Posted by: alqamardesigns | August 16, 2008

Be careful of staining the whole ocean…

The Prophet (s) was looking into marrying Safiyyah (r). Aisha (r) saw her yet out of natural jealousy really didn’t want the Prophet to marry her. So the Prophet asked Aisha about her and Aisha said she was nice and everything was good about her, but then Aisha made a gesture with her hand to show that Safiyyah was short. In response to this the Prophet said:

“Just this gesture; if she were to put it into an ocean it would stain the whole ocean”.

[Sunan Abu Dawud, 41:4857]

Just this simple gesture which seems to many of us not to be backbiting was backbiting indeed and was a very serious thing. Many of us may be thinking what was the harm in this as it was only the truth. The reason the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘Alayhee wa Sallam) reprimanded Aisha was because it was meant as something bad, something to show that Safiyyah was not good enough and something that she would not want said about her. So the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘Alayhee wa Sallam) responded the way he did to show us that even this was wrong for her to do.

Source: http://www.a2youth.com/islam/articles/life/article002.html


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