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If You Feel No Shame Then Do As You Wish

On the authority of Abû Masûd Uqbah bin ‘Âmir al-Ansâri [radî Allâhu ‘anhu] who said: “The Messenger of Allâh [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: ‘From the words of the previous prophets that the people still find are: If you feel no shame, then do as you wish’.” [Al-Bukhârî]

This portion of the hadîth [i.e. “If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.”] is in the form of an imperative or command. For that reason, it has been interpreted in a number of different ways. Each interpretation shall be discussed separately.

The First Interpretation

Some scholars say that although this phrase is in the form of an imperative, it is actually not meant to be an order. Instead, it is a form of threat or warning. Its meaning is, in other words: “If you have no shame or modesty, then do whatever you wish and Allâh will recompense you – punish you – for what you do.”

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