What is more sinful than insulting the Holy Kaaba?

Two Muslims fighting with each other

The other day I saw two Muslim young men holding an argument with each other, the reason why they were arguing was not important to me. What shocked me was that how easily they were abusing each other. They were not only insulting each other but were pointing fingers at each other’s mothers and sisters.

For a second, I thought to myself that what kind of boys were they. But then it occurred to me that this is not something new. At most places, be a public place or workplace, we tend to insult others in the way we like. Men tend to insult other’s sisters and mothers as well. Is this a fashion?

Abusing others has become a norm in our society

Insulting someone, abusing them and pointing fingers at them for small reasons? And when things get settled down we often hear them saying “you know I was angry, so I said those things, you know I didn’t mean that way”. Really?

Often, I see literate people insulting and abusing their maids, workers, and cleaners like anything and that too in front of a bunch of people! They then claim that this is the right way to make them work properly. What is wrong with us?

What if somebody insults Holy Kaaba?

Is this what Islam teaching us? Is this the way we shall treat others? My Dear fellow, this act is a serious sin. Insulting someone is a major sin. Why do you tend to insult a believer? Don’t you know that this is one of the major sins?

What would be a Muslim’s reaction when he hears someone insulting the Holy Kaaba? We would definitely hang them to death. Who are they to utter a single word against it? Yes, this would be our reaction.

What is more sinful than Insulting the Holy Kaaba?

But why are we quiet when someone is insulting a Muslim? Don’t we know that it is a greater sin then insulting Holy Kaaba? A Muslim’s sanctity, his wealth and his blood are more scared then the Holy Kaaba. Islam is a religion value all its followers, it thereby asks us to value each other.

For us, nothing is more sacred than the Holy Kaaba. The status of each and every Muslim is thereby elevated in Islam and to protect his dignity the Prophet PBUH declared that the respect of a Muslim, his wealth and his money is greater than the respect of Holy Kaaba.

This means that we ought to respect each other, not insult them nor abuse them. A Muslim’s wealth and blood are sacred. We cannot take away anyone’s wealth nor harm them physically. We need to understand that Islam has reserved rights for all Muslims.

It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr said:

“I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) circumambulating the Kaaba and saying: ‘How good you are and how good your fragrance; how great you are and how great your sanctity. By the One in Whose Hand is the soul of Muhammad, the sanctity of the believer is greater before Allah than your sanctity, his blood and his wealth, and to think anything but good of him.’ – Sunan Ibn Majah 3932

I hope my point is clear: abusing a Muslim is a sin greater then abusing Holy Kaaba. Let us stop the trend, let us educate people about it!

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.