Originally Posted by hend.abuauf
I just skimmed through the article and it appears not to have been written by a person with even sub-standard grounding in fiqh, or human psychology, knowledge of legalese, or an understanding of the risks of using highly misinterpretable and ambiguous language.
Was the article writer maybe speaking of thought crime if not actions?
The human brain functions on certain principles - and one of those is judgement via logic, it also fills in blanks where required.
I believe it would have been better to advise that it is recommendable to think good of people and to have good opinions where possible and to refrain from making a solid condemnation of people where there is a high likelihood of oneself being wrong in an opinion. And to bear in mind that Allah is also gathering data on each person at all times in order to make a complete and just judgement after death.
It is possible to not fill in the blanks on some data where judgement can be confidently left till later or never. - such as "do people reside on planet xyz in a galaxy 643357874444788 light years away since good data is not available on the topic, and it is not necessary to make a judgement by filling in the gaps, and it will not affect a person if they leave such judgement aside until more data is forthcoming or until the person wondering dies, and it will not have an effect on a person's action of justice or injustice.
It is however important to judge whether a person is cheating with malice when they come and tell you that you've just won the spanish lottery that you've never played, and that you have to fill out your direct debit details on the form they're holding out to you.
It is important to judge and form a strong opinion on whether Allah exists, whether there is none superior to Him, whether Muhammad :saws: was indeed a messenger of Allah - since without doubt every human being will die, and we are being told that we will be raised to life again for life without end, then judged, and then go to either paradise or hell.
If we are to judge and form an opinion on how the moon was born, is it not more important to form a strong hypothesis on how matter came into existence? Since this raises questions on a creator and has implications related to the above sentence.
Do we not notice ourselves judging other human beings taking into account data on circumstance, demeanour, facial expressions, tone of voice etc in our daily interactions in order to progress and either befriend, avoid, or leave aside final judgement? Do we not sometimes find that we have been wrong or right in our opinions and then either rethink our previous opinions, blanks, or conclusions - or solidufy them further? Isn't "wisdom" a byproduct of judgement?
The most important requirement is to be just and to avoid injustice, and to continually re-check and update our opinions when it comes to important issues.