One of the most filthy habits that man can develop within himself is back-biting (ghibah). Lots of people partake in this vice, but it is something particularly rife on ”The Cult” website. It is for this reason that I am compelled to pen something down about it all. Anyone who has had the misfortune of visiting the ”Cult” website will have observed the pre-occupation of many of its users to flagrantly insult the present Ahmadi Caliph (ayyadahu Allahu ta’ala bi-nasrihi al-‘aziz), his predecessors (radi Allahu ‘anhum) and Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (‘alayhi al-salam). This is directly against the Qur’anic admonishment:
”Woe to whoever disparages others behind their back or to their face” (Q.104:1)
The traditional interpretations of this verse are quite similar. See, for example, the below tafsir entries of Ibn ‘Abbas (radi Allahu ‘anhu) and al-Tustari (rahmat Allah ‘alayh):
”And from his narration on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas that he said about the interpretation of Allah’s saying (Woe): ‘(Woe) severe punishment; and it is also said that this refers to a valley in Gehenna which is full of blood and puss; and it is also said that it refers to a well in the Fire (unto every slandering) who backbites people (traducer) and slanders and abuses them in their face.” (Tafsir Ibn ‘Abbas, 104:1)
”Woe to every backbiter (humaza), [who is] a slanderer (lumaza),Humaza means a ‘backbiter’ (mughtāb), [a word which is used] when a person maligns someone in their absence; lumaza means a person who defames (ṭāʿin), [that is] he defames someone when he sees them. [The verse] was revealed with reference to al-Wālid b. al-Mughīra.” (Tafsir al-Tustari, 104:1)
The Prophet (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was also quite clear about this matter. He (sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said:
“Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let them say the good or keep silent.”
“Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “To mention your brother in a manner he dislikes.” It was said, “What if my brother is as I say?” He said, “If he is as you said, you have backbitten him. If he is not as you said, you have slandered him.” (Muslim)
Another filthy aspect of ”The Cult Forum” is that it is filled with disparaging and mocking remarks. Many posters mock the personal qualities and habits of my beloved Caliph (ayyadahu Allahu ta’ala bi-nasrihi al-‘aziz) and various administrative members of Islam Ahmadiyya. It is as if they feel that the facelessness of the internet will shelter them from their accountability to God. Our Lord, however, does have full awareness of what they write and has clearly stated in the Qur’an what our remit is in this regard:
”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.
O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it…But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful.” (Q.49,11-12)
Put simply, even if someone is right in holding that Islam Ahmadiyya is false, they would be committing a major sin when back-biting and slandering others. Granted, there are instances in which back-biting is permissible, but I challenge anyone to show me ”idle mockery” and ”belittling sarcasm” in any books of Islamic law as positive actions.
And so I ask all of you reading this post, ”Isn’t it ironic that a group of people who are trying to ward the world away from the ”Anti-Islam Ahmadis” are attempting to do so by adopting tactics which are wholly un-Islamic, namely back-biting?” I would have no problem with them attacking Islam Ahmadiyya purely on theological and doctrinal grounds, but to engage so ferociously in a practice which was looked down upon so much by our beloved Prophet (Sall Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reprehensible. I should add an important caveat to what I have said above. I have a few non-Ahmadi Muslim friends and they are each decent, God-fearing Muslims who would never engage in these kinds of bad habits. And so I must conclude, with rose-tinted glasses and ”Husn al-Zan”, that the people on the ”Cult” do not represent the ordinary non-Ahmadi Muslim on the street who would surely look down upon such flagrant ”Ghibah” – wouldn’t he/she?
The bottom line, literally, is this – you all know that although it might feel good on a base level, these kinds of crude attacks are outright wrong!
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