The Gossip !
A person repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor.
Within a few days the whole community knew the story.
The person it concerned was deeply hurt and offended.
Later the person responsible for spreading the rumor learned that it was completely untrue!!!
The person was very sorry and went to a wise old man to find out what could be done to repair the damage.
“Go to the marketplace,” the wise old man said, “and purchase chicken feathers. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers and drop them one by one along the road.”
Although surprised by this advice, the person did what was told to do.
The next day the wise man said, “Now go and collect all those feathers you dropped yesterday and bring them back to me.”
The person followed the same road, but unfortunately , the wind had blown the feathers away. After searching for hours; returned with only one feather .
“You see,” said the old man , “it’s easy to drop them, but it’s impossible to get them back.
So it is with gossip! It doesn’t take much to spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong.”
O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions; indeed 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 Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful.
And Never Forget….
Who Backbites With You Today….
Will Backbite about You Tomorrow….