Prohibitions in Islam - Page 34

People take the matter of gheebah very lightly, although it is very serious in the sight of Allah, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): "There are seventy-two forms of riba, the least of which is as bad as a man having intercourse with his own mother, and the worst of which is when a man slanders the honor of his brother." (Silsilah Al-Sahih, 1871).
Whoever is present in a gathering where gossip takes place should "forbid what is evil" and defend his absent brother. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) encouraged us to do this when he said: "Whoever defends the honor of his Muslim brother, Allah will protect his face from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection." (Reported by Ahmad, 6/450; see also Sahih Al-Jami', 6238).
Some people go about repeating the words of others to cause trouble between people; this is one of the greatest causes of broken relations and stirring up feelings of hatred among people. Allah condemned the one who does this (interpretation of the meaning): "And obey not everyone who swears much, - and is considered worthless, a slanderer, going about with calumnies." [Al-Qalam 68:10-11]
Hudhayfah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "No eavesdropper will enter Paradise." (Reported by Al-Bukhari, see Al-Fath, 10/472; "Eavesdropper" here refers to a person who eavesdrops on others without their knowing, then goes and tells others what he has heard).
Ibn 'Abbas said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed by one of the gardens of Madinah, and heard the sound of two people being punished in their graves. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "They are being punished, but they are not being punished for any major sin; one of them used never to clean himself properly after urinating, and the other used to spread malicious slander " (Reported by Al-Bukhari; see Fath Al-Bari, 1/317).
One of the worst forms of this sin is to cause trouble between a husband and wife, or vice versa, or to tell one's boss what other employees are saying, in order to create trouble. All of this is haram.
Looking into people's houses without their permission
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): "O you who believe! Enter not houses other than your own, until you have asked permission and greeted those in them" [Al-Noor 24:27]
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) explained that the reason why permission was to be sought was for fear that the person seeking to enter might see something private in the house: "The rule of seeking permission has been established for the sake of (not) seeing." (Reported by Al-Bukhari, see Fath Al-Bari, 11/24).
Nowadays, when houses and buildings are too close to one another or even attached, and doors and windows face one another, the possibility of neighbors seeing one another has increased greatly. Many people do not lower their gaze, and some of those who live on higher floors may deliberately look down from their roofs and windows into neighboring homes that are lower than their own. This is an act of betrayal and an invasion of their neighbors' privacy, as well as being the way that leads to haram deeds. A great deal of

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