Hastening to Deal with People’s Mistakes
the prophet (peace and blessings of allaah be upon him) used to hasten to deal with people’s mistakes, especially when it was not right for him to delay doing so at the moment when this was needed. his task was to explain the truth to people, teach them to do good, and warn them off from doing evil. so he hastened to correct people on many occasions, as is seen in the stories of the man who was not doing his salaah properly, the makhzoomi woman, ibn al-latbiyyah, usaamah, the three who wanted to go to extremes in worship, and others. these stories will be related in the course of this discussion, in sha allaah.
not hastening to deal with mistakes goes against the interests of islam and misses out on the opportunity to strike while the iron is hot, as it were.