Backbiting Vs Counselling

Question

One of our colleagues gets around one and a half lac in salary, but he usually eats at others' expense. Others taunt him and us as well because of his habits. We have tried to advise him. Does this count as back biting?


Answer

Ignoring moral boundaries in conversations has become our social norm. These boundaries cover a complete surah of the Qur'an, al-Surah al-Hujuraat. We are told not to ridicule, suspect or backbite our Muslim brethren. According to the Prophet (sws), heaven is prohibited to the slanderers. We don't realise the consequences of our gross misconduct. Some people develop it as a habit, oblivious to the sin. Our minor misdemeanours sometimes have grave consequences. This gentleman has correctly pointed out the issue. The person should be advised to be cautious while commenting on his countrymen, saying only what is right and avoiding abusive remarks. Even our journalism ignores such values. People falsely accuse, spread rumours and exaggerate without any remorse, considering it a religious duty. They don't realise the necessary results in the court of Allah.

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into English by Mr Dhu al-Nurain.

About the Author

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi


Javed Ahmad Ghamidi was born in 1951 in a village of Sahiwal, a district of the Punjab province. After matriculating from a local school, he came to Lahore in 1967 where he is settled eversince. He did his BA honours (part I) in English Literature and Philosophy from the Government College, Lahore in 1972 and studied Islamic disciplines in the traditional manner from various teachers and scholars throughout his early years. In 1973, he came under the tutelage of Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997) (http://www.amin-ahsan-islahi.com), who was destined to who have a deep impact on him. He was also associated with the famous scholar and revivalist Abu al-A‘la Mawdudi (d. 1979) for several years. He taught Islamic studies at the Civil Services Academy for more than a decade from 1979 to 1991.

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