Just a little information about slandering and backbiting from the perspective of Islam:
Definition of slandering and backbiting according to Hadith:
Abu Hurayrah (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Prophet Mohammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “Allah 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 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."
Islam strictly forbids slandering and backbiting:
"O you who believe! Avoid much [negative] assumptions, indeed, some assumptions are sin. And do not spy or backbite each other" [49:12]
"Woe to every slanderer and backbiter." [Surah Al-Humazah: 1]
Hudaifah (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
"The one who spreads gossip (Namaam) will not enter Paradise."Me and some of my friends were discussing about 'slandering' from the perspective of Islam. We all know that 'backbiting' is a deadly sin. But we often do it. We do slandering even more frequently.
Just a little example:
Probably you are browsing your Facebook news feed. You see a picture of girl without proper dress. Then you tell your friend about the girl... Something like, "See that girl... ah! what a revealing dress she is wearing, she is a '________". You all now what word you most frequently use in that gap. You don't know anything about that girl. You are just assuming it. And telling your assumption to your friend in her absence. That's slandering. And even if you knew that girl has some bad habits, you cannot just gossip about her. That's backbiting. Both are prohibited in Islam. But we 'Muslims' do it a lot.
You heard from a 'friend' that your neighbor is an addicted person. And probably you keep spreading this without even verifying it. That's slandering. And even if it is true, that's backbiting.
There are cases when you can say negative things about others. For instance, you may have to complain about someone or warn someone about others.
If your friend is buying goods from a grocery, and you know for sure that the grocery sells faulty goods, you can warn your friend about that or you can even complain to the authority. That's not backbiting nor slandering.
Backbiting and slandering are two major sins. Brothers and sisters, please avoid these two. These two habits can eventually destroy a whole society.
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