Let's say that X knows a person B, who is an alcoholic and beats his wife.
X does not report B to anyone who could take action on B. He chooses to do nothing. Eventually, B's wife is killed by B in a domestic argument.
B is later tried in court, but because there are not enough witnesses, B is found innocent. X chooses not to testify.
B later on marries someone else, who X knows, but X still doesn't tell her about B's character.
Is X being sinful through inaction?
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Anonymous Dec 28, 2016 Hackensack, NJ
Indeed, he is considered sinful for not testifying truthfully. Allah the Almighty says:
“Do not conceal the testimony, for he, who does, is sinful at heart, and Allah knows what you do.”
(Surah Al-Baqarah: 283)
:نعم هو اثم لعدم ادلائه بالحق اولا و اخيرا. قال تعالى
"ولا تكتموا الشهادة، و من يكتمها فإنه آثم قلبه و الله بما تعملون عليم"
(سورة البقرة: 283)