Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the dangers of a habit that is often done by many people. The habit I mean is gossiping. Usually the act is often carried out by women and is one of the topics aired on television. In Islamic teachings, it is strictly prohibited.
In language we can understand, that gossiping is talking about a person’s shortcomings or vices. In Islam, the meaning of the word gossip can be found in the hadith below;
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : أتدرون ما الغيبة ؟ قالوا : الله ورسوله أعلم . قال : ذكرك أخاك بما يكره
From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu ‘anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam has said, “Do you know, is it gossiping?” They replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “You are talking your brother with something he doesn’t like.”
If we look at the explanation of the meaning of the word gossip above, we will find a similarity in meaning, that gossiping is talking about a person’s mistakes or vices. We can illustrate that with an incident, “If you have done something wrong or bad, then I talk about your mistakes or badness without you knowing it, then I have gossiped about you.”
We can find a ban on gossiping in the verses of the Qur’an and the hadith below;
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱجۡتَنِبُواْ كَثِيرٗا مِّنَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعۡضَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِثۡمٞۖ وَ لَا تَجَسَّسُواْ وَلَا يَغۡتَب بَّعۡضُكُم بَعۡضًاۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمۡ أَن يَأۡكُلَ لَحۡمَ أَخِيهِ مَيۡتٗا فَكَرِهۡتُمُوهُۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ تَوَّابٞ رَّحِيمٞ ١٢
O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful. (Al-Hujurat ; 12).
عن جابر بن عبد الله رضي الله عنهما قال : كنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فارفعت ريح جيفة منتنة , فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : أتدرون ما هذه الريح ؟ هذه ريح الذين يغتابون المؤمنين
From Jabir bin Abdillah radliyallaahu ‘anhumaa, he said, “We have been with the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. Then the smell of rotten corpse appeared. Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said, “Do you know what this smell is? This is the smell of people who gossip about believers.”
All readers! It is true, in the hadith above, the prohibition on gossiping is not clearly seen. But if we reflect on it, then we will know that the prohibitions in the hadith are very hard. That we can see from the fatal consequences of gossiping which is likened to the smell of a very rotten carcass; smell that will never be liked by someone forever.
In addition, we can also find a ban on gossip in the advice of the Prophet Muhammad to Ali bin Abi Talib below;
“Do not condemn someone with the shame that is in him. There is no one flesh except in it is bone. There is no ransom for sin because of gossiping until he apologizes for that sin or he reads istighfar for that sin.”
If we understand the advice above, we know that there is no other way to eradicate sin due to gossip except in two ways. First, apologize to people who have been the object of gossip. That is because gossip is a sin related to one’s rights. In other words, gossiping is taking part of someone’s rights by force. That’s why people who have gossiped must apologize for their actions. Second, is istighfar reading to erase that sin.
A common problem that I often find is gossiping people who are very difficult to find. Usually the victims of gossip are politicians who are very difficult to find, while the perpetrators of gossip are ordinary people.
That is a brief explanation of the theme of this article. Now, do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear.
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
The advice of the Prophet Muhammad is in the book “Washiyyatu al-Mushthafaa”, al-Miftaah Publishing, Surabaya, Indonesia, p. 12 and 13.