Prohibition of Listening to Backbiting

Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 255
Prohibition of Listening to Backbiting

Allah, the Exalted, says:

And when they hear Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk) they withdraw from it.” (28:55)

And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).” (23:3)

Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those ones will be questioned (by Allah).” (17:36)

And when you (Muhammad (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam)) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur’an) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaitan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers).” (6:68)

1528. Abud-Darda’ (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who defends the honour of his (Muslim) brother, Allah will secure his face against the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.”

1529. `Itban bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) said in his long Hadith cited in the Chapter entitled `Hope’ reported: When the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) stood up to offer As-Salat (the prayer) he asked, “Where is Malik bin Ad-Dukhshum?” A man replied: “He is a hypocrite. He does not love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Do not say that. Do you not know that he said: La ilaha illallah (there is no true god except Allah),’ seeking His Pleasure. Allah has made the fire of Hell unlawful for him who affirms that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1530. Ka`b bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) said in his long story about his repentance: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was sitting among the people in Tabuk. He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “What happened to Ka`b bin Malik?” A person from the tribe of Banu Salamah said: “O Messenger of Allah! the embellishment of his cloak and an appreciation of his sides have allured him, and he was thus detained.” Mu`adh bin Jabal (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “Woe be upon you! You have passed indecent remarks. O Messenger of Allah! by Allah, we know nothing about him but good.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) remained silent.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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