Backbiting & Slander

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Saturday 27th March 2021.

Let’s talk about ‘Backbiting & Slander’ today.

The two issues I am about to touch upon today are such that each and everyone of us are involved in them, in one way or another. However, whenever we hear about such issues, we don’t even realise that we are involved in them? How come? The answer is very simple. It has become so common and we are so deeply engrossed that we do not even realise that we are committing such major sins.

Talking about a person in their absence, such talk that they would not like if they were present, is the simple definition of ‘Backbiting’ (Ghībat). If that talk is untrue, then it is ‘Slander’ (Buhtān).

Let’s pause for a moment and reflect upon our last 24 hours. Unless you have not spoken with anybody at all, which is very highly unlikely, then think about what you have said and who you said it to. Without a shadow of doubt you will have backbited someone. If you remained silent, then the person you spoke with will have backbited someone.

Speaking and listening is just the same. What does it matter to me and you what someone else is doing? Why put our few good deeds and actions on the line for no reason whatsoever? The exchange currency in the Hereafter is deeds, not pounds, euros, or dollars.

So come on, brothers and sisters, let’s make this Shab Barāt an occasion to self reflect and rectify ourselves. Don’t just listen to the Bayāns for the sake of entertainment and pleasure. Check within yourself what spiritual illnesses you are involved in. Ask The Almighty for forgiveness and sincerely make an intention to keep away from such sins in the future.

A special word for my sisters. Once some of you start on the phone, there is no stopping. Please don’t spoil your hard earned deeds.

Almighty Allāh give us all the correct understanding and rid us of all our spiritual illnesses, Āmeen.

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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala