Ramadan: Slandering and Backbiting?

With these hadiths and Quranic verses why is that Muslims backbite and slander each other

Backbiting= Something that is true but the person would not like yous saying that.

Slandering= Something false that the person would not like hearing.

"O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah, verily, Allah is The One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful" (Qur'an 49: 12)

Islam is a religion of peace, love and compassion. Lies, suspicion, back biting, slander and gossip are totally alien to Islam. In fact they are considered amongst the most destructive of major sins. This is so because these sins sow enmity and discord among the Muslim Ummah and lead to its destruction. They cause hostilities between people of the same household, and between neighbours, friends and relatives.

Islam demands that our relationship with mankind should be one of sincerity and responsibility. It should be one where we have respect for the honor, reputation and privacy of others. Islam teaches us that we are not only held accountable for our own attitudes and actions but also for anything else over which we have control or influence over, in our society or the world around us.

Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God (24: 15)

Many of us back bite and gossip without thinking. We think it is minor matter, however God reminds us to be careful and even though we think we are doing something little it is in fact very big in the sight of God!

Prophet Muhammad said :"Do you know what backbiting is?" They said, "God and His Messenger know best." He then said, "It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike." Someone asked him, "But what if what I say is true?" The Messenger of God said, "If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him." (Muslim)

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Assalam Alaykum. I would like to add this beautiful hadith :

    The Prophet (saws) said : “Whoever has done wrong to his brother, whether it be the matter of honour or of money, let him put it right today, before he is overtaken by a Day on which there will be no dinar or dirham, but any good deeds he has to his credit may be taken and given in compensation to the one he has wronged, and if he has no good deeds to his credit, his victim’s sins may be taken and added to his own burden instead.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari).

    Alhamdulillah - I hope for a lot of reward this way on the Day of Judgement. Wassalam.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    purely needed to characteristic some innovations from the Christian attitude besides.. Gossip,slander and merciless backbiting,are all condemned interior the Bible and Gossip,although a non-violent offense,is spiritually equated,with the sin of homicide...i believe it replaced into James(the a million/2 brother of Jesus) that suggested,"in case you do in comparison to your brother,whom you have seen,how are you able to declare which you adore God,whom you haven't any longer seen"?. Gossip might look the lesser evil,(of the three examples) as the two Slander and Backbitting are flagrantly obtrusive evil communique yet casual gossip is insidious and a warm iron that sears the concience and is a root clarification for all evil communique..

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Backbiting =

    “speaking ill of a believer in their absence with the purpose of disparaging or not, and no matter whether the alleged shortcoming was related to his body, lineage, behaviour, deeds, statements, religion, or life, and other defects which are [usually] concealed from the people. Similarly, it does not matter whether the description was done by words or by gesture.”

    You missed out "absence" which holds the key of backbiting.

  • 1 decade ago

    Very good, Everybody should learn from this. It is very wrong to do so. I go against everybody Slandering and Backbiting. They do it everyday, but you can't control everybody, they are the ones who are going to be punished from Allah. Just ignore them. I wish everyone would stop but it's uncontrollable! Everybody does it! I hope their tongues blister for how much they gossip.

    Source(s): Muslim
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