Posted by أم حذيفة حياة لأندلسية at 20:05
Not Speaking about the Blessings of Allah and concealing them for fear of Envy by His Eminence Ash-Sheikh Saalih Al-Fouzaan -may Allah protect him-.
Questioner says: Oh Eminent Sheikh -may Allah give you success- some people do not speak about the blessings of Allah but rather they conceal them and say: "I fear that if I were to speak about them (the blessings of Allah) I would be afflicted by the evil-eye and/or envy". He uses as a proof the hadeeth of the Prophet -sallahu 'alayhi wasallam- where He said: Seek help in executing your needs by keeping them secret.*
So I hope for some instructions if there is an apparent contradiction?
Answer: Firstly, the hadeeth "Seek help in executing your needs by keeping them secret" this (hadeeth) I don't think that it is authentic, I don't think that it is an authentic hadeeth. Secondly, as for not wanting to speak about the blessings of Allah fearing the evil-eye and fearing this and that, this is trickery from the Shaytaan. Because Allah the Mighty and Sublime commanded His Prophet -sallahu 'alayhi wasallam- by saying: And as for the favors of your Lord then speak about them.(93:11)
So now you say: "no i'm not going to mention anything because I fear such and such a thing" no this isn't the case. Speak about the favors of Allah! As this is (showing your) appreciation to Allah the Mighty and Sublime and do not conceal them instead speak about them and don't be afraid. Because this is from displaying appreciation to Allah and showing one's gratitude towards Him 'azza wa jall.
Translators Note: *If anyone knows the authenticity of this hadeeth please can you post so that we can benefit thereby. Baarakallah feekum
Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim