Gossiping, Spying, Eavesdropping and Suspicion in Islaam

Posted on April 13, 2014

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The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No person who spreads nameemah will enter Paradise.”

According to another report,
“No eavesdropper (qattaat)…”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6056; Muslim, 105]

A qattaat is someone who spreads nameemah.

It was said that the one who spreads nameemah is the person who is with a group who are speaking, then he spreads gossip about them, and that the qattaat is the one who listens to them without them realizing, then he spreads gossip about them.

It is narrated in al-Saheehayn from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
‘Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the falsest of speech.
Do not eavesdrop; do not spy on one another; do not envy one another; do not forsake one another; do not hate one another.
Be, O slaves of Allaah, brothers.”
[Al-Bukhaari, 5144; Muslim, 2563]

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“Some of the scholars said that tahassus [‘eavesdropping’] means listening to other people’s conversations, and tajassus [‘spying’] means seeking out their faults.
Or it was suggested that tajassus means looking for secrets.

The word is mostly used in the sense of evil. The jaasoos (spy) is the one who seeks out secrets for evil purposes and the naamoos is the one who seeks out secrets for good purposes.

And it was said that tajassus means looking for information for someone else, and tahassus means looking for information for oneself. This was the view of Tha’lab.

And it was said that they mean one and the same, which is seeking out information about people’s circumstances.”

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