Summary of today’s khutba:
- Definition of backbiting and slander
- Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Backbiting means that a man mentions about a person something which is true behind his back.’
- Done by words, facial expressions, and hand gestures
- Difference between them
- What does Islam say about them? “They are major sins strictly forbidden”
- Why do we gossip?
- To get things off one’s chest especially in case of hatred
- To join in with a group of friends
- To show our superiority and put others down
- To act funny and joke
- Out of jealousy or anger
- Out of pity for someone
- To relieve boredom
- To impress others
- Prohibition of backbiting (Quran 49:12, 24:15, 24:16)
- Reward of controlling our tongue: “He who protects his tongue from unlawful utterances and his private parts from zina, I shall guarantee him entrance into Paradise.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
- Prohibition of listening to gossip (Quran 17:36)
Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever defends the honor of his brother, Allah will protect his face from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.” (Silsilah as-Sahihah)
- Best Muslim as defined by our Prophet ﷺ: “He is the one from whom Muslims are safe from the evil of his tongue and hands.” (Muslim)
- When is backbiting allowed?
- complaint to someone in authority who can address the wrong when an injustice has been done
- seeking religious guidance from a Muslim scholar
- to get help in changing a wrong or to prevent a disaster
- consultation in matters of marriage, business, asking about a neighbor before moving, etc
- in these cases we are allowed reveal only as much as necessary about the person.
May Allah keep our tongues safe from the sin of gossip and backbiting.
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