِ.

6– The Prophet (S) said, ‘He who guards the reputation of his fellow brother is veiled from the Fire.’[Amali al-Mufid, p. 338, no. 1]

7ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن رَدَّ عَن عِرضِ أخيهِ المُسلِمِ وَجَبَت لَهُ الجَنَّـةُ البَتَّـةَ .

7– The Prophet (S) said, ‘He who guards the reputation of his fellow Muslim brother definitely becomes deserving of obligatory entrance into Paradise.’[Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v. 8, p. 606, no. 3]