‘Backbiting and Mocking’ according to Islam (Based on a Muslim Youth Movement video)

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Greetings and Asalaamu alaikum to every Muslim reading this article. Alhamdulillah,  I do have a very special gift to share with everyone and that is the gift of knowledge.

So in our everyday interactions we find ourselves speaking to different people in different manners for example we have a particular way of speaking to our parents and carers, we have a different approach to speaking to our friends and another for close friends. We speak to strangers in a certain manner and we speak to elders and youngsters in a certain manner.

And often, although it’s very unfortunate, we find ourselves mocking some people whether it’s close friends and we class is as just friendly banter or when it’s genuine rude remarks aimed at upsetting that person.

Whatever the case may be, as always, we try to refer to The Qur’an and Sunnah. Now I really want to refer ourselves to this Small section from Surah Hujarat, Surah 49, where Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, instructs us;

“O you who have believed, let not a man ridicule [another] man; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them.”

The Ayah moves onto say;

“And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames.”

From which we can clearly accept that mocking someone is forbidden in Islam. But lets move onto banter. What we as a society class as banter is joking with people mostly on a personal level. And as a society, more and more people start to accept insults which are being thrown at them whether it’s to do with their appearance, nationality, background or even family. Now no one is here to say that humour is forbidden in Islam but right now we’re talking about mocking people for our own entertainment. Even though we see the the person laugh with us, they are insulted deep down and they only laugh with you because they feel they really have no choice. Who wants to get classed as boring and rover-sensitive for being called a silly name?

My proof to you for this is put yourself in that position where your friend has just made fun of you regarding your most sensitive insecurities and you’re laughing on the outside but inside you’re truly hurt by it to some extent.

See doesn’t feel too good does it?

And I think in a lot of cases, the roots of this problem is someone wanting to show their dominance or that they’re the alpha dog, so to speak.

And what about when the person is not present? They’re not hearing what’s being said about them so if it doesn’t hurt them in any shape or form, why should we not mock them to other people? It’s funny right? Wrong.

My dear brothers and sisters know, that when you backfire about a person or people, your good deeds will be transferred to them and their bad deeds will become your burden and no longer theirs. Not so funny anymore is it?

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala tells us in the same Surah; “Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it. And fear Allah, verily, Allah is The One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful” (Qur’an 49: 12)

Can you imagine that?

And how do we feel when we find out that someone has been talking negatively about us with other people? We take it to heart on some next level.

So Taubah is our next step. If you have ever publicly or privately, directly or behind their back mocked someone, ask for their forgiveness and ask Allah (SWT) for forgiveness. Hate the action and make intention never to return to it.

And so May Allah (SWT) make us of those who inherit good qualities in our lives and only speak good about our brothers and sisters in Deen.

Anything good I have said is from Allah and of course any mistakes and anything bad I may have said would be from myself and the shaytan, may Allah forgive me.

Wasalaamu alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu

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