Tale Carying And Its Consequences.

Source : Narrated by Al-Bukhari, hadith 6135

Truly Allah is just. Truly Allah calls back his servants!
The salaf used to say that if a tale-carrier comes to you with news, there is no doubt he will do the same to you.

Muhammad bin ka'b was asked what qualities are low and not fitting for a believer and he said "talking too much, uncovering the secret, and accepting the sayings of everyone."

The lesson is simple. The truth is the truth, and it does not change. Allah has forbidden tale-carrying [nameema], He has forbidden slander and has forbidden backbiting.

Thus, keep your actions, hearts and thoughts away from it!
"Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother?" [al-Hujuraat 49:12] (referring to human flesh, i.e., gossip).

There is a great deal of evidence to show that it is haram.

Disobedience to the forbiddance of nameema, backbiting, and gossip has its tragic consequences on all parties involved. If not in this life, then in the Hereafter.
The Prophet (saws) passed by two graves and said, "Both of them (persons in the grave) are being tortured, and they are not being tortured for a major sin. This one used not to save himself from being soiled with his urine, and the other used to go about with calumnies (among the people to rouse hostilities, e.g., one goes to a person and tells him that so-and-so says about him such-and-such evil things). [bukhari 8.73.78]

How does a Muslim Indulge in this sin?

  • by listening to a tale-carrier without the attempt to forbid his evil
  • by believing the tale-carrier
  • by spreading the tale of the tale-carrier

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has warned his ummah numerous times about this because it is a cause for the Muslims, who should have mercy in their hearts for one another, to split and fight among each other.
To demonstrate the abhorrence of being caught indulging in this sin. It was narrated that Ibn Mas'ood said: "We were with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) when a man got up and left. Immediately another man spoke disparagingly of him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to him: `Clean between your teeth.' He asked, `Why do I need to clean between my teeth? I have not eaten any meat.' He said, `You have eaten your brother's flesh.'" (Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani).

It does not take a genius to figure out that the tale-carrier will not come to you and say "I am a tale-carrier and I backbite and gossip."

Instead, he will come to you and say something like "I am only warning you of a person's evil and you should stay away from that person."

But in actuality, it is he who the world should be warned about.

There is a FINE LINE between tale-carrying and warning people of someone's great evil, a subject we believe we should all take the time to learn about.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): "Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him say something good or else let him keep silent.


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