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Backbiting is Condemned in Islam

Not only is backbiting is prohibited but to listen to gossips has also been condemned in Islam. Imam Zaynul-'Abideen (as) has said, "The right of ears is to abstain from listening to Al-Gheebah and to abstain from listening what has been forbidden to listen". (Bihar al-Anwaar)
In fact listening to backbiting is just as bad as backbiting. A man came to Imam Zaynul-'Aabideen (as) and in a foolish gesture of sympathy, told him that: "O son of the Prophet! In such and such gathering, such and such person has backbite you". Imam (as), who at that time was engrossed in 'Ibadah in the corner of his house, was not impressed by this. He (as) addressed the man and said, "Firstly, you are dishonest to that man. A person spoke badly about me in my absence. You have no right to tell it to me and expose what he hid when he considered you honest and trustworthy. Secondly, you did not observe my respect by telling me a thing, which I did not need". Then the Holy Imam (as) added, "Did you not know that slanderers are dogs of hell? Tell that man we will all die, our place will be the grave and the promise of Judgement Day has been given to us and Almighty God is the arbitrator between us". (Li-aalil-Akhbaar)

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