Recently the most shocking, repulsive and unfathomable act was reported. Cannibalism in Pakistan.
Two brothers had been arrested on cannibalism. they had been digging up corpses and cooking human flesh into stew. Unbelievable isn’t it? WHO in their right minds would eat HUMAN FLESH?! NO ONE who is SANE would ever cut up a dead body and eat that human flesh, No body.
But wait are you sure? What if I say that you are one of them? Those people who would eat the flesh of a dead brother. You would definitely get enraged wouldn’t you? Start yelling at me or calling me names. But yo know what? I would still stnad by what I say. I’m sure you would want to know why I blame you of such a heinous act. So I shall tell you…
The truth is that people commit the crime of eat their dead brothers flesh almost everyday. How you ask? By backbiting and slandering. Backbiting and slandering are among the greatest of sins. They have been forbidden and equal to cannibalism. It has been clearly stated in the Quran.
O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (49: 12)
Those of you who do not consider it a great sin, or do not realize it as a great sin, ALLAAH has warned you for your inifference towards it
Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God (24: 15)
Those people who dont backbite or slander BUT are there in the company of those who do. You are asked to speak up against it! for silence is the lowest form of Emaan
And why did you not, when you heard it, say? “It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to God, this is a most serious slander” (24:16)
Backbiting and Slander are Shaitan’s works. He wants you to use your tongue for the worst and to create misunderstandings and conflicts. Beware of him because he is your avowed enemy.
Say to My servants that they should only say those things that are best, for Satan does sow dissensions among them, for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (17:53)
Here is the definition of Backbiting and Slander in a Hadith…
Prophet Muhammad said :”Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)
So dear brother ans sisters be careful of what you say and how you speak. The act you consider revolting and heinous could also be among the acts you commit unknown. The Quran and Hadith speak the truth in all matters as we all believe being Muslims. We can not take th matter of backbiting and slander lightly. You may not realize the weight of that sin.You may not be able weigh your words or believe that which is spoken is lost. You are a fool to think such for no word ever leaves the room or vanishes and even if no one else heard, know that ALLAAH heard.
If people realize that they shouldnt backbite or slander and decide to hurt others on their faces then know that that too is wrong!
O ye who believe! let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (Indeed) doing wrong. (Surah: Al-Hujurat Ayat: 11)