اجتنبوا هذه القاذورات التي نهى الله تعالى عنها فمن ألم بشيء منها فليستتر بستر الله وليتب إلى الله, فإنه من يبد لنا صفحته نقم عليه كتاب الله» .
(صحيح) … [ك هق] عن ابن عمر. الصحيحة 663)
It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Beware of these abominations that Allah Almighty has forbidden! If someone does something of this, then let him hide it, as Allah covered him, and repent before Allah, for verily, regarding the one (whose sin) becomes apparent to us, we will apply (punishment in accordance with) the Book Allah! ”
This hadith was narrated by al-Hakim (4/244) and al-Bayhaqi (8/330) from the words of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him.
Al-Hakim said: “An authentic hadith that meets the conditions of al-Bukhari and Muslim,” and al-Dhahabi agreed with him.
Sheikh al-Albani called the hadith authentic. See Sahih al-Jami ‘as-sagyir (149), al-Silsilah al-sahiha (663).
These words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said after the punishment of Ma’iz, who himself appeared for punishment.
As for those companions, like Ma’iz and a woman from the tribe of Gamidi, who committed adultery, they confessed their sins and did what is not obligatory. It was their strong desire to cleanse their souls for sins already in this world. After all, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), when Ma’iz and the woman came to him, told them: “Woe to you, return, ask for forgiveness of Allah and repent before Him” (al-Bukhari and Muslim).
And also the words of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab about a man who kissed a woman in a garden, saying about him: “Allah would hide his deed if he himself hid it” (Muslim). And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) remained silent in agreement with ‘Umar. Therefore, a person does not need to go to the judge and confess if he has sinned, and his Lord has covered him. Also, there is no need to go to the imam in the mosque and ask for punishment for what they have done, as well as ask someone to whip a person with rods for cleansing from sin.