Hadeeth Twenty Seven: He is not a Carrier of Malicious Reports
From Anas ibn Maalik (radiyallaahu ‘anhu) who said that
Allaah’s Messenger () said: Do you know what calumny (al-‘Adh) is? They said: Allaah and his Messenger () know best. He said:
Conveying the words of some people to others
in order to create mischief between them.
Tale-carrying is a foul disease; when it enters the heart it corrupts it, and when the heart is corrupt the rest of the body becomes corrupt and one’s
actions are destroyed. How many people there are today whose evil actions have been made alluring to them by their devils, so that they think that their deeds are good and free
from blemish! How many there are today who think that tale-carrying is a good deed and righteous action which they are carrying out! However these people who circulate amongst the
servants of Allaah, the One free and far removed from all imperfections, spreading mischief, falsehood and leading hearts astray, then the sincere Muslim should not give them any
chance to operate but should rather turn away from them and keep away from them! This is the least punishment that is possible for these people!
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 Reported by al-Bukhaaree in al Adabul Mufrad (no. 425), al-Baihaqee in his Sunanul Kubraa (10/246) and others and its chain of
narration is hasan. A similar report from Ibn Mas‘ood is reported by Muslim (Eng. Trans. 4/1375/no.4303).