Think twice before you Backbite and Gossip!!!

Sins either minor or major are the main causes for all human miseries, evils and torments in this world and hereafter. Among the worst sins that are supreme in harm and danger are backbiting and slandering. These two sins are forbidden by Allah and His beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  These toe sins are forbidden and the worst consequences that one faces who commits them are mention in Quran and hadith.  They sow enmity, evils and discord among people and arise to hostilities between neighbors and relatives. Moreover these two sins decrease in good deeds and increase in evil and lead to dishonor and ignominy.  Allah says in the holy Quran:

“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” (Al-Hujuraat 49: 12)

The above ayah forbids about backbiting and also emphasize about its punishment. The punishment of backbiting is that of eating one’s own brother’s flesh raw. Who would do that?? We would definitely feel abhor it. Since we hate eating it so much then we should stop ourselves from committing the sin too and hate it. Another sin that is mentioned in the ayah is suspicion. Backbiting and slandering are shame and disgrace and they only bring destruction for the perpetrator. Muslims should guard their tongue form such debasing sins and use there energy and limbs in acts of obedience to Allah. Gossiping is another form of backbiting because it carries vicious tales about people from one place to another. Allah condemned this deed when He said,

“And obey not everyone who swears much, and is considered worthless. A slanderer going about with calumnies.” (Al-Qalam 68: 10-11)

The Prophet said, “The gossiper will not enter Paradise.”

Fear Allah therefore, dear brothers, and call yourselves to account before you are called to account and weigh your own deeds before they are weighed for you.

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