Backbiting, Slander, Gossip
How often have you questioned everything else before considering your actions, giving least thought to the evil which befalls you is, perhaps, because of you?
We say and do as we please, without giving due thought to the harmful effects of what we utter may have on us or others. Gheebah (backbiting), buhtan (slander), and nameemah (malicious gossip), we’re all guilty of it, and some of us will deny it unequivocally when reminded of its dangerous and lasting effects.
“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allāh, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.” (An-Nisā, 4:79)
Our world will be a much better place once we are free from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumptions we may have of others. Revealing secrets and intimacies, idle talk and rumour, are all immoral practices that most people would think as unwelcome in their company or home. What doesn’t concern us, shouldn’t have to resound through time and space.