It is narrated that the Prophet (saw) said three times: “The deen is naseeha (sincerity, good advice)”, We said, “Towards whom?” He (SAW) said “Towards Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and the generality of them” (narrated by Muslim).

The 8th century Hijri scholar, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali, explained the naseeha towards the Muslims by quoting Abu `Amr ibn as-salah, “Sincerity (naseeha) towards the Muslims in general means to direct them rightly towards what is of benefit for them, teach them the affairs of their deen and of their dunya (worldly affairs), veil their faults and fulfill their needs, help them against their enemies, defend them and avoid deceiving them and being jealous of them, and love for them what one loves for oneself, and dislike for them what one dislikes for oneself, and everything that resembles that.”

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