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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do you know what slander (Gheebah) is?” The Sahabah answered: “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike (to hear).” Someone asked: “What if he is as I say?” Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “If he is as you say, you have slandered him, and if not, you have calumniated (Buhtan) him.” [Sahih Muslim]

Slander is saying anything about a person that he would dislike to have said about him, whether aloud, in writing, by a sign, or a gesture. Anything by which one conveys a Muslim’s shortcomings to another is slander (Gheebah), and as such it is unlawful (Haraam). It includes doing imitations of someone, such as by walking with a limp, with a stoop, or similar posture, intending to mimic the person with such a deficiency. Anything of this sort is unquestionably Haraam.

Our pious predecessors understood that listening to slander or desiring to hear it constitutes slander itself. Ibraheem ibn Adham (radi Allahu anhu) answered an invitation to come to a wedding feast, where some of those present mentioned that a certain person who did not attend was “unpleasant.” Ibraheem said, “I myself have done this (become unpleasant) by coming to a place where others are slandered,” and he left and would not eat for three days. [Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri]

If we stopped eating for three days each time we heard a negative comment on someone, we’d be thin as toothpicks by now. Why not start this? Fast for three consecutive days each time you either slander someone or listen to anyone being slandered.

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