As-Sitteer (The Coverer) – Asma al Husna
Siteer means the One who conceals faults, referring to Allaah, the One who conceals faults between you and Him
Al-Hayee (The Shy) & As-Sitteer (The Coverer) ;
Al-Hayee (The Shy) This is derived from his statement (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Verily Allah is Al-Hayee (The Shy). He is shy to let His slave return empty-handed if he outstretches his hands to Him. [Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah] Also is his statement (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Verily Allah Mighty and Majestic is Haleem (Forebearing), Hayee (Shy), Sitteer (Covering). He loves modesty and shyness and covering. Therefore when any of you bathe let him cover himself (i.e. from the sight of people). [Abu Dawud, An-Nasaa’ee, al-Baihaqi, Ahmed, graded as saheeh]
This is from His Mercy, Generosity, and Perfection. His forbearance is in that His slave openly sins although he is intensely dependent upon Him to the degree that it is not even possible for him to disobey if not for the favor of Allah giving him any power. Yet Ar-Rabb (The Ultimate Creator, Sustainer and Provider) is of such complete independence from all of His creation, it is out of His generosity that He is shy to uncover and disgrace him and make lawful the punishment for him, so He covers him through opening means to cover him by. He overlooks and forgives and He shows His love for His slave through His favors, yet they commit sins hateful to Him. His good is upon them every moment yet their evil is rising. He is still the Sovereign and Most Generous although their disobedience and every shameful deed goes up to Him. Allah ta’aalaa is shy to punish the one that tarnishes his Islam as well as to leave the one who outstretches his hands to Him empty handed. He calls upon His slaves to ask Him and He promises to answer them.
He is the Coverer and the Shy Who in turn loves those who possess a sense of shame and who cover faults. Whoever covers the faults of a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and in the hereafter. For this reason it is detested that the slave of Allah announces his sin after its commission. Rather the repentance of the slave is between him and his Rabb and not revealed to people. It is the most loathsome of people who commit sin in the night and Allah covers that sin only to remove the covering of Allah in the morning by announcing that sin.
Allah ta’aalaa said: “Verily those who like that (the crime) of illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter.” [Soorah An-Noor, Aayah 19].
Al-‘Allaamah Al-Albaanee – rahimahullaah – teaches ‘Aqeedah (creed of belief) from beneath the overturned car!
Aboo Waa’il ‘Umar bin Ahmad: Ash-Shaikh ‘Alee Khashshaan said in his printed statement “Naasir ul-Hadeeth (Supporter of the Hadeeth), and Mujaddid us-Sunnah (Reviver of the Sunnah), Al-Albaanee: He Lived as the Alone Person of the Time, and He Became the Lost Person of the Time.” This statement was published in the magazine Ash-Shaqaa’iq, and he (‘Alee Khashshaan) spoke about Ash-Shaikh Muhammad Naasir ud-Deen Al-Albaanee (saying): “I swear by Allaah, my eyes did not see anyone, as far as I know, who was more eager about the Sunnah, and more severe in aiding it, and who followed it more than Al-Albaanee. Indeed a car overturned with him inside of it between Jeddah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, and the people rushed (to it) saying, ‘O Sattaar, O Sattaar!’ (meaning O Protector). So the Supporter of Hadeeth (Al-Albaanee) said to them while he was under the overturned car, ‘Say O Sateer, and don’t say O Sattaar, for As-Sattaar is not from the Most High’s names.’ And in the Hadeeth (the Prophet said), ‘Verily Allaah is Living (Hayy), Sateer (Concealer); He loves sitr (covering, concealing or protecting).’”
Shaykh Yahya Al-Hajooree (may Allah protect and preserve him) was asked ,”
Question: Is it permissible to name somebody by Abdus Sattar?
Answer: I haven’t found anything about As-Sattar being one of Allah’s names. And since there isn’t any proof for this name, no one should be called Abdus Sattar.
Sheikh Ubayd al-Jaabiree said that Siteer is from Allaah’s names not what is common on people’s tongues ‘saattar’
Sheikh Ubayd said that concealing of other peoples’ faults is only praiseworthy when that fault is between that person and Allaah as for innovations and open sins that affect the public then these need to be made aware of for the greater benefit to society unless the person repents from this sincerely.
Keeping Sins a Secret :
From among the teachings of Allah’s Messenger (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) is to keep sins a secret matter. If someone commits a sinful act which is against the Commandments of Allah, or is against the moral character, or is such an act that may cause harm to one’s honor, then he should keep it a secret and seek forgiveness from Allah in the darkness of night.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “My entire nation is safe, except al-Mujahirin (those who boast of their sins). Among the Mujaharah is that a man commits an (evil) act, and wakes up in the morning while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret, he says: “O so- and-so! Last night I did this and that.” He goes to sleep while Allah has kept his (sin) a secret but he wakes up in the morning and uncovers what Allah has kept a secret!” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]
Abdullah Ibn Masoud (May allah be pleased with him) related, `A man came to the Prophet and said: `O Messenger of Allah! I have mingled with a woman in the far side of al-Medina, and I fulfilled my desire short of actually having sexual intercourse with her. So, here am I, judge me according to what you decide.’ Umar Ibn al-Khattab (May allah be pleased with him) then said: `Allah had kept your secret, why did not you keep your secret?’ [Saheeh Muslim]
Similarly, if one becomes aware of somebody else’s sin, he should keep it a secret. Allah’s Messenger (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “He, who relieves a hardship of this Dunya (world) for a believer, Allah will relieve (from him) a hardship of the Day of Resurrection; he who makes easy an indebted person, Allah will make it easy for him in the Dunya and the Hereafter; he who covers a Muslim (meaning his mistakes and shortcomings), Allah will cover him in the Dunya and the Hereafter …” [Sahih Muslim]
Reference: Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn as-Sa’di AbdurRahman.org
Story of Shayakh Al-Albaani translated by Aqeel Walker Al-Kanz At-Thaameen fee As-ilahtu Talibatul ilm wa Zaa’iree [ vol 1, page 19] printed by Darul kitab wa Sunnah 2009
Saheeh al-Bukhari Saheeh Muslim