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“Gossip is like a chain reaction, once it starts, it’s difficult to stop. Let’s break this chain by being mindful of our words and actions.”

Aubaid Ahmad Akhoon

In today’s society, spreading rumors and gossip has become a common practice, with little consideration for the consequences of such actions. However, from an Islamic and ethical perspective, such behavior is deemed sinful and forbidden. Islam teaches that every person is entitled to their privacy and respect, and spreading rumors or engaging in gossip is a breach of that trust.
The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)emphasized the importance of guarding one’s tongue and avoiding speech that may harm others. Our beloved Prophet (Pbuh) said, “A good word is charity,” and “The best among you are those who have the best manners and character.” These words emphasize the importance of good manners and the role they play in building a just and peaceful society.
Indirect aggression in any form, including spreading false rumors, gossiping, exclusion, and criticism, can be harmful and have serious consequences. It can hurt others, damage relationships, and create a toxic environment. While some studies suggest that women may engage in indirect aggression more often than men, it is not a universal truth, and both genders are capable of engaging in such behavior.
Gossiping is not only prohibited in many religious beliefs, but it is also unethical and goes against the principles of respect and kindness towards others. It is a form of verbal aggression that can cause harm to others without any justification. The harm caused by these actions can be long-lasting and can have a profound impact on the reputation and self-esteem of the individuals involved.
The impact of spreading rumors and gossip on children and society in general can be far-reaching and damaging. Children, who are still in the process of developing their sense of self and their relationships with others, can be particularly vulnerable to the effects of rumors and gossip. Negative comments and rumors about a child can lead to a loss of self-esteem and can cause emotional harm that can last well into adulthood.
In a broader sense, the spread of rumors and gossip can contribute to the creation of a toxic and unhealthy environment within a community. It can foster distrust, create divisions, and lead to a breakdown of relationships and social norms. Rumors and gossip can also be used to spread hate and discrimination, which can further harm vulnerable individuals and communities.
The effects of rumors and gossip can also be seen on a larger scale in society. For example, the spread of false information can create panic and fear, while rumors about public figures can undermine their credibility and reputation. This can have significant consequences for public trust and confidence in institutions and leaders.
In order to mitigate the negative impact of rumors and gossip, it is important for individuals to be mindful of the consequences of their words and to make a conscious effort to avoid spreading false information or engaging in harmful behavior. By promoting a culture of kindness, respect, and empathy, we can create a more positive and healthy environment for all individuals and communities that is free from the harmful consequences of spreading rumors and gossip.

In conclusion, spreading rumors and gossiping are serious offenses that go against the principles of Islam, as well as against ethical norms. In Surah Al-Hujurat of the Quran, it is stated, “O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin.” (49:12). This verse highlights the importance of avoiding negative assumptions and speaks to the harm caused by spreading rumors and gossip.

“By avoiding gossip and spreading kindness, we can create a harmonious and peaceful society where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”

The Author is a  Educational Columnist, MotivationalSpeaker/ Weekly ‘Education
Quill’ Associate Editor Working as Sr. Edp head at DD Target PMT Kmr the Reputed institute For Medical/JEE /Foundation, coaching classes