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Assalamualaikum! This is a short story with fictional characters …. … but based on the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith of the Prophet saw. Average viewing time: 5 minutes. Assalamualaikum, dear brothers and sisters in Islam!

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This is a short story with fictional characters

but based on the Quran and authentic Ahadith of the Prophetsaw

Average viewing time: 5 minutes

Assalamualaikum, dear brothers and sisters in Islam!

My name is Majid and theres something I recently learned that Id like to share with all of you.

You see, I was visiting my friend Saleh last week and

And hows your business running, Majid?

Well, its not going all too well

I understand, its the economic recession

Well, that too but the real cause of the problem is my business partner, Mahmud! He is a lazy, good-for-nothing man I now regret my decision to enter into a partnership with him!

What seems to be the problem? Have you tried talking to him about it?

Whats the point? Hes not bothered with keeping up with his part of the deal and its incurring us losses. I find him asleep at his desk whenever I visit the office!

Majid, you must talk over these matters with him.

I did talk to him once and he said some family concerns were occupying his mind. But its been months now and he doesnt get his lazy self out of the office to check on the work in progress!

Something must be wrong

Yes a heavy breakfast, an early lunch and no intention to work for progress thats whats wrong with him!

Majid, I understand your concern for your business, but I must also advise you to be cautious with your words

Why? He isnt here so why do I need to be cautious?

Precisely. He isnt here, which is why we must be careful of the manner in which we talk about him.

You dont mean backbiting, do you? But this isnt backbiting Im telling you the truth about Mahmud nothing wrong with that.

Brother, Alhamdolillah, we are Muslims and it is our duty to uphold a persons honor in his presence as well as in his absence.

Yes, but as I said, Im not lying about him thats just the kind of person he is!

Actually, the Prophetsaw clearly defined Gheebah, or backbiting, in a well known Hadith

The Messengersaw of Allah said: Do you know what backbiting is? They said, Allah and His Messenger know best.

Hesaw 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 Messengersaw of Allah said, If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.

(Sahih Muslim)

Speaking the truth is also backbiting? Are you sure?

These are not my words but the words of Allahs Messengersaw, whom Allahswt sent to us as a complete role model.

I never thought of it that way. Now I recall that there is an ayah in the Quran about backbiting but I dont remember it exactly

Yes, thats an ayah from Surah Al Hujurat about spying and backbiting where Allahswt says

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed 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 Allh. Verily, Allh is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.

Surah Al Hujurat: 12

Yes, thats the one. Subhaan Allah, I would never have thought of correlating that ayah to what I say about Mahmud!

But what if I go and tell Mahmud what I am saying to you right now? Thats not backbiting, is it? He would know what I said about him

That is true, it would not be hidden from him but how would that make him feel?

Well I dont knowI mean, he has his faults so he cannot expect to be let off without any harm hes practically asking for it!

I wonder, brother, which one of us is free of faults? We all have weaknesses and we dislike others to know about them.

Well, yes

How would I feel if a particularly bad habit of mine was spread among the people? I wouldnt know how to face those people.

Then what must one do? We talk about people all the time, we joke about it we really dont mean any harm.

Brother, in our open and unchecked discussions, we have much to lose. Indeed, Allahswt has said about a group of gossip mongers in the Quran

When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allh it was very great.

Surah An-Noor: 15

What Saleh was an eye-opener but it made perfect sense. Backbiting and slander can really harm relationships. I wish I could continue the story but its time for Asr salah in my part of the world.

Ill just leave you with this ayah from the Quran thats a great motivation to avoid backbiting and abusing people

The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allh ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily! he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.

Surah Fussilat: 34

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May Allah reward you for listening intently and may He guide you to what is best in His Deen!


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