Defaming a Muslim: A Great Sin

Forhad Khan Nayeen।।

Defaming somebody merely depending on some rumors or guess is a great sin. Nobody preserves the right to dishonour somebody else. There is no scope of defamation in Islam. It is a heinous and punishable offense.

The holy Quran says in Sura Hajj in verse no. 30: Refrain from false talk.

In another place Allah says, “And those who annoy believing men and women undeservedly, they bear the crime of slander and plain sin”. Sura Ahzab: 58

The Messenger of Allah PBUH says about those who attack someone’s honour, “If a Muslim dishonours other Muslim illegally, Allah will also insult him instead of forgiving him.” Abu Dawood.

In Islam, it is strictly prohibited to speak something about somebody without evidence let alone defaming; because defaming somebody means attacking his honour. Islam instructs us to bear good idea about others. Islam forbids to speak about someone on the basis of presumption.

Allah says in Sura Hujurat, verse no. 12: Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; do not spy on one another; do not look for other’s faults; do not be jealous of one another; do not envy one another; do not hate one another.

The Messenger of Allah PBUH says, “There are five sins whereof there is no requital. And defaming a Mumin is the third of them”. Musnad Ahmad.

From the above Hadith it is clear that a slanderer’s ultimate abode will be in the hellfire.

So, we should be very much careful before we speak something about somebody. It is an essential demand of Islam not to hurt someone by hampering his honour and prestige only on the basis of rumour or presumption.